The Hanging Girl
Skye Thorn has given tarot card readings for years, and now her psychic visions are helping the police find the town’s missing golden girl. It’s no challenge—her readings have always been faked, but this time she has some insider knowledge. The kidnapping was supposed to be easy—no one would get hurt and she’d get the money she needs to start a new life. But a seemingly harmless prank has turned dark, and Skye realizes the people she’s involved with are willing to kill to get what they want and she must discover their true identity before it’s too late.

The Hanging Girl Details

TitleThe Hanging Girl
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 3rd, 2017
PublisherHMH Books for Young Readers
ISBN-139780544829824
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

The Hanging Girl Review

  • Emily May
    January 1, 1970
    The joys of living in a small town. The bodies of your mistakes rarely stayed buried. They had a tendency to pop up when you least expected them. I think Eileen Cook is a real author to watch. Her books seem to be flying relatively under the radar so far, but in both this book and With Malice, she’s demonstrated her talent for dragging me in and keeping me interested throughout the tale she is weaving. In The Hanging Girl, I was hooked pretty quickly. Skye's narrative was instantly engaging, sh The joys of living in a small town. The bodies of your mistakes rarely stayed buried. They had a tendency to pop up when you least expected them. I think Eileen Cook is a real author to watch. Her books seem to be flying relatively under the radar so far, but in both this book and With Malice, she’s demonstrated her talent for dragging me in and keeping me interested throughout the tale she is weaving. In The Hanging Girl, I was hooked pretty quickly. Skye's narrative was instantly engaging, showing her to be someone we might not be able to trust and someone willing to lie and manipulate to get what she wants. And yet, she is not unlikable. I found it very easy to sympathize with her desire for something more than what she has. I understood the lies she told - she created a fictional life for herself; a fictional life she wished she had.If you haven't already, I don't recommend reading professional reviews for this book. Kirkus and others reveal what I found to be a superb twist. It happens only a third of the way in, but I still think it is better to experience it firsthand rather than being spoiled before. So I'll be coy about it: When a pretty teenager goes missing, Skye tells the police of the psychic visions she has been having about the disappearance, offering clues to the missing girl's whereabouts. However, it soon becomes obvious that Skye is involved more than she is letting on. When things take a very unexpected turn, Skye must decide whether to reveal what she knows or continue the deception. To be honest, I think naturally suspicious readers will have no problem working out what is going on, but that didn't seem to matter for me. Skye was a strong enough narrator and didn't need a surprising conclusion to elevate her story - it was enough to wonder what would happen when the truth came out. And I found the ending very satisfying.I'm sure some will want a different ending for The Hanging Girl. Perhaps more drama, definitely more (view spoiler)[justice (hide spoiler)], but I think it's pretty perfect the way it is.Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube
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  • Kathryn
    January 1, 1970
    I wasn’t sure which was worse--to know you’re a liar or to believe your own bullshit. For years, Eileen Cook has been my go-to for YA thrillers. Her stories are decidedly dark and unsettling, yet approachable. The Hanging Girl, Eileen Cook’s latest edition, is no exception. It’s a compelling mixture of nail-biting suspense and teen angst. Richly woven, it’ll keep you guessing to the very last page. Literally. Candi Thorn, better known as Skye, has spent her entire life resenting both her ridicul I wasn’t sure which was worse--to know you’re a liar or to believe your own bullshit. For years, Eileen Cook has been my go-to for YA thrillers. Her stories are decidedly dark and unsettling, yet approachable. The Hanging Girl, Eileen Cook’s latest edition, is no exception. It’s a compelling mixture of nail-biting suspense and teen angst. Richly woven, it’ll keep you guessing to the very last page. Literally. Candi Thorn, better known as Skye, has spent her entire life resenting both her ridiculous name and the kooky mother who bestowed it. Desperate to escape small-town Michigan, Skye has long-planned to move to NYC with her bestie the second the ink dries on her diploma. Problem is: graduation’s fast approaching and Skye’s about 30 cents shy of a quarter. Slinging fast-food and giving out occasional tarot card readings ain’t cutting it. There enters Code-Named Pluto. Pluto proposes a deal. S/he’ll kidnap Paige-- the wild, popular, teenaged daughter of a local judge. In exchange, Skye simply has to use her “psychic” abilities to help police solve the case. Ransom money will be evenly divided with Skye earning a cool $12,000. The Big Apple’s lights look a tad brighter already. Complications arise, however, when Paige’s father refuses to cough up the dough. And shit really hits the fan when Paige turns up…... DEAD. The Hanging Girl’s success is due in no small part to the shrewd, snarky Skye. Forced to live with an irresponsible mother who chats with dead people on the reg, Skye spends her days conning cheerleaders for cash with fake tarot card readings. Cynical Skye is very much a reaction to her eccentric mother. A mother who would rather spend time analyzing auras than paying bills. And it’s their relationship that’s a highlight of the story. Their odd-couple dynamic makes Skye’s personality both realistic and understandable. And her deadpan humor brings spark to an otherwise DARK story. The girl makes bad-decision an artform, yet remains surprisingly likable. No small feat.Reminiscent of a teen Gone Girl, Eileen Cook’s latest creation is riveting and INTENSE. Twists abound and just when you *think* you have everything figured out, the script is FLIPPED. And the ending? More than a smidge fucked up. Oh Eileen, you never fail to disappoint.
