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Keeping with the theme of spooky reads in October, The Dark Between the Trees is a gothic-folk horror book that I was excited to dive into. I requested this ARC because it sounded like something I would love….creepy woods with rumors of a malevolent entity? Sign me up!
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I had high hopes for The Dark Between the Trees, and for the most part, they were fulfilled. A gothic-folk thriller about a forest, Moresby Wood, which is known to be an unnatural place; the realm of witchcraft and shadows, where there are tales of the devil walking by moonlight. In 1643 seventeen men enter the wood and only two are ever seen again. Now, five women scholars are entering the wood to once and for all discover the truth of what happened.
This book was incredibly atmospheric, and I felt immersed in the creepy Blair Witch feel of the woods. There is suspense and tension with the mysteriously shifting landscape and talk of evil entities. The narrative switches between the soldiers in 1643 and the five women 300 years later, but I didn’t find it hard to follow. I enjoyed the creep factor and the slow buildup, and felt it was a great spooky read for October.
The ending may not have been conclusive or answer ever question, but in this case I didn’t mind it. It gives the story an overall feel of loneliness, confusion, and hopelessness. It may not be for everyone, but I quite enjoyed the folklore of the forest and the overall dread and fear felt by the characters in the book.
Special thanks to Rebellion, Solaris and NetGalley for this eARC in exchange for an honest review.