Despite the setting being the world of drug dealers and criminals, you can t help but sympathize with the characters Scott and Angela were very likeable characters I genuinely felt for them.
Both of them were stuck in a world where they don t really belong.
The Elephant Tree is a well written and original novel with an engrossing plot Moreover there isdepth to it , than might be apparent for the first time Though this is one of those books which sucks you in right from the fist page, it also takes a step away from the usual whodunnits Its hard to believe that this is the author s first novel.
The ending was really unexpected and despite the huge amount of suspense novels I have read, it still managed to take me by surprise.
Overall Gripping psychological thriller Recommended Yes To everyone who loves thrillers and suspense, with a depth.
Easy read full of action However, multiple spelling errors, inconsistencies and a poor ending made this story forgettable.
Mark Fallon Is An Overworked Detective Investigating A Spate Of Attacks At A String Of High Profile City Centre Nightclubs Scott Is A DejectedYear Old Struggling To Make Ends Meet Working For His Brother And Supplementing His Income With A Small Scale Drug Dealing Operation Angela Is An AttractiveYear Old, Raised By Her Father, A Career Criminal And Small Time Drug Dealer Who Supplies Scott With Cannabis This Is A Chilling Tale Spanning A Few Months In The Lives Of Scott And Angela, Where Realizations About The Present Combine With Shocking Revelations From The Past Leading To An Apocalyptic Climax Where They No Longer Know Whom They Can Trust My only fault with this book is that I simply didn t want to put it down in between sittings, which was a tad problematic at bedtime,it wasn t a book I had chosen myself to read and probably wouldn t have if it hadn t been recommended to me.
I can honestly say it has set the bar for my future expectations it has all the aspects I crave from a book, good characterisation, with a punchy storyline and disappointment of the last page perfection I have to say though for a first published novel, I am amazed.
and am nowthan looking forward to readingstuff from Mr Ronald And I highly recommend it Small time drug dealer with some ambition and a heart of gold too corny , Scott, gets himself and those around him into a bit of a rough spot think blunt force trauma, terminal gunshot wounds, and extreme emotional distress when job offers start to meet up with that aforementioned, but limited ambition Add a mysterious family history, a love interest that makes Scott s situationcomplicated, and a cast of other, seemingly half decent and some decidedly not decent , drug trade related characters, along with some unanswered attacks in the nightclub scene and we have all the makings of a high pressure, sure to be bloody thriller mystery street drama I am going to go ahead and address the err elephant err tree elephant, elephant.
man tree whatever in the room there is this not quite dead, but really should be dead tree that if you approach it from the correct direction has a segment that looks strikingly like an elephant head, but from another angle appears to be human faced intriguing plot piece, right Sure, but this is presented to us by drug and alcohol addled individuals and the promises of this titular element are not quite followed up on don t worry too much about it, it s a mood setterthan anything else The actual plot is quite good, it just doesn t have that much to do with a gnarled, creepy elephant human faced tree.
The success of this book lies with the dual external and internal conflicts of it s main character and the building tension of his situation The plot keeps moving in an organic and quick, if at times slightly too convenient, manner This book does not rely on spectacular character building, there is some of that in there, but it sof an allow yourself to fill in the blanks kind of thing, which I honestly don t mind too much in this sort of book This was a dark, gritty book that was not what I expected, but was nevertheless a good read In my copy there werethan a few typos, punctuation errors, and the sort, but nothing so egregious that it distracted from the story for long.
it s amazing, i loved every page How to review this book.
entertaining content you will go through this book within days but it s like junkfood and not coming to any great awe some moments.
Scotts is our main character He s a small time drug dealer with his friend Neil They have their regular group of druggies that they know and associate with Life is good, not great but good Although Scott has been feeling for a while he needs a change.
Scott has a strained relationship with his only brother After his parents died and then his uncle committs suicide, the brothers just seem to lack that connection most find in any normal childhood.
Camera black out and reopen with Angela A young beautiful female with an alternative style We are briefed on her romance history including a shocking revelation Angela just happens to be the daughter of a middle man drug provider most importantly Scotts hook up Clearly we can see whats coming As the story goes on we are introducedimportantly to Twinkle Poor old guy A big time alcoholic and weed dealer Unfortunately he doesn t seem to make the most wise decisions Twinkle approaches Scott about an opportunity he may have.
The story really takes off when this opportunity is accepted and watch the outcome which is very intersting I think what I really desired was asubstantial outcome in all honesty.
This was a good read and I would recommend it for something light during your heavy readings.
If you were young,inexperienced,and not very worldly you would like this book It made me laugh.
Is this Young Adult Fiction Be careful, there are cannabis sellers out there
When I was first offered The Elephant Tree for review, I didn t quite know what to think I really liked the cover and I thought it might be interesting but that s about it Then I started reading and it s mostly about drug dealers and that s not really up my alley given my prudish upbringing.
Turns out, I m really glad I read it.
The Elephant Tree is Ronald s debut and I have to say I m really impressed That s not to say this was a perfect book It is a little disjointed in parts and some of the foreshadowing set up is a little confusing and the blurb on the back is kind of misleading It talks about a character that has maybe 5 pages total involvement as if he s a main character.
Other than that, I was really attached to the actual main characters, Scott and Angela, and the plot definitely threw me for some loops Scott is a drug dealer with bigger plans, but stuck in a rut and Angela is a drug dealer s daughter who s lived with it all her life They both wantfrom life, but don t quite know how to get there.
The majority of the book, we follow Scott around through his life He smokes weed, smokes a cigarette, drinks a pint, smokesweed, rinse and repeat This goes on for quite a while and I hate to bring up another negative point, because I really did like this book, but it was a bit ridiculous how much of a focus this book has on the above Then again, that s a culture I m completely unaware of and I have to admit it gives you a good sense of the lives of these characters and what they revolve around.
Scott has always been talking about leaving the drug dealing life and moving up and finally he s offered a chance to do just that His friend Twinkle nickname has an easy job lined up and it would make them a lot of money Of course this gets them in with a boss in town and that kind of relationship is not too easy to break.
The Elephant Tree is definitely worth the read There are great characters, a great plot, and everything just fits together in a great timeline with a great pace.
Why Should You read The Elephant Tree Our society is very interested in drug culture Almost every movie you watch has at least a reference to drugs if not the plethora that actually revolve around drug dealing Blow and Half Baked are the first that come to mind The Elephant Tree was written by someone who has experienced this it was mostly written from prison and after reading it, I feel like I have a much better understanding of what goes on Recommended.
5 out of 5 Stars The Elephant Tree is a story of a man trying to escape from his own tedious life, initially seeming unconcerned by committing illegal acts, but when presented with the consequences and potential repercussions of someserious circumstances, forced to question who he is and what he really believes in A pretty dark and challenging book, but equally as exciting and rewarding.
The book itself is semi lengthy, easy to read and cleverly written from three different POVs Those POVs allowed me to really get a feel for the life and mentality of each of the central characters Detective Fallon, Angela and Scott were all memorable and I found myself empathizing with the miscreants, Scott and Angela The Elephant Tree is an entertaining criminological thriller that kept me fully engaged I really enjoyed it and believe others who like dark, suspenseful and psychological stories will as well.