The Ghost Tree
by Christina Henry
When people go missing in the sleepy town of Smith's Hollow, the only clue to their fate comes when a teenager starts having terrifying visions, in a chilling horror novel from national bestselling author Christina Henry.
When the bodies of two girls are found torn apart in the town of Smiths Hollow, Lauren is surprised, but she also expects that the police won't find the killer. After all, the year before her father's body was found with his heart missing, and since then everyone has moved on. Even her best friend, Miranda, has become more interested in boys than in spending time at the old ghost tree, the way they used to when they were kids.
So when Lauren has a vision of a monster dragging the remains of the girls through the woods, she knows she can't just do nothing. Not like the rest of her town. But as she draws closer to answers, she realizes that the foundation of her seemingly normal town might be rotten at the center. And that if nobody else stands for the missing, she will.
This was horrifically disturbing. The writing was outstanding. The multiple POVs made me feel all the more confused and Oh My Goodness...the creepiness was otherworldly. I don't usually read horror books but I just had to make an exception for this one. Also, that cliffhanger, I hate you sooooooo much. Seriously, it was a gory, scary, chill inducer, rollercoaster of emotions. I LOVED IT!
P.S: I started reading this book at night, so yes, I slept wonderfully.
WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! ABORT IF YOU HAVENT READ IT YET!
This book, let me tell you about this book. Long story short, I couldn't go up the stairs like a normal person (whatever that means) for a week. For real, I'm pretty sure I outran Usain Bolt in those perilous 5 seconds, in which I thought a monster was going to dismember me, eat me, and leave my beheaded sack of bones in some racists backyard (get it? Mrs. Sharsgewygd or something like that, stupid old geezer). I wasn't sure if I wanted to read this, for the sole reason that I'm not that into paranormal horror books. Ghosts, demons, vampires...yeah not that interested (without counting werewolves because they are just *muah* perfection) But still, I read it and fell in love. Though I'm not sure what that says about my likes, I'm almost certain that I haven't taken more notes in any of the books I've read than in this one. Sometimes I wanted to smack people so hard thair teeth would go up to their cerebral cortex and other times I just wanted to snuggle and comfort and cry with them. Speaking of crying, Miranda. I literally felt like crying at her idiotic, moronic, piece of trash of self, and oh! is that the monster??? Let me just drop this tube of lipstick and this magazine of the Jonas Brothers in the middle of the path to see if I can catch some bait. Here she comes, the queen of morons. Bam! dead. Beheaded, disemboweled, and whatnot. But you'll get it if you've read this, if you haven't, I sincerely have no idea what you're doing reading this. Back to the book in question, Karen was a piece of work, now that's another person I wanted to punch. Still, after finishing this story, I don't know if she was an overbearing, domineering, and tyrannical person or if she was simply under the possession of the Ghost Tree. Can someone answer that for me? I really need to know. And then we have David, that's a person whom I wanted to snuggle and cuddle with. He was just so sweet and kind and well behaved, which for a kid of 4 years that's basically unheard of (excuse my french). The only thing about him that got me all 'Oh, yeah, nop' was him hearing the screams of the dying girls and knowing all this stuff that I, in the place of his mother would've sent him to a mental institute. I'm sorry, I'm quite aware that you're adorable, cuddly, and patient but no. Creepy kids are where I draw the line in my life. Ain't no small demon gonna kill me in my sleep. No sir. Be like, bye Felicia if given the chance. Heh. Moving forward, this book reminded me a LOT of Heartwood Box by Ann Aguirre(which I will be writing a review about in the future) and Red Hood by Elana K. Arnold. Which is not to say that it was a copy or anything, it just had similar principles and such. One of the things I liked from this story was how relatable the characters were, how their struggles (apart from the monster thing, of course, unless you count Politici-) the simple act of writing about lathering your hair really sells the characters as human enough to justify those dumb decisions they made throughout this book. Speaking of characters, the Mayor Sadist (yes, I did rename him, sue me). Hold me back, hold me back. The amount of times I wanted to throw him down the stairs is unconventional. He was...UGH. That's a pretty accurate description of him apart from another one being 'he's the human incarnation of vomit, acidic vomit.' He was a manipulating, self-serving, sociopathic grassnugget. Jumping forward here, Jake. Oh, dear Jake, I thought you would be the monster. I really did. But I also thought EVERYONE was the monster because, with books such as this, you can never be too careful. I was like the Oprah of murder mysteries 'you are the killer, you are the killer'. sigh* My brain works wonders sometimes... where was I? Oh yeah, Jake. It was either between him, Lauren's dead dad (cause David could hear him), or every person in a 50-mile radius. You can tell I would make a great detective.*snort*The thing is, Jake won me over eventually so the other person that was on my X-LIST was Officer Hendrick which praise the bookish heaven, was the real monster. And I didn't understand why, until, Loren described that for the monster to get inside a person there had to be some sort of semblance of darkness which I am pretty sure was implied when he said something along the lines of ' I've been watching you since you were a child, waiting for you to fall fro me' which hello? Officer Hendrick was at least 25 and she was 15 yeah, some darkness alright. The action was so intense, the foreboding sense of 'somethings about to go down' and ew! Hendricks romanced Miranda! And then he killed her. What a surprise. It turned out the curse that was in that village was that every year a monster would take one girl in retribution of another girl that was killed. And then we get the full story, Lauren's dad went in her place to the Ghost Tree and got killed, which started the whole random killings and which left me on the edge of my seat. Throughout the book the scariness jumped out at me on several occasions, the writing was magnificent, the storytelling fantastic and will I be able to re-read it in the future? heck yeah! Just not today, or tomorrow or the day after that, to be honest. On the last note, I just want to say... WHAT THE H-E DOUBLE TOOTHPICKS WAS THAT ENDING?!?!? I HATED IT. I. HATED. IT. UGH! HOW IN THE WORLD AM I GOING TO MOVE ON???? I NEED ANSWERS!
The authors exceptional writing.
The creepiness was disturbingly fantastic.
Gruesome details which, *horrified shiver*, were magnificent.
The whole thing.
David being the perfect sibling, which, where can I get him?
That ENDING! I hated it but like, in a good way.
P.S: I still can't go up the stairs without runnin- what was that noise? Oh my gosh, I'm too young to die, I'M TOO YOUNG TO- oh, hi mom.