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  • ✿Katherine Elizabeth✿
    January 1, 1970
    1.5/5 StarsDNFI could not stand this book! The story was all over the place, and the author was obviously trying way too hard to please "today's society" by giving us this extremely diverse set of characters. Don't get me wrong, diversity is GREAT. But when every character seems to be deliberately put in there just to make people happy, I don't like it. It makes me feel like the story isn't the authors anymore, but rather that the author was pushed into pleasing society instead of staying true t 1.5/5 StarsDNFI could not stand this book! The story was all over the place, and the author was obviously trying way too hard to please "today's society" by giving us this extremely diverse set of characters. Don't get me wrong, diversity is GREAT. But when every character seems to be deliberately put in there just to make people happy, I don't like it. It makes me feel like the story isn't the authors anymore, but rather that the author was pushed into pleasing society instead of staying true to their vision. Not only that, but I HAD NO IDEA WHAT WAS HAPPENING. Honestly, it feels like I've been picking up all the wrong books lately - 'cause it seems like I'm confused with nearly every book I try - or I just flat out don't like it. But seriously, there were some chapters in this book where you would assume it's in Skye's perspective (she's the MC), however you'd be told later that that chapter was actually someone else's perspective, and I was like what? So then, I'd backtrack and STILL be confused with that chapter.I decided to just give up once I read a paragraph that was flat-out shaming Republican's:"The crowd nodded. Paige's dad was known as Hanging Bonnet for his harsh way of dealing with people who appeared before him. The judge made the national news for his "shaming sentences," where he would make criminals do embarrassing things in public to teach them a lesson. Now they were saying he was a possible Republican candidate for a Senate seat."Ohhh, I see. So it's fine to do that to Republican's, right? 'Cause they're harsh and enjoy forcing people to do things. Mhm. But don't you dare speak badly about Democrats - because that's unacceptable! It's like, really? C'mon. Also, why the heck did that have to be mentioned in there? She didn't have to add the political view. But it was obvious that Cook was throwing a jab at Republicans, and I'm sorry, but that really ticked me off. Then again, I think it was unwise on her part to do that, since I'm sure I won't be the only one to get annoyed by it.Overall, this was not my type of read. The story was too disorganized and I didn't want to finish it. You should never read books that irk you. There are so many better books out there - and I'm not one of those people who are finicky about DNFing books. If I hate it, I'm probably not going to finishing it. *shrugs*Then again, you might like this, so you should still give it a shot.
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  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    Skye Thorn is a high school senior that has grown up with a mother that thinks she's psychic leading Skye to begin her own business of tarot readings. For Skye though she knows there's no psychic ability behind her strangely accurate readings, she just knows how to really read people and with a little help reading personal files when working in the office she's spot on with her "predictions". Now that high school is coming to a close though Skye finds herself desperate for money when it doesn't Skye Thorn is a high school senior that has grown up with a mother that thinks she's psychic leading Skye to begin her own business of tarot readings. For Skye though she knows there's no psychic ability behind her strangely accurate readings, she just knows how to really read people and with a little help reading personal files when working in the office she's spot on with her "predictions". Now that high school is coming to a close though Skye finds herself desperate for money when it doesn't look like her plans of moving to New York with her best friend will ever come to pass from her readings or part time job. Before she knows it Skye finds herself pulled into what should be a harmless prank leading her to predict the whereabouts of a missing girl but Skye soon finds herself in over her head and wondering just how far things may go. The Hanging Girl is my second book I've read by Eileen Cook and just like the first it took no time at all to be deeply engaged in the story within the pages. Somehow this author has managed to pretty much lay it all out there with her stories at the very beginning but still drag a reader into the intensity of the characters and story even with thinking you know where the book will take you. But having read her before I knew that eventually I was going to go where I'd never expect and just happily went along for the ride. Skye is a bit of a girl from the wrong side of the tracks so to speak having been raised by a mother who was no more than a child herself when Skye was born. She sees herself as waiting tables with no future while all her friends will be moving on which leads her to get herself into more than she bargained for looking for that way out and a step up in life. I loved her rather sarcastic nature and quick wit and immediately became invested in finding out just what she was getting herself into. Overall, I'd definitely recommend checking this one out if a fan of young adult mystery/thrillers. It was engaging from the start and a definite page turner as the story unfolded with plenty of twists and turns to keep one guessing until the very end. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.wordpress....
