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The Crying Tree

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

A compelling, thought-provoking, and healing debut

Shep Stanley is a loner, a mama's boy with a God given musical gift. When he is murdered in his home at the age of 15, his family's world spins out of control. Nothing is ever again the same, as if the soul of the family was murdered along with Shep. The murder occurs a...
Shep Stanley is a loner, a mama's boy with a God given musical gift. When he is murdered in his home at the age of 15, his family's world spins out of control. Nothing is ever again the same, as if the soul of the family was murdered along with Shep. The murder occurs as the book opens, and guides us through the eighteen year long wait for the execution of Shep's killer. What the family learns along the way leads them to redemption, and teaches the reader about the healing power of forgiveness. I have been an avid reader for 40 years, and this is one of the best books I have ever read. I read through the night. This book should come with a warning label - do not be surprised if at the end of the book you weep. Weeping in part because of the heartbreak of their story - the strength they show through the heartbreak - the way they heal - and because you feel a bit cheated as you never want this amazing novel to end. As the killer comments right before he dies. "You've gone and done it now, General. You've really gone and done it now....Pain and grace, sir. Pain and grace." I can't wait to read Naseem Rakha's next book. Through The Crying Tree she has proven that she is a fresh new voice with a gift to share with those of us lucky enough to seek and receive her light.

posted by Terrih74 on August 30, 2009

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Family tragedy

The Crying Tree is about what happens to a family when their son dies in a horrible accident. Teenager Shep Stanley is shot and killed in his own home during a botched burglary attempt. After his death, his parents and younger sister Bliss are forced to deal not only wi...
The Crying Tree is about what happens to a family when their son dies in a horrible accident. Teenager Shep Stanley is shot and killed in his own home during a botched burglary attempt. After his death, his parents and younger sister Bliss are forced to deal not only with Shep's death, but their feelings of hatred towards the person who shot him. Eventually, they come to realize that the murderer is not what he seems, and has some secrets of his own that will impact the family forever.

I thought that the plot was a bit predictable, and the characters somewhat stereotypical. I also thought the characters had an unrealistic, out-dated look towards one of the main themes later on in the novel. I found it hard to believe that everyone would be that closed minded and hateful about this particular theme in the year 2004. I also thought the book got a bit preachy towards the end. Despite all that, I still thought the book was an interesting (and quick) read.

posted by kren250 on May 30, 2009

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  • Posted May 30, 2009

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    Family tragedy

    The Crying Tree is about what happens to a family when their son dies in a horrible accident. Teenager Shep Stanley is shot and killed in his own home during a botched burglary attempt. After his death, his parents and younger sister Bliss are forced to deal not only with Shep's death, but their feelings of hatred towards the person who shot him. Eventually, they come to realize that the murderer is not what he seems, and has some secrets of his own that will impact the family forever.

    I thought that the plot was a bit predictable, and the characters somewhat stereotypical. I also thought the characters had an unrealistic, out-dated look towards one of the main themes later on in the novel. I found it hard to believe that everyone would be that closed minded and hateful about this particular theme in the year 2004. I also thought the book got a bit preachy towards the end. Despite all that, I still thought the book was an interesting (and quick) read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2013

    Great Discussion Book

    Great Book discussion book. Lots of issues to discuss from various viewpoints. It is a heart wringer of a story--towards the end you'll need a box of tissues close by.

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  • Posted October 17, 2009

    SPOLIER ALERT!!!!!'The Ending.....

    Is it just me or does anyone else feel conflicted about the ending??
    The ending lost me because I felt that I needed to suspend reality because I felt it could not possible be true in several areas....perhaps, I'm just not getting it..
    -with the type of new evidence..pixs, Nate's testimony, couldn't Daniel
    have gotten a new trial & with the amount of time served, couldn't he have gotten out..esp w/ all the media hoopla!
    -Would Daniel really have wanted to die knowing that he now had a surrogate Mom (connection to Shep)
    -Irene travels so far figuratively & literally, would she have really let Daniel die knowing he didn't kill Shep?? I don't believe that Irene would just give in..wouldn't that have been a slap in the face to Shep??

    I thought the book was very well written & has me still talking about (obviously)..really made me think about the death penalty aspect & forgiveness
    Wouldn't you love to hear a soundtrack to this book..

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