Title: Song of the Tree Hollow
Author: Karen Hugg
Publisher: Red Madrona Media
Publication Date: November 13, 2018
Page Count: 187
My rating: 3 stars
About the book:
Vero Leclaire has moved back home to care for her sick cat Sophie while her mom is in rehab. But after Sophie dies from a heart attack and is revived by a vet, she leads Vero to a tree hollow where a strange humming emanates. Unsure whether the tree is haunted or she’s imagining things, Vero goes on a quest to solve the puzzle, finding an exotic fern, a Native medallion, and an old cassette tape, which together unravel the truth about her dark family history. In the end, Vero must battle not only her penchant for living in the past but save her mom before she dies at the hands of the person who knows what’s buried beneath the tree.
Song of the Tree Hollow by Karen Hugg is one of those books that wasn’t quite what I had expected at first glance. Looking at this one and the brief description had me thinking a creepy horror tale but that wasn’t what I found at all. I guess the best way to describe this might be more cozy paranormal, although it wasn’t quite a cozy either.
The story in this one centers around Vero Leclaire beginning with Vero rushing her twelve year old kitty to the vet with health problems. Sophie, the cat, put Vero through a very rough scare when Vero learns that Sophie suffered a heart attack during her examination and had actually died for a minute.
When Sophie is well enough to travel back home Vero is given strict instructions to keep her indoors and away from germs or anything upsetting. Sophie however has a mind of her own leading Vero outdoors where they come across a tree hollow in which Vero begins to hear strange noises which in turn leads her to discover deeper mysteries from the past.
So with expecting a darker horror read I felt a bit off getting into the lighter pace this one started off with. However, when I say lighter I felt it wasn’t quite a cozy mystery lightness either as those usually involve some humorous murder solving. Anyway, the communicating with nature was certainly a bit different giving it a magical/paranormal feel and so it wasn’t too bad a read overall.
I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway.
About the author:
Karen Hugg writes literary mysteries inspired by plants. Her stories are set in worlds where plants, real or imagined, affect people in strange new ways. Her aim is to entertain and inspire readers, to get them thinking while their hearts are pounding. To learn more, explore http://www.karenhugg.com.