Thank You very much to the publisher – Hot Key Books for the review copy.
Release date: 10 01 2019
Price*: Kindle £2.48 (GBP)/ Paperback £5.99 (GBP)
Kindle $3.14 (USD)/ Paperback $11.58 (USD)
Pages: ~ 256
My rating: 8/10
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What I learned from this book: I learned a lot about Nordic mythology.
Description of the book: 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 …
Set in the remote snows of contemporary Norway, THE TWISTED TREE is a ghost story that twists and turns – and never takes you quite where you’d expect.
How this book made me feel: I had the chance to meet the author and find out more about what inspired her to write this story, and from the reactions of people who already read it, I knew it is going to be a book to give me chills, and it definitely lived up to the expectations.
Martha is our protagonist in this novel, and this book is told from her perspective. I really liked Martha, she is different, she is blind in one eye and marked with a scar that makes her doubt herself. There is no very wide selection of characters, but all of them are very intriguing. I really liked Stig (the boy who ran away from his home) in this book as well. He is strange but at the same time very sweet and likeable. One thing that I really don’t understand is the need for kids to consume alcohol in books. Why? In this case, it did not bring anything to the story, so I think it could’ve been left out.
I really liked the way the author combined different themes in this book. We have modern day youth entwined with ancient mythology, magic, demons and souls, and topped up with a little bit of romance. It was a dark and spooky read, the whole setting of this novel feels isolated and gloomy, set in a little island in Norway during winter, where snowstorms rattle the whole house. It is a tiny book, so the story is really fast-paced and filled with interesting turns and twists. I really enjoyed how the author analysed the family relationships through our main characters. It was heartbreaking but very amusing at the same time.
I really liked the writing style of this novel, it is easy to understand, but it delivers a lot of new things to me. There is plenty of Norwegian mythology in this novel, and I think the author has done a great job with the research. The chapters were a decent length and didn’t feel draggy, and I absolutely loved the artwork used in this novel, it made the reading experience more enjoyable. The ending was nicely written, but it left me with many unanswered questions. What happened to Martha and Stig? Who is going to water the tree? Etc.
So, to conclude, it was a really good read, filled with unique and different characters, as well as action-filled and entertaining plot, where magic and scary ghosts are only a few steps away, hidden in the Twisted Tree. 🙂 Do give this book a read and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did. 🙂
Thank You for Your time 🙂
About the author: Rachel Burge is a writer living in England. During the day she works as a freelance copy writer but by night she writes creepy tales surrounded by candles, usually with a horror soundtrack playing.
She doesn’t get out much, but can sometimes be found muttering plot ideas to herself whilst walking in the woods with her handsome black Labrador, Biff.
Rachel has always been drawn to the macabre. As a child, she would write stories and draw pictures that her mum would take away because they gave her nightmares.
She has seen a ghost, and to this day swears she once saw a doll’s hand move by itself when she was a kid. Unfortunately, her first proper writing job was on The Dolls House Magazine, which meant handling dolls and styling them for photo shoots (oh the horror!). Thankfully, dolls don’t feature in her work – much.
Website – http://www.rachelburgewriter.co.uk / Twitter – @RachelABurge
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