The Suffering Tree
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.
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!