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3.56  ·  Rating details ·  5,855 ratings  ·  1,496 reviews
Stay away from the woods…

When Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt’s home, it’s immediately clear that the manor is cursed. The endless creaking of the house at night and the eerie stillness of the woods surrounding them would be enough of a sign, but there are secrets too—questions that Silla can’t ignore: Why does it seem that, ever since they arrived, the trees have been
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published September 6th 2016 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Emily May
Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
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
Aug 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the story, hated the ending.

Hannah Greendale
Dec 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Lala BooksandLala
Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
This was a strange book. And that ending has me all types of fucked up.
Oct 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 1-fiction
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 hate) 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
Kayla Dawn
I really loved this until the story started to come to an end. I passionately hate the ending.
It was such a lazy, uncreative conclusion to this otherwise very unique story!! I'm so upset lol.


Seriously, she was dead all along?? This is so old and overused aaah. That's 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 stupid.
Dec 10, 2016 rated it did not like it
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
♛ may
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,
Drcong O '
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Shelves: horror-gothic
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
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
Trina (Between Chapters)
Started to feel drawn out and repetitive around the middle, but pulled itself together in the end. The end is a little strange but I appreciate that Kurtagich actually provided answers and reasons.

If you liked 'The Haunting of Hill House' on Netflix, I think you would definitely enjoy this creepy house.

Audio review: 5 stars. Narrated by Polly Lee. Character voicing was good. The audio production utlizes background music, sound effects, voice distortion, and overlaid background whispering to up t
I think the on screen adaption of And the Trees Crept In would be delightfully creepy. As a novel it's messy, repetitive, and not remotely scary.

Also - I cannot STAND when extra, unnecessary formats are used in a book. They RARELY help move the story along and I think in this instance they were used more as a distraction than anything.

Like, ooh, here's a creepy poem at the beginning of each chapter to make you think this book is scarier than it actually is and LET ME JUST THROW IN SOME SIZE 46
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.
Dawn Kurtagich
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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
Oct 28, 2016 rated it did not like it
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Tom Lewis
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ho-ly fracking crap! I have never read such a mind frack (Battlestar Gallactica fans will get the expletive). This book was terrifying, in a “don’t read before bed” way, bizarre, twisting, and… wait for it… emotional. I can almost guarantee you will not predict the ending; and it packs such an emotional punch, it’ll leave you staring into space replaying it over and over in your head. 5 stars!
Krystin | TheF**kingTwist
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“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.

"He's out there," I say, turning back to the window. "Always watching. Getting stronge
Jennifer Gruenke
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?"


Because it takes a lot for a book to freak me out, this one gets high points for giving me the actual creeps. Fuck La Baume. I'm never staying in a big house in the woods, ever.

The writing is exceptional. I felt like I was in Silla's h
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
This one took me by surprise! The audiobook is great.
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
Nicay Magnate

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
This is a difficult book to review because it was a difficult book to read. Much of the story was repetitive, confusing and dreamlike and honestly I think I was too distracted at this moment in time to allow myself to fall into its world. I also had difficulty connecting to the characters. It felt like reading a pitch black fable of yore.

Here's what it's sort of about: two young girls and their aunt are trapped in a house infected by madness. They cannot leave as the woods won’t allow it and th
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 opi
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
Cameron Chaney
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, horror, 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
Julie Zantopoulos
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-it, read-in-2020
It's impossible not to see that House of Leaves was an inspiration when it comes to this novel. The vibes are so similar, the growing tension, the evil spell the house casts on the inhabitants, the eerie sensory experiences inside. It's another super freaky Dawn Kurtagich novel and one that I thought was really well done.

CW: Domestic abuse, murder, permanent disfigurement, suicide, suicidal thoughts, eating disorders, starvation, death of animals, body gore (a lot of teeth rotting/falling out),
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I think I’m gonna go with a 4.5 stars for this one
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.
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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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