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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Omen Tree is a work of fiction in the dark, supernatural and suspense genres and was penned by author Fredrick Niles. Written for adult audiences due to some scenes of graphic violence, explicit language use, and themes and depictions of physical abuse, this hard hitting and highly effective drama takes place in the quiet little town of Poplar. Filled with quiet characters harboring dark secrets, it is only when young Ian Whelan spots something lurking in his own backyard that trouble begins to grow all over town. With a killer on the loose and bodies piling up, the ghosts of childhood traumas rear their heads for one and all.
Highly psychological and suspenseful, this is a masterwork by an author who really knows how to craft both mystery and terror. Author Fredrick Niles takes the classic small town setting for this supernatural piece, one which focuses on the true horrors of human pain, but also cleverly uses its paranormal theme to highlight what there really is to be afraid of. The psychological work that’s been put into the novel is very strong, with realistic characters portrayed through intelligent and telling dialogue scenes that help us get to know them really well. The pacing of the plot itself is truly excellent, snaking us around sudden corners and lulling us into slow moments before the next big shock occurs. Overall, I would highly recommend The Omen Tree as an accomplished work of multi-genre dark fiction, and one which is sure to please fans looking for an intriguing killer mystery that also offers supernatural and psychological horror aplenty.