The Family Treeby John Everson
The blood of the tree is its sap. It has sustained Scott Belvedere's family for generations. It's the secret ingredient behind the family's intoxicating ale and bourbon, among other elixirs. But only when Scott inherits The Family Tree Inn, deep in the hills of Virginia, does he learn anything about his family, its symbiotic history,
Its roots are old...and twisted!
The blood of the tree is its sap. It has sustained Scott Belvedere's family for generations. It's the secret ingredient behind the family's intoxicating ale and bourbon, among other elixirs. But only when Scott inherits The Family Tree Inn, deep in the hills of Virginia, does he learn anything about his family, its symbiotic history, or the mammoth, ancient tree around which the inn is literally built. And after he stumbles upon the bony secrets hidden in its roots, while in the welcoming arms of the innkeeper's daughter, he realizes that not only is blood thicker than water-it's the only thing that might save him from the hideous fate of his ancestors...
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This book had a good story line but needed more fleshing out. I agree with one of the previous reviews that the ending felt rushed. Also, after reading a few chapters the book became very predictable and it was easy to guess what would happen next.
The Family Tree is a rather unique horror story set in The Family Tree Inn, an inn that has been in Scott Belvedere’s family for ages but that he’s only recently inherited. So far the story sounds pretty familiar, but then it introduces a few enticing twists: the sap of the tree, its blood, is the secret ingredient behind his family’s ale, and it has more side effects than Scott has knowledge of. He moves to the inn to find out more about his heritage and to learn about his family, but he never suspected to end up knee-deep into a nightmare. As he discovers one secret after another, and he gets the feeling something isn’t quite right about the inn, he stumbles upon a horrifying truth that might cost him his life. Let’s start with the good. The author includes several erotic scenes in the book, but they make sense – they’re there for a reason, it’s not just sex just for the sake of adding in sex. The characters are real, and they each have their own quirks and personality, however the reader doesn’t connect with them, which is probably a good thing. If anything, the more I got to know the characters, the more alienated I felt from them. The downside was that I couldn’t relate to Scott either, who is probably the only character one should really relate to while reading this book. That’s the only downside I could find to the book though: the writing is excellent, the pacing is fast, and the story screams originality. Too bad I couldn’t relate to the main character, else I would’ve given this a higher rating. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I am a long time fan of John Everson’s work. Now some may say I am biased because of that fact, and in some cases it may be true. I liked The Family Tree. Please note I did not say love. Liked. The pace was great and the pages flew by. The character development was really well done and you got the wonderful feeling of a build up to a big reveal. There are several reveals in the book and what happens to the hero of the book, Scott Belvedere, is a twisted bit of deliciousness. The only problem I had with the book is that the ending felt a little bit rushed. I had the feeling that there was something more to be had but the author did not have the time to say it. One note, if you are looking for blood guts and sex like some of his other books, you may be disappointed. This one is heavy on sex and light on blood and guts. I am keeping my fingers crossed for a follow up.