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The Creeper Man

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  3,070 Ratings  ·  911 Reviews
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
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 14th 2016 by Orion Children's Books
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Emily May
Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, 2016, horror
"He's out there," I say, turning back to the window. "Always watching. Getting stronger."

And the Trees Crept In is a chilling read perfect for Halloween, or just anytime you want to not sleep.

I, of course, started reading this book at night. Being the fearless reader that I am, I shrugged my shoulders and went to bed afterwards with only one glance inside the closet just to be sure it was empty. Okay, maybe two glances. The real challenge came in the middle of the night when I needed a glass o
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

I feel like I just got off the crazy train with this book. I feel like my brain could be related to this book. This book is utter madness and I loved it!

Silla steals away in the night with her little sister Nori. They are running from their father who abused them, not that way, like punching out teeth and stuff. Their mother had told them about their aunt Cathy that lived in a mansion in the woods. It was all good at first, but then . . .


I love how this book is written and the
Hannah Greendale
Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend.

Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt's home, a decrepit manor the color of blood. Even though Silla knows there's something wrong with the house, it's better than the terrifying circumstances she and her sister left behind. But food is running low, and the forest around the manor seems to be creeping closer. Silla knows she and Nori must go, but something lurks in the woods, something that won't let them lea
I can’t rate this book.

Not because it’s bad or because I’m unbelievably conflicted about it, but for the following reasons:

1) I don’t read horror, and let’s say that at the mention of a giant dead spider found on a bed, there’s nothing else I can do but run.

2) It wouldn’t have been fair I think for me to rate this book, having barely read 10% of it.

It actually isn’t bad at all. It’s interestingly narrated and written and the story made me really curious.

BUT. I couldn’t read further. I just coul
3 stars to Dawn Kurtagich's And the Trees Crept In, a suspense and horror novel that at points I wanted to give a 5, but at others, a 1. It was insanity wrapped up in a bowl of champagne (pure delight which I love) spoiled by mushrooms (the devil's lurid food which I ate) and so forth. I settled on a 3... but not convinced of it.

Silla and Nori show up on their aunt's doorstep far away from their parents' home, claiming their mother sent them for a visit. Aunt Cath finds it strange and wo
Dawn Kurtagich
Nov 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: i-wrote-this
I wrote this! :)
may ❀
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to may ❀ by: Sana
Full review posted:

Do you like creepy?
Do you like horror?
Do you enjoy not being able to sleep without the lights being on?

If you answered yes or no to either of these questions then…..YOU NEED TO PICK UP THIS BOOK !!!!!

You’re probably thinking ‘omg may that’s a teRRIBLE idea’ and im here to tell you that it is but you love to make horrible decisions anyways so why not.

And besides, if I, the person who literally reblogs those ‘pass-this-on-or-you-will-die’ images on tumblr can handle this book,
Lala BooksandLala
Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, survival
This was a strange book. And that ending has me all types of fucked up.
Dec 10, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
While the positive reviews for And the Trees Crept In have been rolling in for the past few months, I'm left wondering, What did I miss? What a totally random, stupid book.

The cover is unbelievably stunning and the premise sounds so intriguing: It follows Silla and Nori, two sisters who move into their aunt Cath's spooky old manor. But Silla can't help feeling like the woods outside the house are creeping closer—and then there's the story about the Creeper Man in the woods.

The beginning actually
Kayla Dawn
Jul 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-besitz
I LOVED this book until the story started to come to an end. I HATED the end. It was such a lazy, uncreative conclusion to this otherwise very unique story!! I'm so angry lol.


Seriously, she was dead all along?? This is so old and overused I wished so hard that that's not what it's going to be. But of course it was. That's just the same shit as the "it was all just a dream" ending! Hell no.
That takes away all of the horror of the book. It's just so annoying!
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buddy read with my little sister because she was too scared to read it alone. 💖

Result: Annoying little sister and I were not scared, but creeped out.