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  • Nina
    January 1, 1970
    *Thanks again to the publisher for sending me an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* Candi Skye Thorn is a senior in high school and has been giving tarot readings for several years now. She doesn’t believe that she actually has psychic abilities but she knows a lot about the people at her school which helps her fake her readings. But when the town’s golden girl goes missing, she decides to help the police with her psychic visions because this time, she has some *Thanks again to the publisher for sending me an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* Candi Skye Thorn is a senior in high school and has been giving tarot readings for several years now. She doesn’t believe that she actually has psychic abilities but she knows a lot about the people at her school which helps her fake her readings. But when the town’s golden girl goes missing, she decides to help the police with her psychic visions because this time, she has some inside knowledge. Unfortunately though, things don’t go the way Skye expected them to go and suddenly the rest of her senior year is a lot more complicated than she thought it would be. ‘The Hanging Girl’ is the first one of Eileen Cook’s books I’ve read and I already know that it wasn’t the last one. I immediately fell in love with her writing style and I can’t wait to get more of it. If you’re looking for a great YA mystery thriller, this is the book you should choose. It kept me on the edge of my seat and I just flew through it because I needed to know what was going to happen next. There are several major plot twists in this book and I didn’t see any of them coming. They were very well done and actually made me gasp. Another thing I loved about this book was that it has pretty short chapters. It may sound weird but that’s actually a big plus for me. When I need to take a break for some unexpected reason, I just hate having to stop reading a book in the middle of a chapter just because I would have to read another thirty pages to get to the next one. The only thing that bothered me a little was that the characters just felt a little flat. I didn’t really feel connected with any of them, not even with Skye even though the book was written from her point of view. But this is just a minor thing and it definitely didn’t destroy my reading experience. All in all, this was a great book and I really, really enjoyed it. I decided to give it 4 out of 5 stars and I highly recommend you get yourself a copy once it comes out. I’m definitely going to get myself a copy of her other book ‘Without Malice’ now because it’s been on my tbr ever since it came out and it’s time to finally read it!
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    This was a really light read, pacey enough to keep you going till the end but without any real depth. If you read a lot of these type of books, they become easy to predict, and it means that ones like this offer no surprises. All the plot twists in the world don't matter if you couldn't care less about the people. This one definitely wasn't for me.ARC via Netgalley
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    THE HANGING GIRL BY EILEEN COOKOh my this was a captivating read and I just could not stop turning the pages to see what was going to happen next. It was a totally absorbing read that I had a difficult time on one level to guess. Eileen Cook is a talented writer who knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat. Skye Thorn and her best friend Drew are getting ready to go to college in New York City. They are in their senior year of high school and Drew announces to Skye that she is concerned ab THE HANGING GIRL BY EILEEN COOKOh my this was a captivating read and I just could not stop turning the pages to see what was going to happen next. It was a totally absorbing read that I had a difficult time on one level to guess. Eileen Cook is a talented writer who knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat. Skye Thorn and her best friend Drew are getting ready to go to college in New York City. They are in their senior year of high school and Drew announces to Skye that she is concerned about Skye not having enough money for her own apartment so Drew cancels her Dorm to help out Skye. If they both get an apartment off campus together Drew thinks that Skye will be all set. What Skye fails to mention to Drew is that she has not saved any money. Skye lies to Drew about how much money she has in the bank.The local golden girl goes missing. Her car is found at the airport by police parked in the designated long term parking area. Her name is Paige and her father is a judge. Police find some blood in the car. Skye is involved in the investigation because she is falsely claiming to be a psychic who sees visions. She has always been able to fake tarot card reading and claim she has psychic abilities outside her household. Her mother and grandmother claim to have these abilities but Skye will tell her mother to stop faking."I'd convinced myself that I wasn't really involved, that I was more like a bystander, but that wasn't completely true. I'd known this would happen when I left my answer in that book. I'd thought waiting was bad, but this was far worse."Skye is no more a psychic and she does have some inside knowledge that Paige was going to be missing. Skye doesn't know just how dangerous the people are who she is dealing with. Her involvement was for Paige not to be harmed. Skye thought this was going to help her come up with the money she doesn't have so she can go to college and leave the town she doesn't like. This was supposed to be a harmless prank and nobody was supposed to get hurt. But this harmless prank could turn deadly if Skye doesn't figure out who she is dealing with and how dangerous they are.Thank you to Net Galley, Eileen Cook and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for providing me with my digital copy for a fair and honest review.
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  • Eileen
    January 1, 1970
    It's not really fair if I review it- but after all the hours I'm glad to see it on the shelves!
