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Goodre helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book. After losing her hand in a tragic accident, Rachel is plagued by vivid nightmares of a hollow tree, and a hand reaching from it, begging her for help.
Terrified that she is going mad, Rachel experiences phantom sensations of leaves, trees, and finally a hand that grasps hers and pulls a young woman into Rachel's world. She has no idea of who she is, but Rachel can't help b After losing her hand in a tragic accident, Rachel is plagued by vivid nightmares of a hollow tree, and a hand reaching from it, begging her for help. She has no idea of who she is, but Rachel can't help but think of the local legend of Oak Mary, the corpse of a woman found hidden in a hollow tree, and who was never identified. Three myths have grown up around the body; was she a spy, a prostitute or a murdered gypsy?
Rachel is desperate to learn the truth, but darker forces are at work. For a rule has been broken, and Mary is in a world where she doesn't belong Get A Copy. Kindle Edition. More Details Other Editions 2. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please up.
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Her real identity was never discovered—and neither were her murder 3. Fascinated, I went to do some more reading on the topic, and was chilled by what I found out. Brogden, however, has created something truly vast and impressive out of Bella in the Wych Elm urban legend, drawing heavily on its basis as well as a lot of the rumors and theories surrounding it.
The protagonist of The Hollow Tree is Rachel Cooper, a young woman whose life is suddenly shattered when she loses her hand in a traumatic boating accident. Fighting hard to remain optimistic through her recovery and therapy, she soon learns to adapt with living with only one hand, as well as how to deal with the symptoms related to limb loss such as phantom pain. But unfortunately, there is little she can do about the nightmares. In her dreams, she keeps seeing vivid images of a hollow tree, with a hand reaching out to her from it, as if begging for help.
Soon, the visions get so bad that Rachel is starting to experience delusions even during her waking hours. Her missing hand also keeps bothering her, feeling so present and alive, experiencing all kinds of sensations that should not be possible. To me, The Hollow Tree feels very much like a story told in several distinct parts. The first third of the book is a very good character study of Rachel. I really felt for Rachel, who now must face her new reality of living without her left hand, but her determination and courageous attitude soon endeared me to her.
I admired her a lot for her optimism, but at the same time, her struggles were portrayed realistically. Sometimes, memories of the incident would drag Rachel into a dark place, but those are also the moments in which her character felt the most genuine, with her true nature shining through as she resolutely refuses to wallow in her self-pity or to blame anyone for her problems.
In fact, much of the suspense in this book stems from the fact that Rachel is so independent, always opting to tackle conflicts head on by herself, and that defiant streak often leaves her alone in many frightening situations. For the rest of the book, however, my feelings were a bit more mixed. Sometimes, when too much is revealed too early on or all at once, a story can lose much of its mystique, and I think this is what happened here. So when all was revealed in the second third, it almost felt like the suspense was shattered too soon.
While there was still plenty of action and danger to follow, sadly the story never quite managed to regain its foreboding atmosphere and eeriness, becoming a lot more like a straightforward paranormal thriller. Since I had been expecting a lot more horror, this made me feel slightly disappointed. View all 3 comments. I took a chance on the book simply for the striking cover, and damn it, I wanted to find out who danced with Mary Oak before she died.
I was not entirely prepared for the fullness this book presented to me. Myths which essentially have come to life from the other side to fight for being named the truth. You see, the dark side has its own agenda and what living humans have created around this female body found in a trunk of a tree in word alone has gathered momentum and its own life. I really like what the author did here with the body that was found in the tree and how the three myths played into the plot. The book starts off with introducing us to Rachel who tragically loses her hand in an accident and then starts having nightmares and delusions.
I really do not want to give anything away here in terms of details to the story but as the blurb mentions- Rachel pulls things into the real world… from that other place… yikes! So, in terms of characters- the whole cast of them- total win! The three myths the murdered gypsy; spy; prostitute that have been weaved into this horror story get fully explained- their past lives, their personalities, their deaths.