I don't really know how to write reviews for horror novels (personally, I think this book is more of a thriller, but anyway) this is the first "horror" novel I've read. I'll try. I also don't read too much thriller because they rarely succeed in keeping me one edge. But I'm so excited this one did! I kinda fully judge a thriller by that (in additio
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 3/4 stars.

Holy fuckballs (don't even ask me what fuckballs are) this book destroyed me. This was one creepy and brilliant masterpiece. My eyeballs were glued to the page. I actually shivered from the chills and I could not stop reading this.

The plot, the characters, the creepiness was so perfect. I haven't read this much of a good horror book in ages. This book made me want to crawl under the covers and cry.

When Silla and Nora escape their abusive father and arrive to the blood manor everythi
Oct 20, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm so glad it's over.
And you call this scary??

I was so excited to read this book. Everyone says it's scary as hell and I was expecting a book that could make me cry from fear. I know I'm not easy to scare, but this one wasn't even creepy. Like AT ALL.
There was maybe some weird imagery (mam sewing hair in her leg, teeth falling etc.) that kind of stuck to my mind, but it didn't give me the creeps.
Everything else was boring. Silla keeps repeating the whole book how something is wrong and that the
Dawn Kurtagich
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-wrote-this
Update: The final pass pages (and final read) has been done for the book (both US and UK editions) and I'm so so so proud of this little book.

Trees sinisterly closing in, family legacy of pain, boy who she wants to love but can't = my book!

This book is a surreal little book full of weird. I quite like it!

It's the story of Silla Daniels, a girl who is trying to save her little sister, and inadvertently puts her in more danger than ever. But also, it's about a girl trying to find herself, her p
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
I would have easily given this book a four but it had SUCH a weak ending. It was super scary in the middle, and I loved the haunted mansion aesthetic, but I would never reread this book knowing how it ends. It isn’t even close to on par with the rest of the book.
This. Book. Was. Insane. Bonkers. Madness until the end. My eyes were glued to the pages and my thoughts ran something like this: "What the hell is happening? What is going on? What just happened? This is so effed up. What even is this? Holy shit. Oh my God. What?"


I suspect And the Trees Crept In is for a specific type of reader. A reader who doesn't care about understanding anything until the last 20 pages, a reader who likes to be kept guessing, a reader who really doesn't mind being confused
Nicay │The Nerdy side of a Queen

Review also posted on The Nerdy Side of a Queen

Cause: Memories are suppressed so the girl can survive.

Effect: A girl grows a granite heart.


I can’t believe I finished reading it without any symptoms of heart attack. The story was just so very creepy and mind-blowing.

Two sisters escaped from their father after they beaten without any reason. They escape and went to their Aunt Cathy at La Baume mansion.

Prisilla Daniels or Silla was the elder sister and she really loves her young
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

After chilling readers with her debut YA novel The Dead House last year, Dawn Kurtagich is back with another horror tale about two sisters trapped in a house surrounded by a haunted wood…and is it just their imagination or are the trees slowly closing in? Since I had such a good time with The Dead House, when the publisher sent me an ARC of And the Trees Crept In, I just knew I had to give this one a try.

As a girl growing
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
3.5 Stars

I had high expectations going into this, maybe a little too high because while I did like this, I didn't fall in love with it like I wanted to.

Don't get me wrong, it was good and definitely creepy at times but the writing also felt convoluted and the beginning was, not necessary slow but it did have a build up that took awhile to get there. To really get the feel of what was going on. We learn little by little exactly what the manor house is all about, what the creeper man is and of cou
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
“We have no right to children if despair is all we bring with us.”

Trigger Warning: Mental illness, suicide, child abuse.

If you are looking for horror this is probably not the book for you but if you want a psychological thriller that will make you question your own sanity than look no further!

Honestly, this is why I don't trust Goodreads for ratings on YA thrillers/horror. It's just like horror films, anything different gets a very low rating from the mainstream audience. In my opinion, th
Addi • Pages Within Me
What. The. Hell?!

That ending...I did NOT see that coming. I think I have whiplash, actually.


