Finished And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich. I received a copy for review.
I’m going to keep the synopsis short because of spoilers. Silla and her little sister Nori have gone to live with their aunt. Nori’s mute and there’s something weird going on with their aunt, who insists that there’s something evil in the woods, a creature she calls the Creeper Man.
If you want a scary story, this is for you! This reminded me of The Others. The comparison’s not perfect because the plots don’t match but it’s the same sort of feeling (claustrophobic, essentially useless maternal figure, children in peril).
This creeped the hell out of me and just before I finished, the power went out. Thank goodness it was broad daylight; if it had been at night, I might literally have died of fear.