The Hollow Tree
Rachel Cooper lost her left hand in a boating accident. She is starting to deal with the loss and then begins feeling phantom sensations. That is fairly common among those who lose limbs; however, she is feeling things with her left hand that aren’t there. She is drawn to The Hollow Tree, where there is a memorial of sorts set up for Oak Mary, a woman found in the tree during World War II but whose identity was never discovered. Somehow Rachel ends up pulling Mary into our world, but there are consequences that must be paid when you mess with the land of the dead. The answer to everything lies in who Mary really is and finding out where she belongs.
I love ghost stories, so I was drawn to this one. The main reason I didn’t give it five stars is it felt like the author wrote the story and wasn’t sure what genre he wanted it to be in. At first, it came across as a horror story. There were plenty of creepy moments, which are always fun. Then it started slowing down and became bogged down in explanations, turning it more into a science fiction/fantasy story. I like all of those genres, it just felt a bit disjointed. I still enjoyed the plot, though, so it is still worth your time. I love Rachel’s ability throughout and her role in the end. She had the perfect amount of snarkiness to make her relatable without sounding over-the-top.
Overall, this is an enjoyable read to add to your list. Not as scary as the cover would make you believe, but still fun. I think this particular book would be something someone who enjoys light horror or science fiction/fantasy would like, but it may not be for the mystery/thriller crowd.
|Page Count||448 pages|
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|Category||Mystery, Crime & Thriller|