Book Review | And the Trees Crept In
Title: And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich
Genres: YA, Paranormal, Horror, Mystery
Published by: Little Brown Books for Young Readers (Sept. 6th, 2016)
Stay away from the woods…
When Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt’s home, it’s immediately clear that the manor is cursed. The endless creaking of the house at night and the eerie stillness of the woods surrounding them would be enough of a sign, but there are secrets too—questions that Silla can’t ignore: Why does it seem that, ever since they arrived, the trees have been creeping closer? Who is the beautiful boy who’s appeared from the woods? And who is the tall man with no eyes who Nori plays with in the basement at night… a man no one else can see?
I discovered And the Trees Crept In at a library book sale I recently went to. I’d never heard of the book, but was instantly intrigued by the synopsis, and since Halloween was quickly approaching, I decided to get it! And let me just say, I am so glad I did!
This book was such a wild ride! The whole premise of this novel was so intriguing. I was entirely enveloped in this story and the further the story progressed the more I couldn’t stop reading it.
And the Trees Crept In was so spooky, too! Every time I tried to read this book at night, I just had to stop. The Creeper Man started getting into my head too much to continue. This story was so perfect to read during Halloween time!
One thing I absolutely loved about this novel was the writing style and formatting. There’s flashbacks, journal excerpts, and just so much more and I loved reading it all. I was really able to get inside Silla’s head and and see and feel what she was thinking.
I loved the all the characters, too. I didn’t ever know who to trust or what was really happening, but I thought they were all so well done!
I will say, I was so confused while reading this. I had no idea what was real and true and what was fake. There were so many twists and turns in the plot. That being said, everything is made clear at the end of the novel! And, oh boy, that ending. I won’t spoil anything, but just what an ending!! I was gripped until the very last page.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. And the Trees Crept In was such a well-written, book filled with mystery, action, and just the right amount of horror. This book was such a spooky, compelling, and emotional read. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for an intriguing and creepy read!