And the Trees Crept In

And the Trees Crept In

by Dawn Kurtagich


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A stunning, terrifying novel about a house the color of blood and the two sisters who are trapped there, by The Dead House author Dawn Kurtagich

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316298704
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 09/06/2016
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 981,180
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.25(d)
Age Range: 15 - 18 Years

About the Author

Dawn Kurtagich is a young writer of psychologically sinister fiction, and she has a dark and twisted imagination! She lives in Wales, an ancient and mountainous country within the UK (go to England's Midlands and turn left towards the sea). However, she grew up all over the world, predominantly in Africa. She writes and blogs for YA Scream Queens and is a member of the YA League. She is the author of And the Trees Crept In and The Dead House.

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And the Trees Crept In 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
PriceGirls More than 1 year ago
AND THE TREES CREPT IN is a shocking tale told in a unique style of writing. When I first started reading the book I admit I was deeply confused and thought that the poetry and flashbacks of Silla's memory were completely random. It was not until halfway through the book that I began to realize it was a pattern containing hidden clues hinting about the end. At the very end of the book everything became crystal clear and I was amazed at how intricately placed and spaced out everything was to create a wonderful mystery. This is one book that I believe that anyone who reads this will definitely want to read it again.
Reddjena More than 1 year ago
OK. First off, this was one of the books I chose for the #ReadThemAllThon featured by Read at Midnight. If you remember, I picked it for the Cascade Badge as a book that might make me cry at instead of crying tears. Well, it did both. The story was intriguing, and the writing was well done. However, I really struggled to finish this book. I had picked it up because I loved Dawn Kurtagich’s debut book, The Dead House, from last year. That book was borderline horror/thriller and was created using various media entries to draw a picture. This book took a similar approach by utilizing poems, flashbacks, journal entries, and an unreliable/crazy narrator. Unfortunately, And the Trees Crept In went too far down the horror path for my liking. It made my stomach churn (physically not just mentally). The story was enough to keep me going to the end (as well as the reading challenge), but this is not something that I will ever want to reread in the future. It just… I don’t know, really upset my mental state, which is the exact opposite from the whole point of reading, for me anyway. The ending was an interesting twist that, on one hand, I liked and it helped my mental disassociation for finishing. On the other hand, it felt a little too much like a dream sequence. (It wasn’t, in case you’re worried.) But it did make it feel like I had wasn’t energy on the negative feelings for not a good reason. I completely understand that these are my own feelings, and I know there are plenty of readers who will greatly enjoy and appreciate all the points I just listed as assets to the story.
JamesJohnCudneyIV More than 1 year ago
3 stars to Dawn Kurtagich's And the Trees Crept In, a suspense and horror novel that at points I wanted to give a 5, but at others, a 1. It was insanity wrapped up in a bowl of champagne (pure delight which I love) spoiled by mushrooms (the devil's lurid food which I ate) and so forth. I settled on a 3... but not convinced of it. Story Silla and Nori show up on their aunt's doorstep far away from their parents' home, claiming their mother sent them for a visit. Aunt Cath finds it strange and worries that "he'll never let them leave," thus beginning the horror and suspense. As time progresses, Cath begins to go crazy and the trees that surround the house (initially hundreds of feet away) start creeping closer day by day. They hear voices. They see ghosts. They fear World War 3 has begun. The mail stops. And then it gets even crazier... Cath tells them the "Creeper Man" has come back, but then she disappears to the attic where she paces the floor nightly. Suffice to say... nothing is what it seems, and the crazy continues until the last twenty pages when it all comes together. But the path there is quite confounding and elaborate. Strengths The story is compelling. Two little girls frightened by either their imagination or something dark and real. But it happens every generation, just as it did to the girls' mother and aunts. With each page, you feel the drama exploding and you are very intensely interested in what's real and what's blurry. You will definitely be drawn in by the characters and the plot. Suggestions Too little is left out. Until the end, you really don't know the time frame of the story. Once you realize they are talking about World War 3, you realize it's in the future, but uncertain how far. You know it's in England, as they reference London a few times, but no real knowledge other than that. I believe it's intentional, but I think it could have been done in a more clear way. The formatting alters too frequently. Sometimes you are reading journal entries, sometimes you are reading narrative. The voice changes as character views change. I understand it's intentional, and necessary