Author of YA & Adult fiction
Elle Cosimano


“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 award-winning author Elle Cosimano comes a haunting, atmospheric thriller perfect to hand to readers of the Mara Dyer trilogy and Bone Gap.

Praise for The Suffering Tree:

“Spellbinding and haunting . . . Cosimano weaves a riveting tale of secrets, dark magic, love, and revenge. Part history, part paranormal mystery, and part modern-day thriller, The Suffering Tree hooked me from the moment Nathaniel Bishop climbed out of his grave.” — Cat Winters, award-winning author of In the Shadow of Blackbirds

“Deliciously unpredictable. . . this is a compelling exploration of how roots twisted in cruelty affect a family tree for generations to come.” — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Riveting… A dark mixture of mystery, history, romance, and fantasy.”  —Kirkus Reviews

“Cosimano’s story is rich in historical detail and eerie atmosphere.”  —Publishers Weekly

 “Will keep readers riveted. . . Recommended for YA suspense collections.” —School Library Journal

“Cosimano whips up an enticing witch’s brew . . . An eerie, often pulse-pounding tale.” —Booklist Reviews

“The Suffering Tree is a haunting thriller . . . an intriguing narrative fueled by strong character development, vividly descriptive writing, and good pacing.” —Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

“The Suffering Tree does not disappoint . . . deftly twining historical narrative with Tori’s journey of self-discovery, creating a stark atmosphere ripe with distrust and unease.” —NPR Book Reviews