#BookReview: In the Tree’s Shadow: A collection of stories that exist in your dreams… and nightmares by D L Finn #shortstories #FlashFiction @dlfinnauthor @StoryEmpire

Hi everyone. Today I have a book review for you from an author well known to, and loved by, many of us, D L Finn. With her new book, Denise brings us an entertaining collection of flash fiction and short fiction stories. Here’s my review >>>

About the Book:

A collection of short stories where dreams and nightmares coexist.

Nestled inside these pages, you’ll meet a couple in their golden years who take a trip with an unexpected detour, a boy desperate to give his brother the Christmas gift he asked for, a girl with a small glass dragon who is at the mercy of her cruel uncles, and a young mother who has a recurring dream about murder. You’ll be introduced to worlds where people get second chances and monsters might be allowed their desires, while angels and dragons try to help. Happy endings occur, but perspective can blur the line between good and evil in these twenty-seven tales. Since the stories vary between 99 and 12,000 words, whether you have only five minutes or an entire evening to settle into reading, there is something that will suit your time and taste.


My Review:


An entertaining collection of flash fiction and short fiction stories.

The author’s love of nature and its magic and wonders shines through in this lovely collection of fiction. Despite the mixture of light and dark stories, you’re in safe hands with this writer, who never leaves you too traumatised. While her tales include serial killers, alcoholics, and evil supernatural, all of them end on a lighter note and are not overly graphic, so the reader gets the best of both worlds. Here are some lines I loved … 

‘The cat and I had something in common–our loved ones had left us behind.’

And … 

‘Being single grew on me in the same fashion as mold grows on shower grout.’

And … 

‘Janie’s heart took off like a rabbit running from a mountain lion.’

I could go on and on as there are so many wonderful one-liners and paragraphs. Had I been well enough, I would have read this in one sitting for sure. As it was, the varying lengths of each story suited me perfectly, and In the Tree’s Shadow gets a solid 4 stars from me. Go and buy this book!


NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.

4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — Go read this book.
3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! — An okay read. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it.
2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS —Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines.
1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA —Lots of issues with this book.

For anyone interested, here are the Amazon links …

UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B08B8BDLW1/

US https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08B8BDLW1/

I’d love to hear what you think of this review. Thanks for stopping by 🙂 


44 Comments on “#BookReview: In the Tree’s Shadow: A collection of stories that exist in your dreams… and nightmares by D L Finn #shortstories #FlashFiction @dlfinnauthor @StoryEmpire

  1. Excellent review and recommendation, Harmony. Great examples of Denise’s writing skills too. I enjoyed the variety of stories and had a hard time picking favorites. Congrats to Denise on another excellent review..

  2. Wonderful insights in your review Harmony. I look forward to reading Denise’s book soon. Hugs, and I hope you’re feeling a bit better these days. <3 xx

  3. Thank you, Harmony for the great review! Great to come back to after vacation. Hugs xo

    • You’re so welcome, Denise! And I’m glad it adds a finishing touch to your vacation. Hugs 🤗💕🙂

  4. Wonderful review, Harmony. Thank you for sharing. Congratulations, Denise on another great review. Bravo! 🎉🎊🎉

  5. This one is coming up soon on my Kindle, Harmony, and I’m really looking forward to reading it. Thanks for such a great review, and congratulations, Denise!

  6. Nice to see Denise getting some love today. This one is next on my list.

  7. Hi Harmony, I have this coming up in the next week on my TBR. A lovely review.

  8. Great review, Harmony.
    It isn’t clear why four stars not five – it went straught on my TBR.
    Hugs – gentle in case it’s a bad time,

    • Definitely in need of gentle hugs! Fantastic it’s straight onto your TBR. I’m sure Denise will be delighted. Thanks, Sarah. Hugs back 🤗💕🙂

  9. I’m noy familiar with Denise, and withiut your words it would probablky stay thgat way. Horror is not a genre I go for, But as usual you words are the charm and I’m tempyed to go for the dark sided given that it has a light side too.A good solid review Harmony. Huge Hugs

    • That’s great! I always love it when my positive reviews encourage readers. Thanks, David. Huge hugs, my friend 🤗💕🙂

    • Thank you, David. I’m thrilled Harmony’s review caught your eye.