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The Suffering Tree

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"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." As the suspicious looks and muttered accusations of her neighbors build, so does the pressure inside her, and Tori returns to the pattern of self-harm that landed her in a hospital back in D.C. It all comes to a head one night when, to Tori's shock, she 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 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 Publishers Weekly

May 01, 2017 – A teenage girl gets caught up in a centuries-old family feud with a magical twist in a grim story of grief, recovery, and witchcraft. After the death of her adoptive father, 17-year-old Tori Burns an ex-swimmer who's adept with a razor blade when it comes to self-harm moves from Washington, D.C., to a dilapidated Maryland farmhouse with her mother and brother. No one in the town of Chaptico is pleased to see the Burnses, especially not the sprawling Slaughter clan, who once owned the house. Then Tori sees a young man rise up from the grave one night. He's Nathaniel Bishop, an indentured servant for the Slaughters in the 18th century who was hanged, and he and Tori attempt to figure out why he has returned. The shifts between the present-day narrative and Nathaniel's time on the Slaughter farm can be jarring, though Cosimano's (Holding Smoke) story is rich in historical detail and eerie atmosphere, and the cross-centuries friendship that develops between these two outsiders is touching. Ages 14 up.


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The Suffering Tree
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Crime & Mystery
  • Published: Jun 13, 2017
  • Publisher: Disney Book Group
  • Seller: Disney Publishing Worldwide
  • Print Length: 421 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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