the forest beckons
the Shadow watches
Ten-year-old Nolin doesn’t know why her mother is terrified of the forest surrounding their town—only that it has something to do with her, and a night long ago when baby Nolin was discovered in her crib with the window open and her jumper streaked with dirt.
Nolin struggles to gain the love of her crazed mother, all while grappling with school bullies, recurring dreams of a twisted, ancient tree, and the perpetual feeling that she’s being watched by a dark presence in the surrounding woods.
Ten years after a mental breakdown, Nolin returns to her hometown and her mother to put old demons to rest. When Nolin stumbles across disturbing details of her mother’s past, she ventures deeper into the mystery of her own identity, the related causes of her mother’s illness, and learns of violent, ancient creatures who live in the woods.
With her mother ailing, Nolin must decide where she belongs: in the human world with her mother and the childhood friend she’s fallen in love with, or in the dark, twisted forest; all under the watchful eye of a shadow who lurks on the edges of their lives…