Wednesday, November 05, 2014

The Poison Tree by Erin Kelly

Karen, a sheltered honors student at a prestigious London university, has her whole life in front of her. Her rather dull boyfriend has just broken up with her, she has very little in common with her less than inspiring roommates, and she is ready to spread her wings and fly. Enter beautiful, charismatic, flighty Biba and her sexy older brother Rex and Karen is swept off of her feet into a whirlwind of all night parties and an intoxicating, edgy lifestyle. She moves into the siblings’ decaying family mansion and the three become inseparable. When Karen and Rex inevitably begin an intimate relationship, and Biba hooks up with Guy, an obnoxious new boyfriend, the dynamics between the threesome slowly change and things spin terribly out of control, ending in unexpected and shocking violence.

This lush novel of psychological suspense is satisfyingly decadent, and Kelly’s characters are absolutely true to life. Watching Karen’s rose-colored glasses deteriorate is hypnotic. I couldn’t stop.  If you have ever been dangerously snowed by the “cool crowd” or intrigued by the idea of moving into a commune and living the Bohemian life, take a walk on the wild side and explore The Poison Tree! Still haven’t had enough? Check out The Likeness by Tara French or The Secret History by Donna Tartt.

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