Atmospheric, creepy and ultimately predictable, The Twisted Tree is like microwave mac and cheese--it does the trick just as you know it will, but it's not going to yield anything new.
If you're new to the horror genre, Awakened is a good place to dip your toes in. Short, tightly plotted and as grounded in reality as monster stories can be, it's a cinematic read nicely sandwiched between more serious material.
The English version of Ascension can't be reviewed without addressing the elephant in the room: Either due to lousy translation or an insurmountable sociolinguistic barrier, the prose is a shaky mess that reads like it was written by a 12-year-old whose only idea of sci-fi novels comes from Choose Your Own Adventure gamebooks.
Every now and then, we get reminded that fairytales aren't the sugar-sweet Disneyfied versions we're fed as children. The Hazel Wood takes us back to the Grimm Brothers roots of all those "once upon a time"s--and it's pretty grim.
The Sacrifice Box may be a supernatural horror novel, but what it sets apart from B-movie territory is Martin Stewart's commitment to writing a story that is really about the power of friendship.