Reviewed by Melanie K.

Scott begins dating Angela, the daughter of his cannabis dealer. Angela used to date Scott’s older brother, Jack. Scott tries to hide his drug dealings from his older brother, but is unaware that he already knows and is high up in the chain of command of distributors.

Scott becomes involved in a theft of a shipment of electronics that is supposed to contain cocaine with another dealer nicknamed Twinkle. Scott only does the job for the fast money it involves, and has no intention of doing it again. Paul McBlane, who arranged the theft and whom the shipment was for, has other plans for Scott and informs him that he has been recruited – like it or not.

Angela and Scott flee to the mountains to get away from the whole situation for a while and stay with her father’s friend Jeff. Jeff has a huge cannabis growing operation in the tunnels and caves below his property and has also fled from Paul McBlane, but many years ago.

After accidentally breaking a storage box, Scott comes across information that his mother had an affair with his uncle. He returns to Jack’s apartment to speak with him about it, and McBlane picks up his trail and follows him to the mountains. Angela is kidnapped and the race is on to see which dealer can outsmart the other and come out of this alive.

Everyone in the world is either drunk or on drugs, or so The Elephant Tree would lead you to believe. I realized before I began reading that the storyline involved “small-scale drug dealing”, but was disappointed to find that no one ever seemed to go to their “real” jobs. All of the characters spent all of their time traveling from bar to bar, scoring drugs, going to parties and having sex.

The entire story seemed extremely distant and was difficult to get into; while drug dealings and the inside of bars were described with great care, not once did you find out where you were – town, county or even country. At first, I thought there were typos, but then it dawned on me that the characters were in another country.

Rating: 2.5/5

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by R D Donald. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.