in order to keep some of the story's secrets, but I feel like it could have been done in a stronger way. For example (without giving away any secrets), more about what happened to the original young sisters should have been more dramatic, scary and eventful. We knew something happened, but not exactly what it was. If it had been more intense, the impact on the newer generation could have been more dramatic instead of erratic. Drama and suspense coming from reality is far more scary than something you know will end up being "made up." Final Thoughts I found myself skimming the middle section a bit. It got repetitive. The editor should have cut about 25% of the middle to make room for true action and scare, instead of the over-use of the same words and dreams. It would have propelled the story much more, and likely created even more of a fear-factor. That said, it is still an interesting read, worth a gander for those who are fan of a mega twist, fear and the past-come-back-to-haunt-you. But go in with open eyes as you will read the same words over and over again until the point you need to word-vomit. I think that's a new term... :)
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
I was looking for more in this novel, something more horrifying and eerie than what I found. I guess I thought this novel would be creepy or scary but for me, it was neither. I was tempted to put the novel aside a few times and move on but I finished it, for there was something about the Creeper Man that captured my attention. It’s not that the whole novel was horrible, it was just that things weren’t making sense and I felt lost. I usually like short, choppy sentences which this novel incorporated within its story but in this novel, I just couldn’t understand exactly what was happening as I read. There was a mysterious element to the novel which was entertaining and it added this ambiguous unclear picture as I read. Are these events really occurring or are these individuals going mad? Who actually knows the truth and when will this truth be revealed? The poor children in this novel, I felt for them, they were so innocent, who were they to turn to? What were they to do? It all began when Nori and Silla arrive at their Aunt Cath house unexpectantly. Anticipating riches and glamour in their aunt’s manor, the young children discover ruin and isolation. These children do find the safety and security that they were looking for and they are grateful that their aunt welcomes them and allows them to stay. Their aunt is just what the children needed, at least it looks like that for a few weeks until things start to go differently and then the children find that the forest that they had crossed to reach their aunt’s fortress is not just trees and brush but it holds something more sinister and evil. It is the Creeper Man that awaits them just inside the Python Woods, their aunt informs them and they must never go into the woods again. Silla begins to feel the call of the Creeper Man, Aunt Cath starts to behave strangely and little Nori begins playing in area of the house without Silla, thrilled to have a new friend that Silla knows nothing about. It is the boy Gowan who arrives at the house, his fascination with being at the manor, that has me questioning his being and his motivation. I enjoyed how the house affected the characters, changing them and affecting their judgment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was, just wow.. I just finished this and I'm speechless. It has so many twists and turns to it. I'll admit though that it was a tad bit slow at the begining. If you are debating on whether or not to read this, just throw caution into the wind and give it a go.. Be warned you will need a box of tissues :D
BookPrincessBlog More than 1 year ago
Real rating: 4.5 This book is a total mindtrip. I didn't know what the heck I was reading half the time yet I couldn't stop. It was an addiction - the thought always in the back of my head, forcing me to figure out just what the heck was happening. This was truly like any horror book or other book I've ever read. At first, I was very annoyed by the style that Dawn Kurtagich wrote in with all the little snippets, but after a while, I found it interesting and it seemed to fit the story perfectly. It was such an intriguing format, and by the end, I was enthralled by the atmosphere it created. I loved it. I can't say much about the storyline without giving anything away. Everything is tied together, and it led to one explosive ending. I won't say I knew what was going to happen, since I never really bothered to guess because the book had me just jumping from one chapter to the next, eager to let Dawn tell the story instead of me guess it. The only part that ever really bothered me was the ending. I was amazed by how it was wrapped up, but I dunno...I just felt it was a little off? I know that doesn't make sense, but perhaps I was never really sold on it. I'm not quite sure. This is definitely one book that I won't be getting out of my head for a while. It's definitely a book that lingers for a while, and the characters really resonate with you. This story is intriguing and interesting, and if you can get past the horror elements, it's a great read. I'm definitely going to be looking out for this author's future works, because she surely has a talent! I would recommend! Check out more of my thoughts:
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