When sisters Silla and Nori leave their abusive homelife to go live with their questionably sane Aunt Cath, they have hopes of a new and better life. When they arrive at La Baume, the blood red manor in the middle of the woods, everything is wonderful at first. Cath seems to be just what the girls need, even if she and her ways are a bit strange. But then odd things begin to happen; Cath's obsessi
Creepy. Dark. Crazy. FUN!

This book had creepy twists and turns! The last few chapters are complete, "wait...wth is going on?" moments. Quick & fun read.
Cameron Chaney
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, read-in-2016, ya
Three little girls
knelt by an alder

to summon a man
to be their protector.

the little girls found
their game hard to bear

when their protector turned
and gave them a scare!

Those three little girls were sisters living in a bright, beautiful manor. Fast-forwarding many years later, only one sister named Cath still lives in the house. A house that is now the color of blood...

One day, Cath's two nieces show up on her doorstep seeking shelter from their abusive father. Little do they know that they are w
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't normally give such low readings and this is tragic because I was so excited to read this 😭 but I didn't enjoy it at all ahhhh it was too draggy and it drove me crazy AND the ending was just like ??? Are you seriously kidding me ?? The only thing I liked about this was the writing style which was interesting but yea I don't think horror is for me - I wasn't scared in the least - more like okay can we get this over with already... I didn't really like the explanation for why things occurre ...more
Mariah Smith (Vibin With Books)
I literally have no fucking idea what I just read. None.
I get the idea behind this, and it really is genius, but it was executed terribly. The plot was drawn out in a way that not only was boring, but was suffocatingly dark. There were no bright moments to ease up on the sadness, so I just didn't like feeling that hopeless for the entire book.
The ending was okay, and I understood somewhat of what happened, but I wanted more.
Ashleigh (a frolic through fiction)
Review originally posted on A Frolic Through Fiction: https://afrolicthroughfiction.wordpre...

*I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*


yes yeS YEs yEs YES YES YES!

This is exactly what I wanted needed!

I had high expectations – pretty obvious from how much I rave about The Dead House – and it did not. miss. a. single. one of them.

I’m just going to say this right now: if you don’t like horror, don’t like creepy stories, don’t like scary details
Krystin Rachel
“Rotting in your skin, rotting in your mind. You are rotting in this house. In this house you'll die.”

This book is a love story between sisters. It's a love story about a boy who can't love. It's a story about a teenage girl trying to decide what decisions are best, while carrying guilt and confusion and stumbling through her reality, unsure and uneasy.

...But mostly it's creepy AF.

Silla Daniels, and her mute sister Nori, arrive at their aunt's decrepit mansion, La Baume, after having escap
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have no idea how I feel about this book. I think this also falls into the Limbo of "I kinda liked it, but not that much"? I usually give these books a neutral 3 stars, but this one doesn't feel like it deserves 3.

The "haunted house" premise of the story is really cool, as is its kind of similarity to House of Leaves Just for the record, I didn't care much for House of Leaves, and "And the Trees Crept In" felt like HOL done right, with the very creepy house that may or may not change, and may o
Melissa Chung
Nov 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Giving this book 3.5 stars. It was definitely a different story then her first novel. The cool thing about this story being different is that I won't know what to expect from Dawn's next book.

The first book 'Dead House' was about 2 sisters that were going to a boarding school near a mental hospital. It had different formats through out the book. There were pictures, post it's, video stills and police reports. This book 'And the Trees Crept In' was written with a stream of consciousness. There a
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Dawn Kurtagich is a writer of creepy, spooky and psychologically sinister YA fiction, where girls may descend into madness, boys may see monsters in men, and grown-ups may have something to hide. Her debut YA novel, THE DEAD HOUSE, was called "an evil and original story" by bestselling author R.L Stine and ""...a haunting new thriller..." by Entertainment Weekly. Her second novel, AND THE TREES CR ...more
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“Tell me pleasant lies, and I will believe them before I throw them away.” 9 likes
“At least with my father, the danger was out in the open. I knew what to expect. But Auntie Cath is a different kind of dark altogether.
The worst kind.
The kind made from love.”
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