The Crying Tree by Naseem Rakha

Irene Stanley and her family's lives are torn upside down when her 15 year old son, Shep, is murdered during a home invasion. Irene and Nate, Shep's parents, and Bliss, Shep's sister are devastated by the loss of their young son/brother. This is their story as they all deal with his loss and how their grief affects their lives.

Shep's murderer, Daniel, is captured and awaits his death sentence in a Oregon State penitentiary’s death row. Although the family is now able to sigh a breath of relief knowing that the killer is behind bars and awaits execution, Irene is struggling with depression. Her life is spiraling out of control - she spends her days moping around like a zombie. She does not cook, clean, and does nothing for her teen daughter Bliss. Nate had the opposite attitude. He quickly returns to work and his mentality is more along the lines of what happened happened and we must now continue to live our lives and move on. On what would have been Shep's 25th birthday, Irene decides to write a letter to Daniel in death row. They secretly write to each other for years until the date is finally scheduled for Daniel's execution.

Although the main theme in this story is forgiveness, there were so many other underlying factors that also made an impact on it - capital punishment, religion, family ties, secrets and the complexities of life. The story alternates back and forth from the year of the crime to the present - decades later when appeals have been made and run their course and now the execution is to take place.

I thought Ms. Rakha does a great job in fleshing out her characters - and there are many of them. She not only brings you into her story but she makes you go through all the ups and downs with Irene and deal with the conflicting thoughts going through Tab's mind about the upcoming execution.

All in all, this was a gripping story, it will not only make you ache for its characters but, it will keep you on your toes guessing as to its unexpected secrets and leave you feeling surprised as to its conclusion. I will forewarn that there is not a lot of joy to be found in its pages but it is one that I would hope you don't miss out on.

To learn more about author, Naseem Rakha, check out her site here. You can also view the book trailer here.

This book was provided for review Terra Communications.

GIVEAWAY: I have 1 paperback copy up for grabs - thanks to the lovely Sarah at Terra Communications. Plus I have one extra copy that I will giveaway personally.

As always, leave a comment for one entry. If you'd like extra entries just say so in your comment or separate comments (extra entries for followers, Twitter, sidebars, Facebook, etc.) ; and for putting my spiffy little button on your blog. Make sure to leave an e-mail address, especially if you are leaving a comment under Anonymous.

Rules: This contest is open to U.S. & Canada residents, but I will open internationally for one of the copies. Just make sure to say whether or not you are out of the country so that I don't pick two international winners. Winners will be drawn Sunday, August 15.


Melissa said...

Thanks for the giveaway.

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Autumn said...

I've had this book on my to read list for quite awhile! Thanks for the giveaway!

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Katie said...

Thanks for the giveaway, this book sounds really interesting. I'm a follower :)
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ANovelMenagerie said...

No need to enter me. I read and reviewed it. I really liked the book, as well! Good review.

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Jenn said...

This looks like an interesting one! Thanks for hosting.

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PoCoKat said...

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Jennifer said...

This sounds like a really interesting story. At first, I didn't think I'd like it, but as I continued reading your review, I opened up to the idea of a complex story with twists and turns - very true to life in so many ways.

Please enter me in the give away. I'm a follower of you blog.


Emidy @ Une Parole said...

Wow, this sounds like such an intense book. It sounds incredibly sad, too. Lovely review, though!

Jackie said...

This sounds like an interesting story! Thanks for the review and giveaway!
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Liz @ Cleverly Inked said...

This book seems like a winner.


Pink Panther said...

Sounds lovely! Can't wait to read The Crying Tree! I am a follower and lives in Hong Kong. :) You can reach me at luvpinkpanther@gmail.com

Mystica said...

It really made me wonder whether I would be so forgiving. I doubt it..

I am in Sri Lanka and thanks for offering one copy to overseas readers. So much appreciated.


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LoveMyCoffee said...

I would love to read this one. Lots of good reviews on this book too.


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This book sounds wonderful.

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Sue said...

Great giveaway. Thanks!

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Steve Capell said...

This book sounds like an interesting read.. Thanks for the opportunity


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This sounds great!

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