Thanks to NetGalley and Little, Brown Books for the arc of And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich! The story opens in the 1980's when three girls playfully make a protector out of cloth, clay and other items they find around the house. Then, the story jumps to 2013 and a thirteen year-old teenage girl (Silla) and her four year-old sister (Nori) walk a long distance to live with their Aunt Cath in Blood Manor. They enjoy their time with Cath, until she becomes irrationally upset when Nori almost goes into the woods; the woods Cath has warned them to NEVER enter. After that, she lives in the attic while the house deteriorates and the food dwindles. In the meantime, Silla and Nori meet Gowan, a young man who claims to know Cath personally. As time passes, Silla slips further into confusion and madness. The woods keep moving closer and the manor seems to be sinking, while Silla and Nori grow hungrier. This book is creepy and mysterious and sometimes confusing, but then the author shines the light on the twisted story and it makes the confusion worth it. It makes sense in the wonderful ending and this book is proof of why I always finish the books I start reading because there is always the hope that it will turn out to be a good book! I also enjoyed the use of typography to portray emotion. Impressive - 4.5 stars!
CJListro More than 1 year ago
Original review on Sarcasm&Lemons: in depth After the creepy thrill ride that was Dead House, I knew I had to snag Kurtagich's second horror adventure. In the vein of Slenderman and other cringe-inducing (in a good way) urban legends, And the Trees Crept In is a sinister tale that worms its way up your spine and sparks chills that linger long after the last page. It's a strange, poetic, fragmentary, unsettling book, so this will be a strange, poetic, fragmentary, unsettling review. It's a chilling English nursery rhyme, a folk story of three sisters and the horror they wrought. It's also a manor house ghost story, the tale of two sisters escaping their abusive past only to find something darker haunting their steps. And it's a psychological thriller, the story of a girl and her aunt battling a madness that twists the boundaries between delusion and reality, leaving them--and the reader--tensely uncertain where the truth lies. Silla and Nori are memorable characters who clutch your heart quickly. Silla is the older sister, the protector, plagued by memories of the abusive father and fraught mother they left behind. Of a dark secret that's eating her alive. Nori is the baby of the family, mute but able to sign, vibrant and lively--the one light in a house shrouded in shadows. Aunt Cathy is well-meaning but beholden to the nightmares in her head, and Gowan, the strange outsider boy, offers love but also more secrets. These four souls are trapped in a blood-red manor surrounded by an ever-approaching forest. The plot is told in regular narration, flashbacks, rhymes, and slivers of Silla's ever-more-incoherent diary. The breaks and fragments have the effect of camera jerks in a horror movie, setting you off balance, preventing you from getting a clear sense of time, of place. Kurtagich's writing is raw, with a mix of lyricism and grotesquely carnal imagery that creates an atmosphere of the uncanny. The questions keep you reading, keep you tense and paging ahead. What's real? What's in Silla's mind? Who is the Creeper Man who hides in the trees? Where have all the outsiders gone? What's wrong with Aunt Cathy? Why are the trees moving? (Are the trees moving?) The bulk of it is Silla and Nori becoming increasingly isolated, warding off starvation, guarding themselves from a faceless, uncertain threat. It's a hallucinatory dreamscape, a mystery in fragments with a shocking final reveal. The secrecy of it all means you don't always feel the characters as deeply as you might want. The relationship between Silla and Gowan, in particular, feels off-kilter, and Nori is less present than I'd like. The beginning is also very quick-moving; I wanted more build-up, more sense of normalcy before the drop. It's a lot shorter than it seems due to the pictoral nature of many pages, so I think there's room for expansion. In the end, though, it does just what a horror novel should: knock you over, drag you around, tease and whisper and finally punch you in the gut. If you're looking for a sleepless night this Halloween season, then welcome to the blood manor. in a sentence And the Trees Crept In is a lyrical, atmospheric horror that draws you into its uncanny world and spits you out shivering.
tpolen More than 1 year ago
This author's first book, The Dead House, was a chilling, wonderful debut, so I was anxious to read her followup novel and might have done a little dance when I received it from NetGalley. This book contains such vivid imagery with the creaking old manor containing rooms that haven't been opened in years and the dangerous forest surrounding it - a perfect setting for this supernatural tale. Told primarily from Silla's perspective, it's difficult to determine what's real and what isn't as her sanity seems to spiral in different directions. And the trees! When Silla thinks they're moving closer to the house, it brought to mind the hedge animals in The Shining. Her journal entries and various sizes of fonts used in formatting are clever tools in portraying her emotions and jagged perception of reality. At times eerie, heartbreaking, and breathtaking, this is a dark, addictive, and totally captivating read with an ending you may or may not see coming, but one you won't soon forget. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.