Witches. Dark secrets. Creepy characters. Dangerous animals. Mysterious Island. The author, J.A. White does a terrific job of submerging the reader into this world of dark magic – which is outlawed by the way. This leads to lies, suspicions and witch hunts. I especially liked the idea of the town living on the edge of the dark and dangerous Thickety where a forest demon lives. You can’t get much more suspenseful than that. His descriptions are so vivid, I could feel the power of the grimoire.
This book is absolutely spellbinding (pun intended). Because of the creepy content, I would put The Thickety into the older middle grade category.