The Hollow Tree
Author: James Brogden
Published: March 13, 2018
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars
After losing her hand in a tragic accident, Rachel is plagued by vivid nightmares of a hollow tree, and a hand reaching from it, begging her for help. Terrified that she is going mad, Rachel experiences phantom sensations of leaves, trees, and finally a hand that grasps hers and pulls a young woman into Rachel’s world. She has no idea of who she is, but Rachel can’t help but think of the local legend of Oak Mary, the corpse of a woman found hidden in a hollow tree, and who was never identified. Three myths have grown up around the body; was she a spy, a prostitute or a murdered gypsy? Rachel is desperate to learn the truth, but darker forces are at work. For a rule has been broken, and Mary is in a world where she doesn’t belong…
Another odd read! I’m not gonna lie, halfway through this book, I was ready to just call it and move on to my next book but I’m really glad I didn’t! Unfortunately, one must slog thru the first half of this book in order to enjoy the second half, which is great! A lot of set up was required and that was all kinds of boring, but not really boring, just kinda difficult to get through. Everything felt a little disjointed. I wasn’t seeing any real connection between Rachel and her amputation and Oak Mary and her mysterious death.
But, the second half hit and boy howdy, it went off like a shot! Everything started coming together and making sense! Plus, there was a random asylum!! Y’all know I love those! By the time I was done, I was excited and actually wanted more! This is the kind of story that could be a series, but alas, it is not. I wouldn’t call this a kids’ book, it felt far too complicated! But for those who like spooky thrillers, as opposed to all out horror, this is a good one!