Rachel has a horrific accident that results in the loss of her left hand. As she comes to terms with her loss, she also realises it has given her access to another world. This world also draws her to a mystery of a woman left to die in the recesses on a hollow tree. There are numerous urban legends around the woman, who she was and why she was left there to die. The Hollow Tree looks at the power of urban legends and an interesting take on the afterlife. Rachel is drawn to find answers to who Mary is and what her link to Rachel is. Yet messing with the afterlife is not that simple and other powers come out to play.
The Hollow Tree is a good, compelling story. I enjoyed it from start to finish. There were some aspects that let it down, maybe the villains could have been more sinister and at one point Rachel with one arm and a broken leg manages to escape from a room and jump off a roof. This might work in a slasher movie but here it felt totally unlikely. However, I have gone straight on to reading Heklas’s Children by the same author. While it’s not a horror that will give you nightmares, it is a good story inspired by Bella in the wych elm. A little link if, like me, you love your macabre mysteries here . I do love this kind of supernatural urban legend type of story, so I thoroughly enjoyed The Hollow Tree.
8/10. This is my cup of tea but loses a few points on some unlikely parts of the story.