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Review: And The Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich

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This was one of the books I stumbled across while going through one of my favourite Goodreads reviewer, Emily Mays‘s reviews. I like most of the books she has rated 4 or more stars. This was one of them. And I have been craving creepy books lately and this fit the bill.

And the Trees Crept In is about Silla and Nori, two sisters who run away from their abusive father, to go live with their maternal aunt Cath. She lives in a huge manor, named La Baume, in the middle of Python Woods. Though shocked at first to see two children at her doorstep, Cath takes them in and they are happy for a while. But when Nori, the youngest, wanders near the woods while playing Cath loses it. She warns Nori and Cath not to go into the woods because the Creeper Man lives there and that he would hurt little children who wander in to the woods. Silla thinks this is just a story Aunt Cath is telling them to keep them safely away from the woods. But soon she finds out that her aunt is coming unhinged and that she does believe in this Creeper Man. Cath finally loses it and locks herself in the attic.

Everything goes downhill from there. Because of impending war, the nearby town becomes a ghost town and the food supplies are running low and they’ve started to starve.Then Silla starts noticing things too. She notices the woods creeping in and starts seeing a tall man with a horrible grin and no eyes. And the roots are creeping ever closer.She cannot escape as that would mean going through the woods where the Creeper Man is. She can’t tell if she is going crazy or really seeing him.

This book has everything a chilling read needs – a Boogeyman, a Haunted house, a crazy lady and a protagonist who cannot tell if she is going crazy or not. And I was scared after reading around 20% into the book. I couldn’t fall asleep because of the way the creeper man is described in the book. The hysteria builds up throughout the books. There’s creepy poetry at the beginning of every chapter and the book in interspersed with Silla’s journal entries. I liked the journal bits because they had messages hidden in them.

It dragged on in parts though. Especially the middle. But am I glad I stuck with it. The ending explains all of it. This book reminds me of a movie. I can’t really put it down here in the review without it being a major spoiler. So if you want to know, then comment down below and maybe I’ll tell you. All in all this was a good read. I would rate it a 3.75 out of 5.

If you like reading horror or creepy books I would recommend the following –

  1. The Last Days of Jack Sparks by Jason Arnopp
  2. Five Stories High

 

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