  • Jessi ♡
    January 1, 1970
    SO MANY TWISTS this was so much fun
  • Lauren Stoolfire
    January 1, 1970
    I received this free eARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Skye has given tarot card readings and has had psychic visions before, but they've always come easily enough seeing as they've all been faked. Now, though, her "visions" are helping the police find Paige, the missing daughter of a prominent local judge, but this time she has insider knowledge. The kidnapping was supposed to be easy - a harmless prank - that would earn her the money she desperately needs to move to NYC after I received this free eARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Skye has given tarot card readings and has had psychic visions before, but they've always come easily enough seeing as they've all been faked. Now, though, her "visions" are helping the police find Paige, the missing daughter of a prominent local judge, but this time she has insider knowledge. The kidnapping was supposed to be easy - a harmless prank - that would earn her the money she desperately needs to move to NYC after graduation with her best friend. Things go south as Skye realizes that the people she's involved with are willing to kill to get what they want. She'll have to uncover their true identity before it's too late.The Hanging Girl is the first novel that I've had the chance to read by Eileen Cook and I'm certainly glad that this novel was my jumping in point to her work. If you love a great YA mystery thriller with an unreliable narrator, I expect you'll really appreciate this story. Let me get this out of the way first: I didn't really like any of the characters presented here. That being said, I was absolutely hooked by by this intense and twisty thriller. I didn't want to look away in case I missed the next turn because just when you think you're starting to get things sorted out - bang - something comes along and totally changes the game. Skye, our MC, isn't all that likable, but she is still a fascinating character to follow since she is pretty much a compulsive liar. If she thinks she can benefit from a lie, she's spinning stories to get what she needs. She also has a great memory for details and she's great at reading body language and facial expressions. Her mother, to put it lightly, is half out of it and very eccentric. She thoroughly believes in all sorts of spiritual types of things from reading auras to having psychic visions and she definitely doesn't set the best example for her daughter, or provide for her. To say the least, Skye has a crappy home life on top of everything else. The only bright spot in her life is Drew, her best friend, and really her only classmate who has been willing to put up with her. While I appreciated Drew's role, I wish it could have been a bit further beyond what end up getting. As much as I want to talk about some of the big twists, I won't spoil it for those of you that haven't had the opportunity to try this novel. Here's my forewarning: don't let your guard down because you've got some real doozies coming your way!Overall, The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook is a new YA mystery thriller that is a roller coaster of twists and turns. If like me you have a soft spot for unreliable narrators and are looking for a YA Gone Girl-esque read, you need to try this novel and meet Skye. I will definitely be bumping Eileen Cook's 2016 release, With Malice, up my TBR list.
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  • Manon
    January 1, 1970
    *4.25 Stars*I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I don’t want to summarize this book. You just gotta throw yourself in.I really really really liked this story. It has no morals, the characters all have major flaws… I loved them all a lot (well, almost).I read this very fast and had trouble putting it down every time I had to.I have no idea what more to say since I don’t want to say too much, so just read it and we’ll compare notes!
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  • Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)
    January 1, 1970
  • Evgenia Netrebkova
    January 1, 1970
    This is one of the most original ideas I've read in a synopsis of an YA book, in this period of non-orginal YA era. Definetly interested......
  • Maddie (Heart Full Of Books)
    January 1, 1970
    This was so full of plot twists, I got whiplash half way through. But, not only was it twisty, it was bumpy. Because the story was changing direction with speed, I never got to settle in each new revelation, so when a new one came along, I just thought 'Yep, okay.' If you love stories that you can never pin down, mysteries and general back-and-forth, this is definitely the book for you!
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  • Amy's Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    **Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of THE HANGING GIRL in exchange for my honest review**GRADE: A+++++An infinity of starsTHE HANGING GIRL just might be a perfect book. WITH MALICE, Eileen Cook's last year home run was one of my favorites of last year, so my expectations were quite high for this years book. I didn't think Cook could equal last year, I hoped THE HANGING GIRL would be good enough for 4 or 5 stars. When I received email notification I was granted the ARC, I **Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of THE HANGING GIRL in exchange for my honest review**GRADE: A+++++An infinity of starsTHE HANGING GIRL just might be a perfect book. WITH MALICE, Eileen Cook's last year home run was one of my favorites of last year, so my expectations were quite high for this years book. I didn't think Cook could equal last year, I hoped THE HANGING GIRL would be good enough for 4 or 5 stars. When I received email notification I was granted the ARC, I felt like a lottery winner. My plan was to read slowly, to stretch out the pleasure. I even forced myself to take a break. Hours later, I failed in my efforts and finished this masterpiece.Skye, a fake psychic, reads tarot cards for fun. Her mother, who believes she's psychic, couldn't read a sign if it said STOP at the end of a street. Skye hopes to save enough money to accompany her BFF Drew to college in New York City, but the odds aren't in her favor. Then Paige, one of the popular girls, is kidnapped and Skye has visions. Or does she? What starts off as a way to make some extra money for NYC, might just end up killing her.THE HANGING GIRL never stops twisting and turning or surprising. Eileen Cook doesn't just twist for the sake of throwing surprises, each OMG-I-didn't-see-that-coming felt organic and necessary. I consider myself a savvy reader, but Cook fooled me every time. Skye and honesty have a precarious relationship, but her heart is sincere and without malice (pun intended). Her prevarications stem more from self preservation than an intent to be deceitful. I didn't always agree, but understood her motivations. I liked her. A lot. Cook set the bar high last year, and even higher this year. Her use of voice and pacing made THE HANGING GIRL unputdownable. My only criticism is that I wish she could write faster, so I wouldn't have to wait until I see what she does next.My favorite pro-diversity moment is when Skye slams Chik-FilA as homophobic and lectures her mother for praising the fast food restaurant.If you like mysteries, thrillers, strong female characters, great writing, heck, if you like reading THE HANGING GIRL is a must read.
