Title: The Suffering Tree
Author: Elle Cosimano
Date of Publication: June 13th, 2017
“It’s dark magic brings him back.”
Tori Burns and her family left D.C. for claustrophobic Chaptico, Maryland, after suddenly inheriting a house under mysterious circumstances. That inheritance puts her at odds with the entire town, especially Jesse Slaughter and his family—it’s their generations-old land the Burns have “stolen.” But none of that seems to matter after Tori witnesses a young man claw his way out of a grave under the gnarled oak in her new backyard.
Nathaniel Bishop may not understand what brought him back, but it’s clear to Tori that he hates the Slaughters for what they did to him centuries ago. Wary yet drawn to him by a shared sense of loss, she gives him shelter. But in the wake of his arrival comes a string of troubling events—including the disappearance of Jesse Slaughter’s cousin—that seem to point back to Nathaniel.
As Tori digs for the truth—and slowly begins to fall for Nathaniel—she uncovers something much darker in the tangled branches of the Slaughter family tree. In order to break the centuries-old curse that binds Nathaniel there and discover the true nature of her inheritance, Tori must unravel the Slaughter family’s oldest and most guarded secrets. But the Slaughters want to keep them buried… at any cost.
Tori’s family inherited a piece of land and a house. It came in just the nick of time. Tori’s Dad passed away, and after that she became different. She began cutting herself and not wanting to do the things she used to. The Slaughter family is not happy about this whole situation; they claim the house and property should have been theirs.
One night, some of her blood is spilled by an old tree, and a boy rises out of the ground. His name is Nathaniel Bishop, and he claims to be from a whole different era. Things get worse when someone is trying to keep a truth from coming out; a truth that could change everything.
This book was interesting and has one of my favorite covers I have seen so far this year. But… A big buttttttttttt… this book could have been shorter with less detail filler. Tori’s perspective should have been the one in first person instead of Nathaniel’s flashbacks. It made the book feel odd. There were also some flashbacks of Emmeline which were also in first person for some reason.
I really liked Nathaniel and felt as if he kept getting the turd end of the stick. He had so much crap happen to him in the past, and then even more suffering when he came out of the ground. Then Tori kept telling him to go to the barn like some form of dog.
I did like Tori for the mot part, and how she stood up for herself like she did with Jesse. There were times when she got on my nerves and should have been helping Nathaniel more. Instead of just leaving him to sit in the barn for days.
Overall, the book was an interesting read and a little frustrating but still worth the read.
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