The Ghost Tree

Christina Henry

fiction horror mystery
dark mysterious tense fast-paced

432 pages | first published 2020

When people go missing in the sleepy town of Smith's Hollow, the only clue to their fate comes when a teenager starts having terrifying visions, in a chilling horror novel from national bestselling author Christina Henry.

When the bodies of two girls are found torn apart in the town of Smiths Hollow, Lauren is surprised, but she also expects that the police won't find the killer. After all, the year before her father's body was found with his heart missing, and since then everyone has moved on. Even her best friend, Miranda, has become more interested in boys than in spending time at the old ghost tree, the way they used to when they were kids.

So when Lauren has a vision of a monster dragging the remains of the girls through the woods, she knows she can't just do nothing. Not like the rest of her town. But as she draws closer to answers, she realizes that the foundation of her seemingly normal town might be rotten at the center. And that if nobody else stands for the missing, she will.

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dark 95%
mysterious 95%
tense 70%
adventurous 29%
emotional 25%
sad 12%
challenging 4%
funny 4%
hopeful 4%
reflective 4%


medium 50%
fast 45%
slow 4%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 71% | Plot: 28%

Strong character development?

Yes: 66% | No: 28% | It's complicated: 4%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 60% | It's complicated: 35% | No: 5%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 68% | No: 21% | It's complicated: 10%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 76% | It's complicated: 17% | No: 5%

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