Saturday, February 25, 2012

"The Poison Tree" by Erin Kelly

 The Poison Tree by Erin Kelly tells the story of a young girl in London whose summer romance turns into something she could never have dreamed would happen.  The ending is really, really good!  It took me awhile to get into this book, but from page 200 or so (large print version) to the end, I really, really enjoyed it!  This is the second book by Erin Kelly that I read and I enjoyed both of them.
(Gerard's review)

The Poison Tree by Erin Kelly is a novel that shows how crucial it is to choose friends wisely.  The main character, Karen, certainly didn’t when she became friends with Biba.  They were from two different worlds but Karen for some reason was bored and found Biba’s world more exciting.  The book is filled with druggies, alcoholics and promiscuity.  Biba’s brother, Rex, although seems to be the most sensible doesn’t work or attend college.  He and his sister live in a huge house owned by their father rent free and invite in friends to live with them.  This book has so many complicated relationships that I don’t even know how to write about it without giving too much away.  I felt most sorry for Karen’s parents because she messed up her life so badly with one poor decision after another.  All she had to do was focus on her college studies and stick with her roommates, but no—she didn’t.  Biba was very selfish and Rex and Karen both loved her and tried to help and protect her.  When two guys are shot and killed at their house, Rex takes charge of things out of his love for both Biba and Karen.     

This is a good read if you like dark books that do not have predictable endings.  It is not inspirational or heartwarming at all!  After reading The Dark Rose which I didn’t care for, I decided to give the author another chance and go ahead and read this one and am glad I did.  This may make for a good book club read because it certainly has a lot of characters that would make for good discussion.
(Karen's review, My rating is 3 out of 5 stars)

Have you read this one? What did you think of it? If you reviewed this too, feel free to share your link to your review in the comments. Happy Reading!

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1 comment:

  1. I have not read this book, nor heard of it, but based on the title and cover I'd definitely check it out from the library. I see that it's tagged under psychological thriller, then it's probably my type of book too! :)


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