Title: The Twisted Tree
Author: Rachel Burge
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Audience: Young Adult
Martha can tell things about a person just by touching their clothes, as if their emotions and memories have been absorbed into the material. It started the day she fell from the tree at her grandma’s cabin and became blind in one eye.
Determined to understand her strange ability, Martha sets off to visit her grandmother, Mormor – only to discover Mormor is dead, a peculiar boy is in her cabin and a terrifying creature is on the loose.
Then the spinning wheel starts creaking, books move around and terror creeps in . . .
I wasn’t sure what to expect heading into The Twisted Tree as I get scared quite quickly and am not usually a fan of spooky books. But I really enjoyed my time reading The Twisted Tree and can’t wait to dive into the sequel soon.
The Twisted Tree characters were really well developed, and I felt as it they fit the story’s vibes. I particularly liked Martha and appreciated that she acknowledged her mistakes and the decisions that she had made. Stig was a bit confusing to me, and I couldn’t make out his intentions. But that made The Twisted Tree even better. There was the start of a possible relationship between Martha and Stig, but it wasn’t a central part of the plot, which is something that I like to see from some of the young adult books that I read.
The atmosphere is a big part of the experience when reading The Twisted Tree and Rachel Burge really delivered. The Twisted Tree has the correct balance between spooky and calm moments that left me turning the pages because I wanted to find out what happened next. I also think this was helped by Rachel Burge’s writing style, which flowed nicely and didn’t ever feel static.
The ending of The Twisted Tree was quite fast paced, and I really enjoyed how it finished. I can’t wait to get my hands of the sequel, The Crooked Mask, as The Twisted Tree ended on a cliffhanger that I was not expecting. Fingers crossed I can get to it soon.
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