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  • Milli (MiracleMilliReads)
    January 1, 1970
    I give this book a 5+ star rating because this does not get any better than any other mystery/crime novel out there. This book had me on edge and I could not sleep without finding out who and what really happened. I read this book under 5 hours and I do not regret it all! A big bonus is that this story is told from two different perspectives and I promise you won't be confused. This story follows Candi also know as "Skye" In order to survive she puts on a "psychic" BS story that she, her mom, an I give this book a 5+ star rating because this does not get any better than any other mystery/crime novel out there. This book had me on edge and I could not sleep without finding out who and what really happened. I read this book under 5 hours and I do not regret it all! A big bonus is that this story is told from two different perspectives and I promise you won't be confused. This story follows Candi also know as "Skye" In order to survive she puts on a "psychic" BS story that she, her mom, and grand mother are card readers. She charges $10 for each reading and in her head laughs at ow people lead her to the conclusions of each reading. On the other hand, her mom believes she see's things for real but her daughter tells her to stop lying. Drew is Skye's best friend and they plan to move to New York together after graduation, but what Skye fails to tell her best friend is that she has no money saved up. The towns most popular teen and Judge's daughter, Paige, went missing after not coming home from school one afternoon.As the story progresses, things start to twist and evolve making you think that everyone is in on the crime. Kidnapping turns into something even worse and while you want to keep reading to find out more, you will be in for turn of your life. You never know what the people closest to you are capable of.https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCADH...
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  • Angela *the political bibliophile* Chen
    January 1, 1970
    Review originally posted on: http://angelachenwriting.blogspot.ca 4.5 STARSThis is going to be a review told in GIFs, reserved for the most awesome of books because GIFs are awesome. So. Okay. Can I just take a moment to congratulate Eileen Cook on writing another amazing thriller that took me to plot-twist hell again? HELL YEAH!The premise? The first chapter? The hook? The whole thing is so original and fresh I might cry :') You know, it's hard to find fresh, original, and juicy books in this p Review originally posted on: http://angelachenwriting.blogspot.ca 4.5 STARSThis is going to be a review told in GIFs, reserved for the most awesome of books because GIFs are awesome. 
So. Okay. Can I just take a moment to congratulate Eileen Cook on writing another amazing thriller that took me to plot-twist hell again? HELL YEAH!

The premise? The first chapter? The hook? The whole thing is so original and fresh I might cry :') You know, it's hard to find fresh, original, and juicy books in this period of time when YA is the big stuff. 


The main character? She trolled me. I WANT TO THROTTLE HER. In a good way ;) However, I would like to add she was also the reason for my taking off half a star—though she was smart and overall, a good protagonist, I found her a little flat at times. But that wasn't such a big issue in general.

And dem plot twist(!!!s!!!)? I did not see any of them coming! And I am usually VERY good at seeing them a mile away. But nope. Not this one. Eileen can cackle at me in her office for being almost blind. Lol.

The ending?
You will have to read it to see what I mean. Oh Eileen... you are so cruel. Heheheh!
Overall, WOULD TOTALLY RECOMMEND. So twisty. So fun. The main character was intriguing, and so were the characters around her. Everything fits well and the plot-twists weren't out of the blue and they actually made sense. Just read it! The book is gonna whip your mind and drag you to PLOT-TWIST HELL. WAHAHAHA!(Just Eileen trolling me and getting away with it) Thanks no thanks for whooping our asses with those twists ;)
Oh, and did I suggest this book to my school’s library?
***UPDATE June 11, 2017: HOLY SH*T THAT ENDING! AND DEM PLOT-TWISTS! *flails*RTC closer to release. ***If reading this was like driving, then I would get a speeding ticket. Though I'm still currently reading this, I can't stop. THAT FIRST PLOT-TWIST THO.The page number is SEARED into my mind. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. 120. I can't.I can't.I can't.I CANNNNNN'T EVEN ANYMORE!!1!!!1!!!!1!1!!!! And also, many thanks to Raincoast books for sending me a physical ARC for reviewing!
