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Book Review – ‘Into that Forest’


The book “Into that Forest” is a truly fantastic piece of literature because of its quirky structure and heart touching turns of events. The author uses a unique style of writing to portray an adventurous and emotional story told by an old woman (Hannah O’Brian) as she recalls her past. As the novel progresses, emotion reaches a climax giving the reader a potent dose of excitement and has a much more powerful effect later on in the novel.

However this book is not for everyone as it takes a while for one to really start to understand and link with the book’s story, despite this it is still a great read. For me this book was in a league of its own due to its individuality and complex story line. In the ‘blurb’ of the book, it states that “you will never forget it” and I really believe that it lives up to the statement. For the content of the book I would recommend that children from the age ten and up should read this novel mainly because of the emotional events that unfold and in some cases the ‘dark’ effect. Nevertheless if a child under the age of ten reads this book I highly doubt it will hinder their enjoyment. This is because of the fantastic story line and stupendous use of language to affect the emotions of the reader.

The link with animals throughout the story gives the content of the book that little bit extra as it adds to the building emotions that the reader already feels. The idea that a pair of tigers could raise a child is truly extraordinary and the story type of the fantasy genre really does exceed its predecessors. This book uses the genre in an interesting and heart-warming way that only could be done by the most experienced authors. I give all my credit to the author Louis Nowra and everyone that helped him to produce such an amazing book; I loved it to bits and can’t wait to read some of his other novels.

“We were lost, and the only thing that could help us were the tiger.”

“Two girls. Two tigers. Wild and free.”

By Jonathan Allsup