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The Suffering Tree

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  357 ratings  ·  115 reviews
“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 w
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published June 13th 2017 by Disney-Hyperion
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Elle Cosimano Thanks for reading, Marissa! So glad you enjoyed the story. The Suffering Tree is a stand-alone book, and is not part of a series. I hope you'll try…moreThanks for reading, Marissa! So glad you enjoyed the story. The Suffering Tree is a stand-alone book, and is not part of a series. I hope you'll try my other books: NEARLY GONE and NEARLY FOUND, as well as HOLDING SMOKE. They're all thrillers and mysteries with paranormal elements. (less)
Elle Cosimano Hi Angela. Thanks for reading. I'm glad you enjoyed the story. The Suffering Tree is a standalone novel. At this time, there are no plans for a…moreHi Angela. Thanks for reading. I'm glad you enjoyed the story. The Suffering Tree is a standalone novel. At this time, there are no plans for a sequel, but I hope you'll try some of my other books as well.(less)

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Bentley ★
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
Trigger Warning, as the topic of self-harm is discussed at length in this review

Plot at a Glance:
Tori Burns and her family find themselves living in small-town USA after suddenly and unexpectedly inheriting a house under mysterious circumstances. Moving to Chaptico, Maryland puts Tori and her family at odds with most of the tightly knit town and sparks a rivalry between Tori and Jesse Slaughter, as its his family's land the Burns have "stolen." The feud is put on the backburner one incredible n
Jun 17, 2017 added it
Buddy read with salty mr. Thiccccc

May 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
Trigger warning: Self-harm is an ongoing subject in this book.

Got a copy of this book via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

This is the kind of story that I've never read before. It seems a historical romance but there are fantasy elements as well. Not sure if this book would be YA in my opinion because of the harsh subjects in the book.

This review was first posted on BiteIntoBooks Blog

Ending: The ending was a good one. I felt satisfied with the ending, which should be the case if
Mel (Epic Reading)
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-netgalley
I have lots to say about this book so I'm going to try and break it all down for everyone. Starting with the aversion many have with this book.

Yes it is true our lead gal is a cutter. She self harms herself in about 8 described incidents (though I would argue that ones done for a spell are different), 4 of which are possibly graphic. I didn't think so but then again I dabbled with cutting as a teen myself and my husband had larger issues with it as a teenager. I think it's a really impor
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
DNF at 45%

The synopsis was interesting, but what really sold it for me was the comparison to Mara Dyer. I went into this book with really high hopes.

Tori was an okay MC. She's going through some things and an upheaval in her life and her coping mechanism is cutting. It happens often and in scenes where it's not happening, she's constantly pushing on the healing wounds. Sadly, that habit seemed to define her. Nathaniel and Tori's friends Drew and Magda had potential, but they fell flat.

...and th
Aug 10, 2017 rated it liked it
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-h
Milos Mojsilovic
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This had to be the most unique and unexpected novel i read all year. What starts off looking like a YA novel, turns out not to be one. At least not fully. While it has YA elements in it, it spices it up with fantasy, anxiety, cutting, promises, curses that lead to time travel, of sorts & voodoo for good measure.

It will might take you a while to get into the book but once it hooks its claws into you it will be hard to let it go. If you get emotional while reading books, this one will give you
May 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
My thanks to NetGalley and Disney Book Group-Hyperion for an eARC copy of this book to read and review.

This book NEEDS a warning of some sort. There are some VERY graphic images of cutting/self harm in this book, which can negatively affect someone who is thinking about doing it, is currently doing it or who has suffered from it. Just walking into it without any warning can be harmful. It also shows it in a "positive" light in that when the MC hurts herself, she gets this hot guy who cares about
Mar 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley
(I received an ARC of this book on NetGalley from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.)

I finished this book a few days ago, and I have carried it with me since then, trying to talk myself into it.

I enjoyed so many things about this book until I realized that the biggest obstacle would never be resolved:

This book glorifies and romanticizes self-harm, to the point where it is actually the means through which the protagonist actualizes her goal. None of her friends call her on th
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
My reviews are first published on [a cup of tea and an armful of books].

Warning: I discuss cutting and the inclusion of it in The Suffering Tree in this review.

When I finished The Suffering Tree and read reviews of it I asked myself if I read the same book as these other reviewers because I absolutely do not have feelings of this being a five, four, or even three star book. The initial look at the book, aka the summary, had me hooked. It seemed right up my alley: it has a curse, a mystery, and a
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was ok

DNF at 67%
This was a frustrating read. It felt as though it had been written by two different people.
There were two narrators that were written in 1st and 3rd person and it just didn't work well together. I actually much preferred the 1st person style, that particular character and his story whereas the modern day MC was dull and the writing equally so. In fact her parts could have done with some serious editing as there was just so much unnecessary fillers which included her self harming which
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.

THE SUFFERING TREE has themes teens will identify with but the plot holes and writing style overwhelm and distract from the overall novel. Tori Burns and her family move to Chaptico when they are bequeathed a house and plot of land. After her father’s death, Tori is depressed and angry. She’s a cutter who already feels like she doesn’t fit in and living in the close-knit town just isolates her further. When her blood accidentally raises Nathaniel Bisho
Carina Olsen
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Been wanting to read this book for ages now. Because it looks gorgeous; love that cover so much. And it sounded pretty good too. Finally got to read it, but oh, I'm pretty disappointed. Giving it two stars. Which break my heart a little, because I really wanted and expected to love this book. How rude. But it was so different.

