Full Disclosure: I was given an advanced copy of this book for a fair review.
Author: E.M. Fitch
Pub. Date: February 28, 2017
Format: Paperback, eBook
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Cassie and Laney fancy themselves amateur ghost hunters. When a carnival comes to town, Cassie embraces the chance to try something new.
Carnival workers watch the girls with a collective gaze that ignites in Laney a dark and dangerous fascination, leaving Cassie unnerved.
It’s not just their age or the unsettling way they stare. There is something in the shifting of their skin and the way their features seem to change in the shadows.
Cassie can’t shake the sickening feeling that there’s more to the carnival than meets the eye.
When townspeople suddenly start dying and bloody warnings appear around town, Cassie is lured into a nightmare where trees whisper and strange, shape-shifting men haunt the backwoods she once hunted for ghosts with her best friend.
Then Laney goes missing, and only Cassie can get her back. But the creatures of the trees aren’t simply going to hand Laney over to Cassie without getting something in return.
Fitch stays true to her suspense roots (check out her zombie books, y’all) with her newest novel, OF THE TREES. I’m a big fan of creepy carnival stories, SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES being one of my all time favorites, and Fitch delivers a great one in his novel. Cassie was easy to relate to, and I liked the dynamic of 2 boys and 2 girls as friends who didn’t have to be dating (although there was eventually some smoochy relationship tension). The mystery was fun and creative, and the ending satisfying. Then again, I love a messy ending. So take that as you will. Most of all, I need to comment on Fitch’s writing style. She is an expert at pausing in the moment with a beautiful turn of phrase, and just the right word choice to make the scenes not just come alive, but sing. This will appeal to those who enjoy a more literary feel to their suspense and horror. Think FOREST OF HANDS ANS TEETH by Carrie Ryan and you’re good to go.
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E.M. Fitch is an author who loves scary stories, chocolate, and tall trees. When not dreaming up new ways to torture characters, she is usually corralling her four children or thinking of ways to tire them out so she can get an hour of peace at night. She lives in Connecticut, surrounded by chaos, which she manages (somewhat successfully) with her husband, Marc.
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