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Friday, December 21, 2018

1. On Tour: The Judas Tree by Susan Bacoyanis #TheJudasTree #Endeavour Media

My thoughts about The Judas Tree

 

I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first line.

 

First line—"Why do people lie? To gain attention? To elevate their status, or reinvent themselves? Is it perhaps the need to control? To instill fear, exercise power or cultivate friendship and love?"

This is a story full of lies and deceit. Mary seems like a nice person, a friendly neighbor, someone you might want to get to know. But be careful of Mary! She is a liar and will twist things around to her liking so she gets what she wants.

 

I got sucked into her world and watched unbelievingly as she manipulated everyone she came in contact with. This was definitely a page-turner as I couldn't wait to see what Mary was going to do next. What a twisted, scary person, and story—and I loved every minute of it!

 

I received a copy of The Judas Tree in exchange for my honest review.

 

 

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The Judas Tree

Susan Bacoyanis

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Wow! What a read! If you want a book that will keep you reading the pages into the night, this is the one for you! Mary has seen her fair share of heartbreak and betrayal. Her husband has left her and much of her time is taken up watching the neighbors; the handsome Jonas and his wife. She finds herself feeling attraction for this stranger that she knows is wrong, yet, she can’t stop herself. The more involved she gets, the more she discovers  his flaws which become hard to ignore. He is an abuser and a betrayer. Something inside of her breaks and a brutal plot of revenge is born. This book is a psychological read the like of which I have never read before. It is a thriller, yet it is also a deep look inside of a woman who has been damaged. She really made me feel sorry for her and believe that she is doing these evil things for the greater good. She wants to make the abuser feel abused, and let me tell you, she really does a good job at that. One of my favorite aspects of this book was the parallels drawn between her and Mary Tudor. All of us know Mary did some really evil things, but I don’t think she was born evil. I think the world shaped her into the person she became. I think the same can be said of Mary in this book. Make sure as you are reading to note the importance of the title and the parallels with Judas, himself. If you want a book that will chill you to the bone and really make you think, The Judas Tree is a book not to be missed!!! This book was excellent from the beginning until the very end!

Reasons I enjoyed this book:

Action-packed/  Entertaining/  Haunting/ Original/ Page-turner/ Scary/ Twisted/ Unpredictable

 

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Today, I'm delighted to bring you a review of The Judas Tree by @SusanBacoyanis published by @Endeavour_Media as part of their blog tour. I hope you'll check it out!

A gripping read for anyone who likes dark psychological…

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The Judas Tree by Susan Bacoyanis (Review)

Mary, a 46-year-old divorcee, is a damaged woman who endured many years of abuse and buried it, never dealing with her issues or her feelings surrounding what she went through. She is convinced that she does what is best for the greater good and that her actions are justified.

Having been left for a younger woman, she moves to England. Beginning an affair with her new neighbour across the road, Jonas, she is now the “other woman,” in a relationship with a married man. A man who is nasty, taunting her with the nursery rhyme “Mary, Mary, quite contrary” and already a clearly unfaithful man, he goes on to betray her too. Watching out of her windows, she sees that Jonas has other regular female visitors and is cheating on her, so she sets out for revenge in this dark, psychological thriller.

The history of Mary Tudor is woven through the book and the author explores abuse throughout; some of the acts are taken from real life events in an attempt to generate awareness.

There are so many twists and turns, this book is a wild ride and will grip you from start to finish as you witness Mary’s crusade for revenge and how she deals with her “three blind mice.” Despite becoming a murderess, you can feel empathy for Mary and all she has endured and the series of events that led to her doing the things she did.

Filled with twists and turns, The Judas Tree will have you hooked from start to finish.

 

 

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The Judas Tree (Linked Series Book #2) by Susan Bacoyanis Blog Tour

 

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The Judas Tree (Linked Series Book #2) by Susan Bacoyanis Blog Tour Dec 19th 2018

 

Today I am delighted to share with you the opening extract of the latest novel by Susan Bacoyanis. The Judas Tree is an intriguing tale of a woman scorned who takes her revenge to scary new heights. When Mary moves to a small village she is hoping to put her ex-husband and the bitter divorce behind her. When she befriends Jonas it seems that she is finally moving on, however it soon turns out that he isn’t the person she thought he was, and Mary is clearly not the quiet divorcee she at first seems.

This is an interesting tale that cleverly intersperses historical facts about Mary Tudor with the story of Mary Webster. If you like a tale with a serious amount of revenge then this is definitely the story for you. Read on for the opening chapter.

PART ONE: MARY, MARY, QUITE CONTRARY

 

A story of betrayal . . .

 

Oh! What a tangled web we weave,

When first we practice to deceive

                          Sir Walter Scott

 

Why do people lie? To gain attention? To elevate their status, or reinvent themselves? Is it perhaps the need to control? To instill fear, exercise power or cultivate friendship and love?

People who lie are the ordinary, uninspired immature adults who were ignored as children. Whose siblings stole their parents’ affection. Who underachieved in school, were patronized, humiliated and scolded more than praised. These emotionally crippled beings continuously seek attention to distract from their self-disgust, which allows no liberty in their skin.

