The Creeper Man or And the trees crept in… whichever cover and title combination you’re looking at: it’s the same story from Dawn Kurtagich. I’m just happy I’m preordering the version with the gorgeous cover… and not that other thing with the not-so-great photoshop. You know, the red one with the ink stains running down the girl’s face? Not so compelling.
This, though! This is beautiful!
While I never wrote a review for The Dead House, as its release predated book reviews on this website, I did indeed enjoy the psychological thriller and I’m definitely looking forward to whatever Dawn Kurtagich writes next. (That book was a narrative mindf*ck that reminded me so much of the junior edition of House of Leaves that Kurtagich instantly won my respect and admiration. House of Leaves, if you’re not familiar, is one of those seminal post-modern horror novels that a lot of people reference but no one can really hold a candle to. It hurts my brain it was so good.)
And the trees crept in has a gothic horror edge to it with an isolated house, potentially some supernatural goings-on in the forest, and those good old isolation and madness tropes that I’m oh-so-fond of when it comes to breaking down a character.
Very much looking forward to this new, ya horror title once it hits shelves.
Waiting on Wednesday: And the Trees Crept in by Dawn KurtagichThe Creeper Man by Dawn Kurtagich
Published by Orion Children's Books on July 14th 2016
Check it out: Goodreads
A spine-chilling psychological thriller from stunning YA talent and author of THE DEAD HOUSE, Dawn Kurtagich.
When Silla and her little sister, Nori, escape London and their abusive father, Aunt Cath's country house feels like a safe haven. Leaving the smog and fear behind, the girls have the love and freedom they never had in their violent home. But slowly, ever so slowly, things begin to unravel.
Aunt Cath locks herself in the attic and spends day and night pacing; every day the surrounding forest inches slowly towards the house; a mysterious boy appears from the enclosing wood offering friendship, and Nori claims that a man watches them from the dark forest. A man with no eyes who creeps ever closer. . .
Psychologically sinster and creepily atmospheric, Dawn's second YA title is sure to grip fans of Stephen King, Kendare Blake and James Dawson.
* Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.