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  • Wendi Lee
    January 1, 1970
    *I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*Wow! There are so many twists in this novel, I'm not even sure I can write a coherent review without being spoiler free. So I apologize in advance for being vague, I just don't want to ruin the surprises for anyone. Skye pretends to be a psychic. She does $10 tarot card readings at school, and makes her predictions based on careful observations. When another senior girl is found missing, Skye goes to the police with *I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*Wow! There are so many twists in this novel, I'm not even sure I can write a coherent review without being spoiler free. So I apologize in advance for being vague, I just don't want to ruin the surprises for anyone. Skye pretends to be a psychic. She does $10 tarot card readings at school, and makes her predictions based on careful observations. When another senior girl is found missing, Skye goes to the police with clues about what happened to her. We find out that Skye is in desperate need of money, and being involved in the abduction was an easy way to get some. She just has to keep pretending to be a psychic, and supply the police with carefully thought-out clues. But when the kidnapping drags on, Skye realizes she has no idea what she's really signed up for. This was an amazing book. The plot is taut, the pacing on point, and the writing impeccable. There is twist after twist, and when you think you've reached the end, mystery tidily solved, you find out there's more!I rarely do this with books I review from Netgalley, but I will purchase a hardback copy of "The Hanging Girl" when it comes out. It's that good!
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  • Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
    January 1, 1970
    You can find this review and others on my blog http://www.shades0fpaper.wordpress.com "Maybe the only way to make the life I'd been wishing for a reality was to do something big. If destiny was going to try and keep me here, I was going to have to do something bold to change it." Oh, well… let's just say I'm a bit disappointed with this one. I still haven't gathered all my thoughts but I'll do my best at explaining what I enjoyed and what I didn't that much.I was beyond happy when I got an ARC You can find this review and others on my blog http://www.shades0fpaper.wordpress.com "Maybe the only way to make the life I'd been wishing for a reality was to do something big. If destiny was going to try and keep me here, I was going to have to do something bold to change it." Oh, well… let's just say I'm a bit disappointed with this one. I still haven't gathered all my thoughts but I'll do my best at explaining what I enjoyed and what I didn't that much.I was beyond happy when I got an ARC of this book, so first thank you to the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read it! The premise sounded like something I'd totally love, giving that it was a mystery (and you know how much I've been loving thrillers lately). And even though I overall had a nice time while reading the book, I have mixed feelings about it.I hadn't read Eileen's Cook other novel, but I heard pretty good things about it, so I was going into this one with very high expectations, and there were some things that actually surprised me in a very good way. "I always thought I was brave, but now I realise it was only because there was never anything I really needed to be scared of." I had a very love/hate relationship with the characters. The story was told in two POVs, mainly it was by our main character Sky, but there were a few chapters narrated by Paige. And let me tell you I loved Paige as a character. She was quite intelligent and her character has a depth I really enjoyed reading and knowing. I felt she was a very good unreliable narrator, and I cannot tell you how much I adore those types of characters. She kept surprising me more and more throughout the story.However, Sky was a character I still don't know if I like. I liked knowing about her whole story and how she tried to solve all the mystery, but there were certain decisions she made that made me want to punch her. I'm sorry, but that's true. There were some plot holes regarding the story and the characters that made me feel a bit more distance with the story. .I can tell you right now that there was no romance in the book. AT ALL. I don't usually come across this, so I was really happy to see that. Otherwise it would have probably felt a bit more forced and innecesary to me. So extra kudos to that. "It's not magic or anything. My mom says lots of people have the same skill, but they don't always realize it. They call them hunches, intuition, or lucky guesses." BUT GUYS THERE WERE A FEW PLOT TWISTS THAT I DID NOT EXPECT AND OHH THAT FELT SO GREAT. Especially at the beginning of the story where I was still getting to know everything.However, the ending felt a bit flat and predictable to me. Which is so sad because it was going great! But yeah, I felt a bit disappointed with that. Also the way it ended was just a bit weird for me??? Like I understand everything that happened but the ending I just couldn't comprehend. Nope.I recieved an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This however doesn't change my opinion about it. All thoughts are mine and mine alone.Actual rating: 3.5⭐️
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  • Deniz
    January 1, 1970
    I am not quite sure why this didn't work as well for me as I'd like, but somehow though I enjoyed reading it, I can't say it was great. This is a typical Eileen Cook book as it is suspenseful and much more than what it seems at first glance. I liked the underlying depth of this. As I read on and the twists kept coming, I loved seeing new aspects to the characters, trying to understand their actions and motives. The characters started off feeling a bit flat, but I still could relate to Skye and h I am not quite sure why this didn't work as well for me as I'd like, but somehow though I enjoyed reading it, I can't say it was great. This is a typical Eileen Cook book as it is suspenseful and much more than what it seems at first glance. I liked the underlying depth of this. As I read on and the twists kept coming, I loved seeing new aspects to the characters, trying to understand their actions and motives. The characters started off feeling a bit flat, but I still could relate to Skye and her issues. Not that I have any experiences similar to hers, still Cook managed to convey Skye's motives and feelings, that I understood her. I didn't really like any of the characters much, but I don't think this is what Cook was trying to write. These aren't likable characters, they are all flawed and some what troubled. Yet I cared for them. I wanted things to somehow work out for Skye, even though I knew she messed up big time and despite the fact she got herself into this somehow. I basically find myself having a love hate relationship with most characters. I think they are very human and yet maybe they are too bleak or too flawed to actually completely relate. Brilliantly done in relation of the story. The storyline felt a bit bumpy at times and despite me loving the idea, I never got really into it. I think this might be where my iffy feelings about the book comes from, maybe. I can't say I agree with the end in some ways, but I do think it fits with the characters and somehow, it felt right. I am sure some readers won't be okay with it however.Some twists or most I did anticipate and I totally reveled in that. I think Cook is great a throwing out mysteries and twists, murky enough to solve them just enough to keep you guessing and suspecting. Again I am not sure why I didn't enjoy this that much, it could be simply a case of mood so the classic it isn't you, it's me scenario.The Hanging Girl is dark, full of suspense and snark. Very cleverly done, yet I didn't get really into it. I can however only recommend to give it a go.