Like, the goodreads summary is not very correct at all. It doesn't mention at all that Tori is cutting herself. And that she has been harming herself all the time for month
Max Baker
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: i-reviewed
Thank you Netgalley for providing me a free review copy in exchange for an honest review

So, I've heard a lot about this author. Mainly chatter on her first two books, Nearly Gone and Nearly Found but I haven't read either of them despite the fact they seem right up my alley just as The Suffering Tree was right up my alley. It checks all the boxes. Dark magic. Family Secrets. Historical. The works really. But the book didn't quite wow me enough to say it's anything more then an "eh."

Just to get t
Hilary Evans
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks, owned
This book was incredible! A perfect blend of mystery, history, and romance that kept me at the edge of my seat. I couldn't put the book down once I started reading.
Heather Ezell
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I did not know how deeply I was craving this book.
I did not know how badly I needed this book.
Trigger warning for self harm

Let's start with the good aspects before I get critical and start rambling. I loved the base for the story. It was witchy and creepy and the atmosphere of the novel was great. Plus that cover??? Holy shit I'm in love. I liked the flashbacks Tori sees through her dreams from Emmeline. This would have been a fantastic novel, easily one of my fav suspenses... if there was no self-harm (or at the very least, a warning for it).

I'm going to put the self-harm discussion u
Stephanie Ward
Jun 14, 2017 rated it liked it
'The Suffering Tree' is definitely a book that has left me trying to figure out how I feel about it, how I should rate it, and how to even review it. I don't get many of these types of books, mainly because I would shy away from reading them to begin with. This obviously wasn't the case here, so...yeah. I'm going to do my best to be coherent and hopefully you can decide for yourselves if you want to pick this one up or not.

I have a few qualms with the description itself, without even starting th
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it

Thank you to Negalley and Disney-Hyperion for a copy of the eARC in exchange for a fair review.

Tori has recently moved to Maryland, her family has inherited a plot of land and house just in the nick of time. Since Tori's dad died they have lost everything and had no choice but to move from DC to this small town in Maryland. Even though she finds it strange that they have a random plot of land in the middle of the Slaughter family farm.

Tori also cuts, but her mom knows about that so when she he
Alysa Hansen
Aug 21, 2017 rated it liked it
****I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher.**

I wasn't sure what I was going to think of this book after seeing some of the reviews on Goodreads. I always try and read books with an open mind though, so I hunkered down to start the book.

The first thing I want to point out is that this book does contain detailed self-harming. The main character Tori self-harms throughout the majority of the book. Maybe there should have been a noti
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
DNF at pg.115

I was sent and Arc of this kindly from the publishers

I haven't DNF'd a book in awhile but I just couldn't get into this at all.

I won't spoil anything but it's a supernatural small town gothic story about an old family feud, witches, and magic. It has everything I love in books but I just couldn't get into it :(

The pacing seemed a bit off and the flashback s to another character in the past were kind of boring.

Also, this book needs a trigger warning or at least a mention of potential
Skye Walker
Nov 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
My full review can be found on at

When Tori Burns’ family is contacted shortly after her father’s death about a house and some land that was left to them in Chaptico, Maryland, they are suddenly moving into a century home. So begins the uncovering of the mysterious circumstances that lead to Tori’s family owning a small parcel of land on the historic Slaughter farm. The move kicks off many unexplainable happenings that seem to all com
Jul 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
First of all, this book contains a MAJOR trigger warning for self-harm. These aspects in the book are mentioned briefly on the dust jacket summary, but go way further than the summary described. If you are in any way triggered by self-harm and descriptions of it, this may not be the book for you.

This book was very different than what I was expecting, which hindered my enjoyment just a little bit. I was curious about how everything would tie together at the end, though, which is ultimately what k
3.5 ☆☆☆
Sheila Goicea
I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
Click the link to read my review on my blog:https://jillianthebookishbutterflyblo...
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book!! Tori, Nathaniel, and Emmeline were great protagonists, and I loved the mystery, suspense, and magic. The jumps between Tori's third-person perspective, to Emmeline's experiences in Tori's dreams, to Nathaniel's first-person past were flawless and kept things exciting. I only wished the book was longer - I would have loved to have seen more development in the Tori/Nathaniel romance, the friendships with Drew and Magda, and the motivations of the modern antagonist. This book woul ...more
Heather Brown
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
I am not a fan of this book. I was excited to read a book in which the bad guys have not only African slaves, but also have children and criminals from England as slaves. People should really know more about this! Unfortunately the author also decided to tackle the current issue of cutting - at length, and in great detail - which really detracted from the slavery issue. It also felt weird that Tori magically fell in love with Nathaniel when she barely interacted with him, at least as far as the ...more
Rebecca Armstrong
May 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
The Suffering Tree is a YA fantasy novel with intriguing characters, historical aspects and an unsettling feud which is ready to blow. I enjoyed the storyline but there were many issues that somewhat irritated me.

One of my qualms is that self-harm is a very pivotal part of the story. According to the Disney book website, The Suffering Tree is aimed for 12+ year old's. I disagree here, purely from being so soon out of high school. I don't think children of 12, 13, 14 etc should read about this i
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: author-request
I was fortunate to receive this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This fact does not change my rating or my review. I award this book 3.5 stars.

I really love Cosimano's work-- she has a way of evoking a gloomy, suspenseful atmosphere and is very talented, so I was looking forward to reading this book. The Suffering Tree stars Tori Burns who moves from DC after her family inherits a plot in Maryland from an unknown benefactor. Tori cuts herself and struggles with anxiety. She
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