Synopsis: Beware the Twig Man, the Twig Man’s hex. Beware the Twig Man, or you’ll be NEXT! It’s been a year since nearly-twelve-year-old Ari’s older sister, Lana, ran away. Except Ari knows what really happened. She was taken by the Twig Man, the creepy monster that’s haunted the woods for one hundred years. No one else will listen, so it’s down to Ari to save his sister. But he had better hurry, as Ari finds himself next on The Twig Man’s list…
Release Date: 6th October 2022
Genres: Horror, Paranormal, Middle Grade, Friendship, Family, Death, Loss, Teen
Thank you so much to Hashtag Press and Netgalley for the ebook to read and review.
Review: Ari’s sister Lana has been missing for over a year, his parents and police think she ran away but Ari believes the Twig Man in the woods has her. When he starts seeing a dead eyed cat and is suddenly drawn into the woods at Lana’s voice calling him. He meets a boy named Timmy who is looking for the Twig Man too and together plan to find him and stop him for food.
This is a great horror book that I think children that like creepy eerie horror would enjoy, it has all the right elements that will draw them in and grip them from start to finish. With the eeriness of a twig like man lurking around everywhere and controlling the woods, to evil white eyed animals and critters creeping around.
I really liked the friendship that Ari and Timmy formed and that they worked together to solve everything and to end the reign of the evil twig man. It was actually fascinating reading about all the things they did together to try, and though most plans failed they tried.
I really liked the concept of this story using an already creepy place like the woods and adding in an old tale that is real of a twig like man that controls it all and sucks on the energies of children. It was a really innovative idea and it was really interesting reading how the author put it all together.
There were lots of elements of surprise within the story, some elements that I found predictable but not everyone will. Then add in the most terrifying animals and critters, twigs tapping walls and windows and you get creeped out instantly. I enjoyed reading this book and I think many others will too especially children around 8-12.