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  • Dena (Batch of Books)
    January 1, 1970
    I just finished reading With Malice by Eileen Cook a couple weeks ago, so I was already hooked on her style of writing when I heard about The Hanging Girl. She really knows how to suck me in.The Hanging Girl starts like any other contemporary YA novel -- with a girl named Skye who is just trying to figure out herself, her life, and her future. She wants to move to New York with her best friend after graduation, but doesn't have any money saved up.In a moment of desperation, she agrees to go alon I just finished reading With Malice by Eileen Cook a couple weeks ago, so I was already hooked on her style of writing when I heard about The Hanging Girl. She really knows how to suck me in.The Hanging Girl starts like any other contemporary YA novel -- with a girl named Skye who is just trying to figure out herself, her life, and her future. She wants to move to New York with her best friend after graduation, but doesn't have any money saved up.In a moment of desperation, she agrees to go along with an elaborate scheme that will get her the money she needs.But things don't go according to plan and before she knows it, she's in over her head and watching over her shoulder. The best part? Just when you think you've figured it all out, you're hit with another twist. And another one. This book keeps you guessing until the very end. I did NOT see the final twist coming, but looking back through the story, it all came together and makes sense. This book kept me on my toes and glued to the page all the way through. I couldn't stop reading. The suspense built quickly and kept me guessing, stressing, and second guessing right up until the end.Thrillers are making their mark in the YA world this year, and this is a great one. If you liked We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus, or With Malice, you'll love Eileen Cook's newest book. And it's releasing just in time for Halloween. Perfect!Cover love: I like this cover. It's creepy and the colors suggest something sinister. It looks more like something you'd see on a horror novel instead of a thriller, but it hints at darkness and mystery.Content: Lying, and a small amount of cursing (2-3 f-bombs).Source: The publisher sent me an advanced reading copy.
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  • TheYALibrarian
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Rating 2.5 StarsI was disappointed on how this book went. It felt like the plot was disorganized and too much information getting thrown at me at once. What I mean by that is how Skye went to library, pulled out a book and wrote yes to the note inside saying "Are you in?" There was no context before then so I was completely confused as to what that meant and how did Skye know to look there in the first place? Even though t ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Rating 2.5 StarsI was disappointed on how this book went. It felt like the plot was disorganized and too much information getting thrown at me at once. What I mean by that is how Skye went to library, pulled out a book and wrote yes to the note inside saying "Are you in?" There was no context before then so I was completely confused as to what that meant and how did Skye know to look there in the first place? Even though this was all explained later it really threw me. Also Pluto was another thing that just appeared. I was let be like who the hell is Pluto? Why does Skye know him/her? When did this offer to participate in Paige's kidnapping for money happen? Too many questions with no context and no answers.I appreciate twists in novels but there too many at one time hitting me like a brick wall. Pluto turns out to be Paige and then she ends up dead, Paige finds a note saying Paige's dad murdered her, but it turns it out it was Skye's mom that actually murdered her. Again so confused and going back pages to see if I missed a crucial key somehow along the way that would make these twists less jarring. Another negative point is just my own opinion. I chose to read this book because of its title and premise. I thought from the sounds of both that this would be a suspenseful, almost horror novel. Nope not even close. The details of Paige's murder are not even described. Again just me I'm a sucker for gruesome horror flicks and novels. Also the title only referred to one part in the book when Skye compared herself to the hanging man tarot card which was disappointing too.One last remark is the bizzare ending. Skye finds out the truth but yet she doesn't get angry or horrified towards her mom. She also doesn't turn her into the police. Hello that is still considered a murder that is a horrible offense to the law it doesn't matter that its her mom. Anyway another wtf moment that lead me to knocking off another star.What did give this novel stars at all was the interesting premise. A girl that uses her supposed psychic abilities to help aid police in a missing person case who also does Tarot card readings. Hell yeah I would read anything that has to do with psychics, mediums, clairvoyants, tarot cards, what have you. Also even though the twists were too crazy I always have to give credit when I did not see them coming at all and I did not expect any of them. Predictability does not take part in this book and I appreciate it. Can't say I would recommend this book there's better books out there but again my thoughts.
