The Hollow Tree Review

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James Brogden has developed and intriguing and captivating novel with Titan Books called The Hollow Tree. Once I read the description “Who danced with Mary before she died?” I knew this book would lead me on a journey full of mystery and deceit. What I didn’t expect was to find such a dark and captivating story-line.

The story revolves around the character, Rachel Cooper, who has been through a very tragic accident, that cause her hand to be amputated, and where she suffers through vivid nightmares. Rachel unfortunately is a brave young woman, and when the darkness reaches out for help. She is determined to find out how Mary got stuck in the Oak tree (Oak Mary) and who left her there to die years ago.

Within The Hollow Tree, the character development is very spot-on and coincides with the villain development that leaves you will the chill and creeps after truly understanding their purpose. James Brogden did a fantastic job developing not only the horror aspects of this story, but the supernatural ones regarding Mary being ‘alive’ in our world, although she doesn’t belong.

I would say that The Hollow Tree is an unsettling novel with dark aspects that bring the characters alive. While I won’t spoil the entire plot here as you should read it for yourself and learn about Rachel and Mary, it’s a great book and I was unable to put it down.

Titan Books and James Brogden have done it again, and I can’t wait to read more of his novels.

You can get your own copy of The Hollow Tree directly from the publisher Titan Books.

The full synopsis for the book can be found below for more details.

The Hollow Tree Synopsis


After her hand is amputated following a tragic accident, Rachel Cooper suffers vivid nightmares of a woman imprisoned in the trunk of a hollow tree, screaming for help. When she begins to experience phantom sensations of leaves and earth with her lost hand, Rachel is terrified she is going mad… but then another hand takes hers, and the trapped woman is pulled into our world. She has no idea who she is, but Rachel can’t help but think of the mystery of Oak Mary, a female corpse found in a hollow tree, and who was never identified. Three urban legends have grown up around the case; was Mary a Nazi spy, a prostitute or a gypsy witch? Rachel is desperate to learn the truth, but darker forces are at work. For a rule has been broken, and Mary is in a world where she doesn’t belong…


  • Supernatural Elements Spot-On
  • Great Character Development
  • Villain is Fleshed Out


  • More Explanation Could Have Been Good


Story - 8.5
Character Development - 10
Supernatural Elements - 10
Villain Development - 9.2
Length of Book - 8
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