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The Crying Tree - a review.,
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'The Crying Tree' tells the story of the Stanley family, whose lives are disrupted when husband and father Nate Stanley instigates the families move to Oregon. A year after the families move, son Shep is murdered in their home. The book moves at rapid pace, with extremely short chapters, from 1983 the time of Shep's murder, to 2004 and the revelation that Shep's murderer is to be executed after spending 19 years on death row. Shep's mother, Irene, has spent these 19 years secretly communicating with the murderer, and getting to know him, however, as he faces death, she must confess to her family the relationship that has grown between the two.
I was extremely excited by the synopsis of this novel, however, upon reading i have found the short chapters to give a rather dis-jointed experience of following the story. I found that interesting ideas were not explored fully and more could have been made of the relationships between the family.
Overall this book was an easy read and generally enjoyable but not as challenging and interesting as it could have been, given the subject matter.