THE HOLLOW TREE, by James Brogden, Titan Books


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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…

Out March 6th, 2018

MY THOUGHTS:

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

This story rocks!  I absolutely love the whole package: the thriller part, the mystery part, the paranormal part, the self-discovery part, and the do what is right for a change, not what is popular… The whole thing is put together with precision and dedication to the finer details.

The MC is strong, intelligent and grows on you as her character arc develops and pushes along to obtaining her goals. All the characters are fleshed out and three-dimensional.

The plot is constructed in such a way that although you see many different aspects and backstories, you understand the place in the time-line and structure of the story perfectly.  Everything serves a purpose–no filler here.

The book holds your attention and moves you along transitioning from one plot element to the next easily and flowing smoothly. The pace is steady and not jumpy.  There are a lot of ‘edge of your seat’ moments that just build, build, build tension until the climax. You’ll learn a bit about history and lore since this story is loosely based on a real moment in history.

I loved this book and recommend it to everyone.

I gave this book:

5-star

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