The Crying Tree
What: Murder, forgiveness, death row, grief, loss
Who: Irene (mother), Nate (father), Bliss (daughter), Shep (son), Carol (Irene's sister), Daniel (murderer), Mason (executioner/prison superintendant), Jeff (Bliss' ex-boyfriend)
Where: Southern Illinois and Oregon
How story transpires: Nate moves his family from Illinois to Oregon for a reason that is not told until the end. He tells the family it's because of a new job for him as deputy sheriff. Son Shep is murdered at their home and Daniel Robbin is convicted and put on death row. Unable to get over her anger and grief, Irene chooses to correspond with Daniel without her family's knowledge. When a date is set for Daniel's execution, Irene fights to save him, especially when she finds out why and how Shep was really killed.
Why I liked/didn't like: I liked every bit of it. Other reviewers said they didn't like the twist the author put in - the why and how Shep was really killed - but I did; I thought it added excitement. The characters were believable, Irene's grief and anger was powerful, the differences in the way Irene and Nate handled their son's death was honest and real, and I loved how Mason's tragic upbringing was brought into the story. I liked that the author was able to make the story sad but not depressing.
Who else reviewed: The Book Zombie, A Novel Menagerie, The Eclectic Reader, The Book Lady's Blog
What else by author: None
Where to find him/her: NaseemRakha.com
Why I chose: I'd seen this on other blogs. The name of the book and the cover were intriguing to me.
Where I got: Library
When I read: 3/11/10
How I rated: 4 Stars (Enjoyed It)