The Twisted Tree follows a girl named Martha who lost her eye in an accident and has since been able to sense people's emotions and memories when she touches her clothes as she travels to visit her grandmother in Norway to find out more about her strange ability. This story takes elements from horror and Norse Mythology to provide a captivating novel for teens and adults alike.
The first few sentences of The Twisted Tree drew me in because they were strange. They left me with a lot of questions, so I continued to read...
The writing style is easily comprehensible and descriptive, so it read easily and it was enjoyable.
The first chapter made me quickly sympathise with the main character because she's shy and embarrassed. She has normal, ordinary struggles which make her relatable and likeable.
I found that there were moments inside Martha's head without any action or dialogue that dragged out a little, with a bit too much telling rather than showing, but I still liked reading.
Although the first chapter took a little while to build up to any important events, I was still wondering after reading the introduction, and I was intrigued by the character so I didn't have to push myself to continue to read, it was easy because it was well-written and character-driven.
I did find my eyes skipping some long descriptions during which nothing much happened, but there weren't too many for me to stop reading.
Because of Martha's strange, intriguing ability, we got to see an interesting insight into the other character's backgrounds, which I liked because it was unique and also gave me an impression of the character so that I could brainstorm theories, which I love doing!
Overall the writing was good, the ideas were captivating and the characters were interesting. Even if the descriptions were a little long and there was too much telling not showing, I still want to read the rest of this book. I'd give it 3.5 stars.