Monday, October 10, 2016

Book Review: And The Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich (Horror-tober)

I'm always a fan of the horror genre but this month is October, so it's a special treat to kind of focus on it this month. To the extent that my attention span allows, a'course. I picked this book up purely based on the chilling title and the spookily- amazing cover porn.

When Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt's home, it's immediately clear that the "blood manor" is cursed. The creaking of the house and the stillness of the woods surrounding them would be enough of a sign, but there are secrets, too--the questions that Silla can't ignore: Who is the beautiful boy that's appeared from the woods? Who is the man that her little sister sees, but no one else? And why does it seem that, ever since they arrived, the trees have been creeping closer?

Filled with just as many twists and turns as The Dead House, and with achingly beautiful, chilling language that delivers haunting scenes, AND THE TREES CREPT IN is the perfect follow-up novel for master horror writer Dawn Kurtagich.

What I Had to Say About It:
Ok, yall. First this book is kind of fucked up.

We are with the main character through the whole story and her mind is kind of soft, if you know what I mean, and sometimes it’s not clear if she is imagining things or not… maybe she’s crazy. Or maybe she’s not. She's been through some stuff and that can really mess with your head.

This book sort of reminded me of Daughters Unto Devils and sort of like Hotel Ruby, even though neither one of those books remind me of each other and they really aren’t anything like this book at all. But kinda they are. 
The book starts with Silla and Nori escaping the home of their parents through trees and mud. The sisters find sanctuary in their Aunt’s home. But, then… seriously… the trees start to creep up on people! WHAT! And you are going to think you know what’s up with that and maybe you are right and then there’s the acid trip of the hallways are creeping and there's a hole with a voice coming out of it... 

Look, let me just say this. This is a great story with writing that keeps you going and doesn’t lose you in the madness. The imagery is great. The language is beautiful and the end is satisfying.

HOWEVER!! {possible spoiler below}

I get that epilogues are often used to create the space for the continuation of story. Ok, ok. But honestly, the epilogue here almost ruined it for me. The story resolves beautifully and then the epilogue introduces the idea of reincarnation as a way for the characters to have more life together. I almost threw the book through the window. But the trees were creeping me out.

I was really disappointed not to find any fan art for this one online. You people are slackin.' 

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1 comment:

  1. I haven't read this one yet, but I have read The Dead House...which was amazing. But from the sound of it, they both suffer from the same problem: too much stuff on their plate. In this one it may be the reincarnation aspect (I didn't read your spoiler, but you mentioned it in the last paragraph, so); in TDH it was - for me - the fact that it heavily relies on a particular kind of dark magic, very voodoo-like, which could have been integrated without having to take the front seat. I mean, it's integral to the story, I get it - but maybe a bit overdone? Dawn does know how to use words, though - I agree wholeheartily :).