Review: The Red Tree

The Red Tree The Red Tree by Caitlín R. Kiernan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve been meaning to try a book by and this was the one OverDrive had. The Red Tree is an epistolary novel about a writer with a who rents an old farmhouse near an ancient red oak tree. She ends up committing suicide, and a month later her editor receives a package containing her journal entries, from the time she moved into the farmhouse to the point of her death. The package arrives with no return address and no explanation.

She finds a manuscript about the red tree, written by the previous tenant. Most of the horror is psychological; there may or may not be something supernatural going on. Everything feels quite real, though. Not a whole lot happens, but overall I found this pretty compelling for the characters and the eerie setting.

I’m still not sure what to make of the ending.

I’d like to read more of her work, probably The Drowning Girl.

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Published by Beth @ Beth's Bookish Thoughts

This blog is for my thoughts on reading. A couple of my friends on GoodReads have blogs, so eventually I decided to start one myself. I hope to get involved in the book blogging community and become a better reader and writer! I am not accepting copies of new books for review, but I would be interested in new editions or new translations of classic authors. Find me on Upwork (as an editor) in the profile link. From September 2018 to October 2020 I blogged at Blogger.

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