The Twisted Tree Rachel Burge
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YA Fantasy | The Twisted Tree | Rachel Burge

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I couldn’t put down The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge.  Loved it!

The Twisted Tree Rachel Burge

Martha can tell things about a person just by touching their clothes, as if their emotions and memories have been absorbed into the material. It started the day she fell from the tree at her grandma’s cabin and became blind in one eye.

Determined to understand her strange ability, Martha sets off to visit her grandmother, Mormor – only to discover Mormor is dead, a peculiar boy is in her cabin and a terrifying creature is on the loose.

Then the spinning wheel starts creaking, books move around and terror creeps in . . .

Set in the remote snows of contemporary Norway, THE TWISTED TREE is a ghost story that twists and turns – and never takes you quite where you’d expect.

The Twisted Tree is published by Hot Key Books and is available to purchase in digital, paperback and audiobook formats.


I was hooked from the beginning.  Martha travelling alone to Mormor’s had me intrigued for many reasons and I had so many questions.  I was excited for the story to unravel and couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.

The setting and pace are perfect in creating tension, atmosphere and yes … goosebumps.   The darkness and shadows had substance and I could taste the fear.  I loved the ancestors!

Even though Martha has Stig in Mormor’s home with her, most things she experiences alone and the quest itself ends up being hers alone (with a little help from an unexpected source).  I loved that there was a spark of young romance alongside the unexplained.  And humour.

I enjoyed Rachel Burge’s figurative writing, for example:

“I know Mormor and Mum kept secrets from me.  They passed them back and forth to one another, like a stitch made over and over, until they became fastened into the fabric of our lives.”

How awesome is that!  It is so vivid.

I’ve always been drawn to Norse myths (Jera is a Nordic rune) – Yggdrasil and the Norns come to life in this story. 

The Twisted Tree is a tale of a young woman learning what her gift can do and finally using that gift to heal.  Acceptance and belonging.

Outstanding read for me!

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I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 8+ years. My love of reading, crocheting, being out in nature and positive psychology are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school.

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