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This book. Oh, this book. I loved this book. When this book was recommended to me, they described it as a “creepy, Brothers Grimm-esque” novel that they couldn’t finish because it just creeped them out too much. So my immediate thought, of course, was “Sign me up!”
Now, do not let my co-worker’s description fend you off from this book. The book is aimed at school-aged children, so it’s not terrifying or gruesome or the like. The Night Gardener (the character) is a perfect blend of mysterious and disturbing and intriguing.
I was hooked immediately by this story. A dilapidated house with a giant tree growing through it, a sickly family with a secret, and two orphaned Irish children trying to figure out what’s happening – all the elements required for an excellent story. This was excellently paced, excellently written – it was just all around excellent. Highly recommended. Read this book.