Book Review: Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

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Description:

‘It came from the woods. Most strange things do.’

Five mysterious, spine-tingling stories follow journeys into (and out of?) the eerie abyss.

These chilling tales spring from the macabre imagination of acclaimed and award-winning comic creator Emily Carroll.

Come take a walk in the woods and see what awaits you there…

                                                                                      (Description from Goodreads)

Review of Through the Woods:

Deliciously eerie and best read in the dark with a single candle flickering, rain beating against the windows, and the wind howling. This graphic novel was a ton of fun to read if you like to have a thrill. Though none of the stories were keep-you-from-sleeping scary, they were all eerie and chilling and made you want to curl up under a blanket.

Emily Carroll structured each page turn to have suspense so that you felt nervous to turn the page and see what was waiting on the other side. In fact, in an interview with Room Magazine, she talks about finding a balance of pacing and suspense in order to get it just right. I never thought about how important that would be, but of course it makes sense!

Her artwork is gorgeous, and she managed to transfer her stories to the page beautifully. I particularly liked the first story, about three sisters in a remote cabin in the woods. Each night, someone comes knocking on the door, and the next night a sister disappears… Eek! These stories reminded me of Kelly Link’s writing in that they’re a little fantastical and unsettling, and not always resolved. This book doesn’t scare so much as haunt, which is a hard thing to do. But Emily Carroll does it wonderfully.

Discussion:

What is the scariest book you’ve read?

What was your favorite story from Through the Woods?

 

Comment below! Or, check out my previous review on Anne of Green Gables

 

4 comments / Add your comment below

  1. I definitely need to read this. I always love the idea of reading scary books around Halloween time, but I’m also a chicken. So this might be perfect for me: not too scary, but still spooky enough.

    1. Yes, me too! Haha oh man, me too. I read The Shining last year and got stuck on my bed because I was too scared to leave it! But Through the Woods is just the right amount to make your spine tingle without making you keep the lights on all night. 🙂

      1. I actually have “The Shining” sitting on my shelf right now, waiting to be read! I’m excited to get to it, but also terrified. Like, maybe I’m going to be sleeping with the lights on for a week or two? haha

        1. Haha yeah that’s kind of how I was! Most of it isn’t too scary, but there are a few scenes in the book that were really freaky. But it was still worth reading!

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