The Twisted Tree Book Review

The Twisted Tree Book Cover The Twisted Tree
Racheal Burge
Fantasy, Young Adult, Horror
Hot Key Books
January 10th 2019

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 . . .

Twisty and dark

The Twisted Tree by Racheal Burge is a fantastic twisted dark book. The book is set in Norway and brings with it twisted Nordic mythology. It is a super dark and haunting story and the hairs on your arms WILL rise while reading it.

The story follows Martha, a teenager who wants nothing more than to find the answers to her special abilities. Upon touching the clothing of a person, she can find out information about them. This ability started after she fell out of a tree at her Grandmother’s house. Her mother will not tell her anything about the powers she holds, so she sets off to Norway to visit her Grandmother – Mormor – for answers. However, upon arriving on the island where she lives, she finds out that she is dead. The only thing that waits for her at the house is a boy. From there the boy and Martha start discovering that not everything is at it seems.

The Twisted Tree is a dark tale and the way that Burge writes is breathtaking. You can visualize everything in the cold Nordic landscape. The story feels incredibly thrilling and tense. It is the type of book that you struggle to put down because you want to know more! What happens when all the lights go off? What will happen to Martha and the boy? It makes you keep guessing until the very end!

Fearless. She is fearless.

I really enjoyed reading about Martha. She is a very brave and determined girl who wants to find information. To me, Matha is fearless and that resonates so strongly in The Twisted Tree. With all the darkness and twisty happens that occur, she is willing to continue finding out what is going on.

I also really enjoyed the boy, Stig. He just added an extra mystery to the book and the relationship between him and Martha is really nice to read about. Even though there is a slow-build sort of romance between Martha and Stig, it is not the main focus of the story. The main focus is all the creepy happenings and creatures that are lurking behind the corners.

Overall, this book terrified me. There were actually moments that I slightly freaked out. I’m not that good with horror though so that could have been just me! The Twisted Tree is a fantastic atmosphere filled book that is a must read!

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