The Secrets of the Forest

The Secrets of the Forest

by Helena Brady


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Sarah-Rose is dying. The Forest is killing her. Soon, it will own her soul and decide whether she dies and is buried beside her father, or becomes a spirit wandering through its trees for eternity. She should have listened to everyone when they told her to stay out of the Forest. But after a family crisis, it's the only place she wants to be.

But there is something dark at work in the Forest. Something is hiding in the shadows. It seems the Forest holds more secrets than anyone ever realised.

Drawn to the mystery and magic of the trees, Sarah-Rose is unable to resist the urge to see what lies beyond the borders of the Forest. She's determined to discover its secrets before it takes her soul. But maybe some secrets should stay secrets. They might be the things that kill her first.

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ISBN-13: 9781788788908
Publisher: Austin Macauley Publishers Ltd.
Publication date: 07/31/2019
Pages: 218
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.46(d)

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The Secrets of the Forest 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
StewartBint More than 1 year ago
This fine debut novel from teenaged author Helena Brady may be aimed at young adults, but let me tell you, it's perfect for any fantasy lover, whatever your age. I'm 63...and I loved it. Helena began writing the book when she was 14, submitted it to a publisher at 15, and signed her publishing contract on her 16th birthday. Why is this relevant, you ask? Surely an author's age doesn't matter? Generally, no it doesn't. But I make reference to it because if you didn't know, you'd think it was written by an experienced, much older novelist. This un-put-downable novel (I finished it in three sessions), displays maturity far beyond the author's years, skilfully developing the characters with depth and purpose, making them instantly likeable. Many debut novels feature a good story, but badly written. Not this one. The high quality of the writing shines through from start to finish, as the moving (and sometimes gory) tale unfolds through a fine and balanced blend of dialogue and description. We're shown everything...not told. As soon as we turn the cover we almost become the main character, 16-year-old Sarah-Rose, seeing everything through her eyes, and feeling the tremendous mental pain and sadness she's experiencing. When we take our first steps deep into the forest, we quickly met angels and ghosts, and see hints that reinforce the forest's dark and dangerous reputation. In a way, it could be said to be a rites-of-passage story, as it revolves around Sarah-Rose's "turning," to reach "maturity." But this is no ordinary maturity...this is the maturity dictated by the forest. There are some startling twists, and a completely unexpected climax. The Secrets Of the Forest is probably the best book I've read this year, and Helena Brady is definitely an author to watch. In my opinion, she's got a long and highly successful career as a novelist ahead of her.