The Suffering Tree
Author: Elle Cosimano
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Release Date: June 13, 2017
Goodreads Synopsis: 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. more
Right from the start we meet Tori, with issues of sorts that has affected her life and how her mom acts around her. It’s intense and not just emotionally but physically as well. She has gotten herself in a bit of a situation because of it. On the night she was out trying to hide it from her family, Nathaniel shows up. His entrance and other parts of that encounter lead her to believe the whole thing never happened. Until later the next day when the bizarre meeting turns out to have been an actual part of reality.
Those are only the first few pages of this novel. And I was sucked right into that world from then on. Emotions run high in this read as Tori is trying to cope with the loss her father in ways she feels only she can. In a place that’s completely new to her, which of course she hates the minute they move there. Not to mention, members of the Slaughter family, who are bent on making sure Tori and her family are nowhere near content in the new place they have begun calling home.
But there is so much more going on in The Suffering Tree than just loss, pain, or conniving people. If that wasn’t enough, the readers are also given some form of the supernatural. Brought forth by Emmeline, who has a lot to do with how Nathaniel is there in Tori’s time. Dark magic that drives Nathaniel to his true purpose, the reason why he has been given the chance to return to the land of the living. And it might just conflict with Tori’s new beginnings or make her finally feel alive again.
If somehow the reader thinks that’s the biggest surprise in this book, think again because the roller-coaster doesn’t stop there. Questions fill Tori’s mind about the reasons behind the house being gifted to her family. Knowing that none of them have anything to do with the estate’s previous owner. Why did Al Senior leave it in the hands of her family, changing the will in such a quick manner? Only a little bit of time before his passing. And how is Nathaniel connected to the Slaughters?
I couldn’t place this read down because of all those questions. When it felt like I had all the story, more was revealed and kept me fascinated by the turn of events. The Slaughter’s story is woven in such a way that everything intersects perfectly. Everything answered for each character. Tori’s family is not left without the truth about every happening. Even though the main characters were a pain for a great extent of it and seemed extremely brooding, it actually made things that much better. And what an ending we were given. Mystical ’til the very end.
***I received this copy from Disney-Hyperion via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.***