It was freaking delicious and as such the ending was super satisfying. I just want to further make the point before I close off this review that I came to like Rachel a whole lot- what a show of personality, what a demonstration of a human with their heart in the right place. And ultimately, what a brave woman to answer to the darkness that calls out to her for help. Even though this is an otherworldly horror novel which only scares the lightweights!
That all makes sense now! View 1 comment. Aug 23, K. Charles added it Shelves: horrorengland. Brogden is perhaps my favourite horror author because however dark things get very there's always just enough love and hope to stop things from getting unbrearable, if only for the moment. This is a terrific story blending myth and local folklore with toxic misogyny to create a monstrous threat, and women fighting back against the cruelty and brutality of it all. About as stressful as I can take I am a wuss but ultimately uplifting with some cheer-out-loud moments, and a tremendous piece of Brogden is perhaps my favourite horror author because however dark things get very there's always just enough love and hope to stop things from getting unbrearable, if only for the moment.
About as stressful as I can take I am a wuss but ultimately uplifting with some cheer-out-loud moments, and a tremendous piece of English mythmaking. May 22, Helen rated it it was amazing Shelves: paranormal-fictionfictionhorror-fictionghosts. So I'm browsing the shelves at the library and this cover pops out at me and I was sold when I read this part of the blurb 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 So I'm browsing the shelves at the library and this cover pops out at me and I was sold when I read this part of the blurb 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. After a boating accident crushed her hand, Rachel has the hand amputated and shortly thereafter begins to have nightmares of a woman trapped in a hollow tree.
She then starts having strange sensations with her now amputated hand, she can feel dirt, leaves, rain The suspense is great as she tests these new feelings and begins to uncover just how far this new "ability" may go. Is this all in her head or is her hand real in another plane of existence? The suspense loses steam after the first half of the book as the narrative switches back in time to answer some of the questions about her nightmares.
But while the suspense wanes the mystery behind the woman in the hollow tree starts to drive Rachel to delve deeper to explore all the possibilities of her now missing hand. Apr 14, Rob rated it it was ok. Add to that misplaced humour and the cringe-o-meter was starting to dip into the red. Fortunately, the second half of the book brought the needle back to some semblance of entertainment, instilling enough interest to plow through. Much like a dead tree howe 2. Much like a dead tree however, this book will ultimately be uprooted and removed from my collection. This is probably a very good book honestly.
I just am not going to get through any more of it. I put it down after reading s 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. Sep 28, Lisa rated it liked it Shelves: horror. I had high hopes for a story that begins with the protagonist losing an arm and having to adjust to life with a disability, even before supernatural elements come into play.
Once the storyline shifts into uncovering family secrets, I was bored and when it ended with the married but childless protagonist having a baby, I rolled my eyes so hard you could probably hear it. Such a frustrating ending after a powerful start. View 2 comments. Apr 24, Hilary Mortz rated it it was amazing. The Hollow Tree is an astonishingly good book. I was completely gripped by it from start to finish. I absolutely loved it. I really didn't want the book to end, in fact I spent a day on playing around social media avoiding the inevitable finish. 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 The Hollow Tree is an astonishingly good book.
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 fantastic to be entertaining that is not the case - the story is original and very readable and the characters are likeable and believable, even the minor ones.
There was brilliant humour, chilling pathos and bed-wetting horror in spades. All in all, a very satisfying read. It would make a fabulous film. My book of without a doubt. Sent from my iPad Sep 03, Kristi Lamont rated it really liked it. There must be something in the popular literature zeitgeist about limbo right now So very glad I succumbed to my baser reading instincts and picked up on a whim what looked like a slightly schlocky horror book from the new materials shelf at the library.
It was that but more; kind of like if the spirituality of Lincoln in the Bardo had been partly appropriated by Stephen King. Sep 27, Jen rated it really liked it. Love the key change from thriller to horror and the banter between Tom and Rachel despite the horrors going on around them. Good characters, engaging and fast paced plot and interesting take on the Who Put Bella in the Wych Elm mythology. Jul 01, Lisa Naylor rated it it was amazing. I believe James Brogden is perhaps one of my new favourite authors.Lady want sex Brogden
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