It was breakfast as usual that morning for the DeWilde family, and Meg and Jack had absolutely no premonition that their world was about to collapse around them. Getting their 16-year-old son Caleb and their 14-year-old daughter Bethany off to school involved the usual chaos, and that morning there was another argument about Calebs wish to pursue a professional baseball career rather than attend college.

Later that morning, the police arrive to inform Meg that Caleb has committed suicide. It seems his body was found hanging from a tree in Sawyers Wood. This shocking event is emotionally devastating for the entire family.

Meg, especially, cant find peace until she can discover a reason for Calebs actions. Why did they not see any clues that would indicate he was that despondent? However, if Meg ever does find the answers, will they give her the resolution she seeks?

THE CALEB TREES is a deeply moving and well-written story that is at times painful to read. Author Dee Holmes successfully tackles an extraordinarily difficult subject; however, given that subject matter, this book will not be for everyone. (Sep., 320 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith