“Bewitching darkness laces every chapter, every word. This is the kind of book we stay up all night to finish. It’s simply remarkable.” ~ Da Chen, New York Times best-selling author
Beautiful Blackthorn Island is a small community, but at its heart lies a big, ugly secret…
The island of Blackthorn is a seemingly normal place that hides an evil secret. Not only does the island have strange trees that appear like exotic, menacing beasts – several of its youngest residents have mysteriously disappeared over the years. Some inhabitants think that the island’s trees even look like the missing children.
Paul Gold, one of identical twin boys, is the latest child to go missing. When his mother and sister believe they are seeing him again on the island years after his disappearance, they are determined to discover the truth behind what happened to him.
But there are those on the island who are just as determined to keep the secret…
I have to start my review off with a bit of cover love as I absolutely love the cover for this book. The black, red and white with the images, make it eye catching and it’s a book I would have picked up from the cover alone.
The story starts off with the disappearance of Paul who is an identical twin on a trip out to the park. You could feel the fear and emotions as his mother realises he is missing and the days that follow when he still hasn’t been found.
We then see Paul’s family as the years go on in the aftermath. It was interesting to see the relationship, more so with the mother and the other two children and how it affected them all. The story focuses more on Katie the sister. It’s hard to say to much without giving it away but through Katie it gives the story more of a super natural feel.
There is an air of mystery throughout with some of the island’s residents as well as the trees. The author feeds us little snippets, keeping the readers interest piqued and wanting to unearth the islands secrets.
The Tree Beasts is a gentle mystery/suspense novel story a bit of fantasy thrown in for good measure. It will appeal to young adults and adults alike. It didn’t take me long to read as it is a relatively quick read for a novel. It has everything it needs though to make for a good solid read and definitely kept me entertained.
My thanks to the author for a readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Bestselling crime author E.R. Fallon knows well the gritty city streets of which she writes. She studied criminology and was mentored by a leading advocate for the family members of homicide victims. E.R. is currently writing a book about living with autism and also working on her next gangland book, The Trouble Legacy, with her writing partner, KJ.