Publisher: Spence City
Publication Date: January 2014
Origins: From Author for Review
Synopsis: It’s been four years since Chris Arlin graduated with a degree that most people think she made up, and she’s still no closer to scraping up funding for her research into rare plants. Instead, she’s stacking shelves at the campus library, until a suspiciously well-dressed man offers her a lucrative position on a scientific expedition.
For Chris, the problem isn’t the fact that they’re searching for the Biblical Tree of Life. Nor is it the fact that most of the individuals on the expedition seem to be fashionably lethal mercenaries. The problem is that the mission is being backed by SinaCorp, the corporation responsible for a similar, failed expedition on which her mother died eleven years ago.
However, when Chris’s father is unexpectedly diagnosed with inoperable cancer, Chris sees only one solution. Vowing to find the Tree of Life before SinaCorp’s mercenaries, Chris recruits Luke, an antisocial campus priest undergoing a crisis of faith. Together, they embark on a desperate race to find Eden. However, as the hunt intensifies, Chris discovers growing evidence of her mother’s strange behaviour before her death, and she begins to realise that SinaCorp isn’t the only one with secrets they want to stay buried.
Review: THE OTHER TREE features Chris Arlin, a cryptobotanist and Luke, a priest who has had a crisis of faith. Chris is approached by a mysterious man who wants her to join their expedition to find the Tree of Life. The only problem is the expedition is funded by the same corporation her mother died for years ago. With her father sick, she ropes Luke into performing their own search, hopefully beating SinaCorp to the treasure. Following clues and risking their lives, like an Indiana Jones movie, Chris and Luke both must confront their pasts. THE OTHER TREE is a morality tale where it is up to the reader to decide what is right. I was happy how, even with the Biblical undercurrent, the author did not make her characters preachy. They were all human and flawed, which leaves room for the growth they need to come up with their own answers to the riddles of life. The search for clues takes the protagonists and the enemy across the globe, pits them against each other and a mysterious third group. THE OTHER TREE is a novel with complex characters and a desperate race for the truth.