The Hollow Tree
From the critically acclaimed author of Hekla’s Children comes a dark and haunting tale of our world and the next.
WHO DANCED WITH MARY BEFORE SHE DIED?
After her hand is amputated following a tragic accident, Rachel Cooper suffers vivid nightmares of a woman imprisoned in the trunk of a hollow tree, screaming for help. When she begins to experience phantom sensations of lea
I love horror novels based on urban legends, though in the case of The Hollow Tree, I only found out that it was inspired by a local myth in the author’s hometown after I finished the book. In his afterword, James Brogden describes the real life 1944 discovery of a woman’s skeleton inside the trunk of a hollow elm in Hagley Wood, Worchestershire, England. Her real identity was never discovered—and neither were her murder ...more
The Hollow Tree is quite a dark read- it’s about solving the pasts’ grim mystery in a web of myths. Myths which ...more
I had no idea what this book was about all I know about it was about a female that lost her hand in a tragic boating accident, and that's all that I know about this book. Imagine my surprise when I first read the first few chapters of this book that there were so much more about The Hollow Tree that meets the eye. I really don't ...more
When she begins to experience phantom sensations of leaves and earth with her missing limb
C'mon, what's not to love about that concept. We all hear stories about amputees having phantom pains from the missing limb but I have never heard of an author taking that phenomenon in this direction.
After a boating accident crushed her hand, Rachel has the hand amputated and shortly t ...more
I won't go into the plot, that's what the sales description is for, but let me say that even if you think it all sounds a bit too complicated and fanta ...more
I put it down after reading 150 pages of it, and it's not bad persay, but when I look at my reading goal and the amount of days left, my brain does not want to put effort into this book.
I will likely keep this around and may get an itching for it in the future, but this is officially being DNF'd for now.
With that said, I liked the main idea in the story. That was pretty cool and there were plenty of twists and turns to keep my interest engaged. This story is heavily insp ...more
James Brogden's The Hollow Tree is an atmospheric and intricately written dark fantasy novel for readers who love dark and unsettling stories. It's one of the finest dark fiction novels of recent years and can be highly recommended to fans of the genre.
After reading James Brogden's previous novel, Hekla's Children, I was convinced that he is a talented author and my instincts were correct. He truly is one of the best new dark fiction authors, because The Holl ...more
The story's protagonist, Rachael, is plunged into the mystery in a unique fashion. After losing her arm, she discovers that her "phantom limb" is quite literal. It can ...more
Concerning the myth of Oak Mary, and who she danced with before she died, the novel explores an urban myth near Birmingham and expands on this to create an incredibly full but very dark novel. Which I love. I wasn’t ready for the darkness of this at first but what a stunning read. Easy to get lost in; just maybe sleeping with the lights on for the next few weeks.
If yo ...more
Cold as cold can be
Waiting for the sky to fall
Who will dance with me?
A fast paced and utterly gripping novel. The Hollow Tree is a horror novel (that wonderful slow burn of creeping horror) based on an urban legend and I absolutely loved it. The characters were strong and well written and the prose was damn good.
The story takes inspiration from the Hagley Woods murder - in the 1940s, the body of a woman was found in a tree trunk. She has never been formally identified and th ...more
(copy from publisher and voluntarily reviewed)
I was gripped from the start of The Hollow Tree and could not wait to find out what happens next.
The book took ages to read, because real life got in the way, not because I wasn’t loving every word on every page.
The concept behind The Hollow Tree is original and I found the book fascinating and terrifying in equal amounts. I loved reading about Rachel discovering her creepy new ‘talents’. If things weren’t cree ...more
(ARC copy given by Titan in exchange for an honest review)
So, um, whoa.
First off, when I got the email asking if I’d be interested in this ARC (which, can I also say, is still one of the freaking coolest things EVER?!), I was a little bit hesitant.
Mostly because I’m a wimp.
It’s a horror novel. A horror thriller. I’m the type of person who watches horror films, if people force me (or if he is really attractive, as I used to claim), between fingers ...more
This book is a supernatural roller coaster of whos, hows, and whys! We go on a journey where a woman who had a horrible boat accident lost her hand but gained a supernatural ability. As we go along this journey we are introduced to a whole new ...more