Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The Suffering Tree By Elle Cosimano|Review

The Suffering Tree
Published by Disney-Hyperion on June 13th, 2017
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Pages: 368
Format: eGalley

“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.

From award-winning author Elle Cosimano comes a haunting, atmospheric thriller perfect to hand to readers of the Mara Dyer trilogy and Bone Gap

My Thoughts

NetGalley Review
Trigger Warning!
Given the title, you know this book isn’t going to be a walk in the park.

When I first read the synopsis for the book, I was incredibly intrigued. A mysterious house with a mysterious boy clawing himself out of the ground. However, with the multiple points of views, lack of trigger warning or punishment/consequences, and lack of compelling characters/emotion.

I do like the message the author is attempting to convey. However, Tori ends up getting away with what she is inflicting on herself. Considering that this book is targeted for teenagers/young adults, the issue should’ve been handled a little bit more proactively. It glorifies self-harm. This book, I cannot tolerate. 

For some stories, I can handle the change in point of view. But if the book exceeds two, then that complicates things. When I read, I either read the entire book in one sitting or two. Being fully invested at the end of one chapter, I’m completely thrown off if it changes point of view. It takes a minute to recall what the character was doing before they were interrupted by the other.

Overall, I was not completely impressed with the characters. Yes, they each posses characteristics that made them distinguishable from each other. However, they lacked emotion. The emotion that could drastically change someone’s life, within and outside of the book.

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