The Poison Tree

Kelly, Erin

(Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Poison Tree
Picking up Rex after a ten-year prison sentence for murder, Karen remembers the bohemian summer in 1990s London when their carefree romance and excesses became subject to a complicated family history and ended in violence.
Publisher: New York : Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, 2011
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 0670022403
Branch Call Number: FICTION KELLY 2011
Characteristics: 322 p. ;,24 cm


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Picking up Rex after a ten-year prison sentence for murder, Karen remembers the bohemian summer in 1990s London when their carefree romance and excesses became subject to a complicated family history and ended in violence. A twisty, psychological thriller that will keep you guessing until the end.

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Jan 27, 2014
  • gracindaisy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

How far will a woman go for what she loves? A psychological thriller with a roaring finish!

Jul 30, 2013
  • JCLGreggW rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An intoxicating mix of Donna Tartt and Gillian Flynn, but very much her own voice, Erin Kelly's debut novel is a twisty, turny stunner that will will have you reading well into the night. Normal, steady college student Karen stumbles across free-spirit theater student Biba in a chance encounter. The two become fast friends along with Biba's brother, Rex. The novel jumps forward 10 years later, where Karen has a daughter and Rex is freshly out of prison. Author Erin Kelly plays on the tension between these two worlds, building up to a climax that piles revelation on top of revelation where dark secrets are revealed - and dark actions, too. Wonderfully done and completely absorbing, this is a novel you'll want to take a chance on.

Mar 07, 2012
  • bsevertsen rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Thriller plot. Very stilted dialogue and narrator monologue. Author has an "air word" problem, which means you can skip ahead to the ending without missing much.

Mar 02, 2012
  • Pisinga rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It leaves a great impression! I wanted to read without stopping, despite the fact that sometimes you can guess what could be next. But all the characters are described with such talented accuracy, that they are perceived as a "living" people with whom
you want to meet and see them in the "body and blood." Excellent material for a possible movie.

Sep 17, 2011
  • AGLibrary rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very Good book, keeps you guessing until the end.
One summer A very bright university girl (Karen )meets this other girl (Bila)
they become friends,
Bila's brother (Rex) becomes involved with Karen.
10 yrs later Rex gets out of prison for killing some one to restart his life with Karen and her daughter.

Jun 19, 2011

Erin Kelly's novel The Poison Tree starts with a car speeding away from somewhere, someone or something. Then, it's 10 years later, and a woman and her daughter are on their way to prison to pick up the woman's husband and the girl's father. You know there's a murder, and you even know who committed it. Most of all you know there's lots you don't know about how we got to this point. Clues that only hint at the truth keep you riveted and remind you that you'd better pay attention. As the details unfold, the characters get more complex, as Kelly keeps the surprises coming until the very last page.

"This dazzling debut novel begins as Karen and her daughter Alice go to pick up Rex from prison. Rex has just served 10 years for murder. Who these people are and what happened to them is the spine of Kelly’s excellent psychological thriller."
Margaret Cannon
Feb 17 2011

"In the summer of 1997, shy, sheltered Karen is befriended by glamorous, passionate Biba. She and her shy, enigmatic brother Rex live in seclusion in Highgate, and welcome Karen into their home and their lives. The arrival of a stranger shatters this fragile idyll with fatal consequences. A decade later, Rex is released from prison and he and Karen must try to rebuild their life with ten-year-old Alice. For Rex, the life sentence is over, but Karen has secrets of her own. For her, the nightmare is just beginning."
Richard and Judy Book Club

Feb 12, 2011
  • thebeadedlady rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A good crime thriller/mystery, with a twist at the end


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