Wednesday, 10 February 2021

The Mulberry Tree by Allison Rushby


   TW: Depression

Do naught wrong by the mulberry tree, or she'll take your daughters ... one, two, three

After reading this sentence, I just had to read this book; my curiosity got the best of me and I'm so glad it did.

This is an addictive "little" story, with compelling characters that felt very real. 

People who have real problems and who decide to move from Australia to UK, and end up living in a house infamous for having an evil tree in the backyard! o_O

Who hasn't one of those, right?


Well I mustn't have one or they would have taken my father by now; awful creature that he is.

-__- But I digress:

So, crisp story telling, compelling characters and a "what the hell is going on with that tree?"

I must say that the tree portrayal is very stereotypical of evil trees... trends?

She's dark and moody and prone to anger fits; aka the usual.

The last part is where things get more tricky on how to properly categorize this story. I was left a "little" WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?! *hysterical laughter*

Is it magical realism? Horror? Sci-fi? Fantasy?

All of the above, maybe? IDK.

The ending was a little too neat for me, but I'm used to Alice Hoffman killing almost all of her characters, so it was nice for a change to read something vastly different, lol

Also I'm not the intended audience and the author probably didn't want to traumatize her younger readers. So, yay :D

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