We honest people are the unsuspecting audience, naively watching their performance… captivated by their practiced script. We listen to their stories, their memories, their family history recited with affectionate anecdotes. We perceive them as gentle and kind, with values that are admirable. We hang on every syllable, listening in earnest as they boost their ego at our expense and with glazed eyes, we reflect an image of love, which they have cultivated. It is undeserving. It is a lie.

 

 

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Blog Tour: The Judas Tree by Susan Bacoyanis | Review

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Susan is a brilliant writer and this is a well-crafted, well written book that had me hooked from the first sentence. Lies, betrayal, secrets and a drama filled book.

You’ll love and be shocked by the genesis of the name Judas Tree. I was!

Do I recommend it? YES

I’m part of a blog tour organized by Endeavour Media Ltd. Publishing.

Machiavelli Quote  -  “If an injury has to be done to a man, it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.”

My Take: It’s been a while since I picked up a thriller that I enjoyed as much as I did The Judas Tree. The book follows the story of Mary as told by Mary through a story. Basically, it’s a story within a story and I have to admit, I was fascinated by that more than anything.

What I liked: The historical aspect of the story. If you’ve been reading Suckerforcoffe for a while now you are probably aware of how much I love historical fiction. Mary’s inspiration in the book, is Mary Tudor also known as Mary I the Queen of England and if you know anything about this woman you know how extreme she was.

There were plot twists I didn’t see coming that had my heart racing. I’m talking of the twists that just sneak up on you, yet makes sense being there. Alongside that, even the predictable plot twists had me in suspense because they unravel so beautifully and just made my reading experience better.

The perfect coordination of the (2) nursery rhymes to the story. You have to read the book to understand how brilliant this concept is.

I have a love hate relationship with the characters especially Mary’s character. Reason being she actually does believe that she is ridding their little town off evil, but the extreme measures she takes to do that, phew!

What I didn’t like: Jonas. He is a sad, dark twisted man and even I, am afraid of him. . . and he’s just a book character!

Quote - “It’s a strange human failing that when a person is trusted, no one doubts their honesty.”

 

 

 

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My review

I had no problem at all being dragged into this story because the author certainly knows how to capture a reader’s attention from the very beginning.

It’s a book that takes you on a very winding road full of betrayal, manipulation, lies, deceit and of course murder.

I really liked the author’s creative mind, because when you write a book with a lot of twists and turns, it goes without a doubt that every i should be dotted and every t should be crossed. I could only applaud the author on that.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book. Thank you, Susan Bacoyanis and Endeavour Media

4 Stars

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THE JUDAS TREE

December 21, 2018

 

Author : Susan Bacoyanis Publisher : Endeavour Media:Genre : Mystery, Thriller

I have a leg for thrillers, so I agreed to read ” The Judas Tree ” and was happy to be a part of the blog tour for this book. The Judas Tree is the second book by the author Susan Bacoyanis and I must say that I loved reading it. Judas Tree or The Red Bud tree blooms in early spring, sprouting red buds directly from the bark. It looks as if it’s bleeding. It signified

* BETRAYAL *

The Judas Tree is based on the concept of love conquers betrayal and is a thriller which will keep you on the edge. An amazing book with the elements of seduction, lies, betrayal, love and revenge. The book is a psychological thriller which would definitely keep you hooked till the end. The writing is so smooth and gripping that not even once did I get bored with the story.

The twists and turns are what I live for and the book does total justice to them. I love how the author has developed the characters. My personal favorite was of course Mary- she was soft, romantic, fierce and bold. The language was easy and understandable. The story is well narrated and the story is fast paced. Recommended for the lover of thriller genre! @worldof.books_

 

5 Stars

 

 

REVIEWS of the BLOG TOUR for SUSAN BACOYANIS

 

 

Great review Em Jay Reads

Where to start? First and foremost, I do recommend The JUDAS TREE by Susan Bacoyanis. Apart from a few murmurings from other readers having enjoyed the book, I had no expectations when I started. I am glad I just dove in because what an exhilarating ride this book turned out to be {…} the plotting and tie into nursery rhymes and Mary Tudor is deliciously clever. I found 'The Judas Tree' a thoroughly enjoyable escape into storyland."

-Em Jay Reads

 

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GOODREADS

Five Stars

Amanda

Mary has been cheated on by her husband, after the divorce she moves to the countryside to start again but falls for the charm of her married neighbor Jonas. Soon the ardor wears off when she sees him hitting his wife and cheating on her with numerous young women from the village!!

 

Oh boy you don’t want to mess with Mary! She is fed up with being the victim and wants revenge, this dish is definitely best served cold. Mary is damaged and nuttier than a Snickers bar!!

 

This is a psychological thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat, who would have thought the nursery rhyme Mary Mary quite contrary would be so chilling and so pivotable to this story!!

 

I read this in a day desperate to know how this twisted tale ends.

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GOODREADS - Ratings

Five Stars -really amazing - Leila Rae Bush

Five Stars – really amazing - Regis Worsoe

Four Stars– Really liked it - Olive Morgan

Four Stars -really liked it - Christine

Four Stars – really liked it - Mitchell Erno

Four Stars – really liked it – Robert Shivak

Four Stars- really liked it - Bella

 

 

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