Through the Woods is a graphic novel composed of five short stories, each one scarier than the last. We start out with a story about three sisters, who disappear one by one. The narrator, Beth, is the last sister still at home, is she safe? Or will she disappear with the strange man in the wide brimmed hat just like her sisters? The next story is about a young bride who hears a strange almost ghostly song coming from somewhere within her new home. When she asks about it everyone seems to just brush her off. Soon this young bride will learn that something’s are just better left alone. Have you ever been absolutely certain that you did something like take out the trash, just to have your mom yell at you later for not doing it? Well that’s similar to what happened to the narrator of our next story. He knows without a doubt that he killed his brother and threw him down a hole in the woods. But now, just a few days later, his brother is back in town acting fine, and telling everyone that he just got lost. But this cant be. Who or what is acting like this mans brother? Find out what happens in each of these stories, and a few more in Through the Woods by Emily Carroll.
The five short stories are all unique and seemingly unrelated except for their theme. There is a darker theme to all of the stories in this book, and they all leave the reader with a feeling of suspense and the question of “what happens next?” This book is a very quick read, the stories are all short and the illustrations are hauntingly captivating.
This book would be captivating to teen readers for many reasons. It is, as mentioned before a very quick read. However even though it is a quick read it is also thought provoking and leads the reader to question what it is that they just read.
BUT there is a down side…
The stories could have more text and there could be more of them. This book is a great quick read about things that go “bump” in the night. But a weakness for this book would absolutely be the lack of content; it left me with the feeling of “that’s it?” –And not in a good way.
All in all this book is a great and not “too” scary introduction into the horror fiction realm. Also the shorter story lengths and vivid illustrations will be enticing to younger readers. The cover art is haunting and definitely gives the reader an idea of what they are in store for with this book. The author did the illustrations for both the book and the cover, so you are really seeing her ideas come to life and not just an artists rendition of them.
When it comes to rating this book I would give it a 3 for quality, and a 2 for popularity. Meaning this book receives an overall score of 5 out of 10 from me.
Just a BTW: I am in no way affiliated with this author or publishing house. I was not compensated for this post/review, and all opinions are my own. I am just a fan sharing my experiences with all of you.