The Suffering Tree

The Suffering Tree

by Elle Cosimano


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ISBN-13: 9781484726594
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 06/13/2017
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 1,229,226
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Elle Cosimano grew up in the Washington, D.C., suburbs, the daughter of a maximum security prison warden and an elementary school teacher who rode a Harley. As a teen, she spent summers working on a fishing boat in the Chesapeake Bay. A failed student of the hard sciences, she discovered her true calling in social and behavioral studies while majoring in psychology at St. Mary's College of Maryland. Fifteen years later, Elle set aside a successful real-estate career to pursue writing. Her debut novel, Nearly Gone, was an Edgar Award Finalist, winner of the International Thriller Writers' Best Young Adult Novel Award, and winner of the inaugural Mathical Book Award recognizing mathematics in children's literature. Elle lives with her husband and two sons in Mexico, somewhere between the jungle and the sea. Website: Twitter:@ellecosimano.

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The Suffering Tree 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
FayTannerr More than 1 year ago
The Suffering Tree was a captivating and mysterious novel. It was filled with suspense, mystery, magic, secrets and romance too. The novels centers on Tori Burns when she and her family suddenly inherit a house under mysterious circumstances. The house belonged to the Slaughter's and they believe it should stay in their family. Then Tori witnesses a mysterious young man climb out of a grave under the gnarled oak in her new backyard. All of these circumstances are intertwined and leaves Tori with so many questions, so she seeks to find out more. But the Slaughter's make that hard for her as they want to keep their secrets buried. The novels is set in the present with Tori narrating and flashes to the past to tell Nathaniel's story of being a slave to the Slaughters. The Suffering Tree had a great plot that was well written. I liked the way the story was told in such a mysterious way that made this novel hard to put down and kept me wanting to know more! I also liked the strength and bravery of Tori, Nathaniel, Emmeline and Ruth. I really enjoyed reading The Suffering Tree and recommend it to fans of fantasy and mystery!
MorrisMorgan More than 1 year ago
I am giving “The Suffering Tree” three stars for the sole reason that it had some promise. 2 1/2 would be my preference and 2 seems too low, so I rounded up. As I said above, there was some promise in the plot and characters. They were actually developed fairly well and the concept was unique. The problem is, none of it was capitalized on. It felt plodding with brief moments of hope, only to have them almost immediately dashed. And I would be remiss if I neglected to mention this: There is self-harm (cutting) and it is very graphic. If this is a trigger for you then avoid this book at all costs. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend “The Suffering Tree.” This unbiased review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.
V-Rundell More than 1 year ago
Trigger warning: this book has intense and graphically described instances of the MC cutting her skin as a means to cope with her grief and isolation. 16 year old Tori Burns is new to rural Chaptico, Maryland. Her adoptive mother, brother and herself mysteriously inherited twenty acres of land and a home smack dab in the middle of the Slaughter farm, bequeathed by Al Senior upon his death several months ago. It was just in time, too, as Tori's family had been recently evicted from their apartment. (There's some shenanigans about this that I'll describe later.) Tori hasn't been the same since her adoptive father died a year ago. Since then, she's quit swimming--though she was an expert swimmer--because she can't imagine doing it without her father cheering her on. Also, she's begun cutting her skin to mask the grief she's experiencing. Her arms and legs are covered in scars, and she regularly presses on healing cuts to induce pain when necessary. She's an outsider in her school which has lots and lots of Slaughter kids, all of whom have the status. Jesse Slaughter is the typical king of the school, and Tori can't figure out why he's talking to her and asking her to Homecoming. One night, when the pain is too great, Tori runs out to the small graveyard on the edge of the property and digs a sharp branch into her arm. The blood shed releases a centuries-old curse and, inexplicably, a man from his shallow grave. Tori's appropriately horrified by the advent of this former-servant of age-old Slaughter Farm, Nathaniel, and that's only the beginning. She's plagued by nightmares of the Chaptico Witch, Emmeline, who was the love of Nathaniel back in the seventeenth century. So, you can see, this was a really different plot line. The POV shifts between 1690s Nathaniel's memories, the present-day, and dreams/visions Tori experiences from Emmeline's magic. Because, she was a witch, and she did love Nathaniel enough to preserve him until he could fulfill his sworn duty to protect her. There are many interesting themes here: dealing with grief, learning about your history, becoming the person you were meant to be, doing the right thing, as well as the folly of greed and the horror of locking down one's family skeletons. I think I didn't really get hooked until about a third of the way through, mostly because I was a little stupefied by some of the issues Tori faces. See, her mom is a volunteer art teacher. Her father dies and has no life insurance, leaving them essentially destitute. They have no other family and are on the verge of eviction. Sorry, I'd be working at a paying job, folks. And, the grief really isn't an excuse for me. The whole set-up seemed shady, and it put me off. I almost had less trouble accepting the magical resurrection of Nathaniel than their real-life crisis of near-homelessness. Also, her mom is practically unable to keep this family together. Beyond driving and painting, she has virtually no life skills despite being a mother for 16+ years. It was insulting, honestly. So, shenanigans. I call it. The isolation Tori experienced was far easier to accept as a reader. New girl in a small town. She's odd and weird. No doubt she'll struggle to fit in. The double-crosses were to be expected, and I didn't think that was a deficit. Plot-wise, I liked the interwoven POVs and I liked Nathaniel, a lot. Tori, at times, seems deliberately obtuse, but she comes to terms with her position in the tangled history.