From the critically acclaimed author of Hekla's Children comes a dark and haunting tale of our world and the next.
After her hand is amputated following a tragic accident, Rachel Cooper suffers vivid nightmares of a woman imprisoned in the trunk of a hollow tree, screaming for help. When she begins to experience phantom sensations of leaves and earth with her missing limb, Rachel is terrified she is going mad... but then another hand takes hers, and the trapped woman is pulled into our world.
This woman has no idea who she is, but Rachel can t help but think of the mystery of Oak Mary, a female corpse found in a hollow tree, and who was never identified. Three urban legends have grown up around the case; was Mary a Nazi spy, a prostitute or a gypsy witch? Rachel is desperate to learn the truth, but darker forces are at work. For a rule has been broken, and Mary is in a world where she doesn t belong...
This is nicely done hokum featuring one of the great scary lines: She was still screaming long after she died. Eek.
--> Daily Mail A very down to Earth way of dealing with the supernatural element makes for a very engaging read.
--> SciFi Bulletin An intriguing and exciting supernatural horror that grips you like wolverine with lockjaw.
--> Horror Hot House Brogden keeps up a steady supply of shocks and chills.
--> SciFi Now With tight pacing and strong ending, it s one of the best horror/fantasy novels I've read this year.