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  • Sandra
    January 1, 1970
    REVIEWAfter two really good paranormal shape-shifter books I felt I should have a change of genre and settled on this book. After reading With Malice also by Eileen Cook, I have high expectations for this one. I am also curious about the psychic and tarot elements mentioned in the blurb.The cover I have chosen to describe as part of my review is the one I have pictured above and it is also featured below within my Cover Compare feature. This cover has a tree as it's major feature, with a very da REVIEWAfter two really good paranormal shape-shifter books I felt I should have a change of genre and settled on this book. After reading With Malice also by Eileen Cook, I have high expectations for this one. I am also curious about the psychic and tarot elements mentioned in the blurb.The cover I have chosen to describe as part of my review is the one I have pictured above and it is also featured below within my Cover Compare feature. This cover has a tree as it's major feature, with a very dark and what may be described as a more sinister feel to the cover. Then there is a depiction of Eileen Cooks version of the "hanged man" tarot card which is nailed onto a tree. The card has the book title on it. This cover features the byline which says, "Trust No One, Deceive Everyone" at the bottom of the cover.The main character of this book, who is also my favourite character is Candi Skye Thorn, though she uses her middle name of Skye in everyday life hating her real first name Candi! Skyes lives with her mother in an apartment in an increasingly run down area. Skye isn't in the popular gang at school, in fact after the "incident" she tries to keep a low profile and generally keeps to herself. During the "incident" she was caught lying. Skye dreams of getting out of her home town. In fact Skye and best friend Drew have been planning their escape for years. their dream is to move in together, Drew will attend college and Skye will find a job. Drew doesn't need to worry about money as she has rich parents so will have their financial support throughout college. Skye's attempt to make some money is to utilise the "gift" her mother and grandmother say runs through their family of being psychic. Skye doesn't believe on the "gift" she thinks she is just very good at reading people and the tarot card meanings. Skye finds that most people project within their actions the answers they want from Skye. Skye is good at setting the scene for the mystical tarot card readings her grandma handed down to her. Her tarot cards may look they have been handed down through generation after generation but she bought them brand new from Amazon. Skye is clever and a little cunning which she believes runs in her family more than psychic abilities. When the new tarot cards arrived Skye aged them. Skye soaked each individual tarot card in a weak tea and then dried them on a low setting in the oven. The part Skye hates most about giving a reading is asking for the payment, it feels wrong, slimy but not so distasteful that Skye would do readings for free. Skye is panicking about how she is going to tell Drew that she doesn't have the money to move away with her as they had dreamed and planned to do. Would Drew forgive her? Was she destined to be stuck here in Michigan forever. Though Skye thinks she is smart she does get drawn into helping someone with a "kidnapping" scheme. Skye and the "kidnapper/s" exchange notes by placing them in a large reference book in the library. The kidnapper insists on having a code name which is Pluto. The whole reason and choice of the code name is explained within the book much better than I can, and I really do not want to reveal anything really spoilery as that would in my opinion spoil your individual enjoyment of the book.The other main character and the character we are supposed to love to hate/dislike in this book is Paige. Paige is a young woman who is used to getting her own way and being given anything she wants no expense is spared. Unfortunately the very thing Paige craves is her fathers attention, and its the very thing she doesn't have. Paige has run away before, so that's what everyone thinks she has done again when she suddenly disappears. There were many points in the book I wanted to shout at Skye to rethink the things she was about to do. When she finally caves in during a rash moment and agrees to be part of the kidnap plan! In fact a couple of my Goodreads updates explain how I felt at the time of reading the certain sections of the book dealing with the kidnapping. At around 18% so fairly early in the book was "What on earth has Skye got herself into?!" The morning after agreeing to the scheme Skye does attempt to back out of the agreement but Pluto will not allow her to and even hints that Skye could be blackmailed into going ahead with the plan!To begin with the disappearing part of kidnap plan goes ahead without a hitch. It's as tie goes on that things start to go awry. Skye soon feels like she is being watched and followed and at a later section of the book she feels her own life and even that of her mother may be in serious danger! Which is when I make my second update comment on Goodreads which was at 75% my comment was "Wow what a mess, what a twist"! I have read two books written by Eileen Cook this one and With Malice, I truly adore Eileen Cook's writing style. As you read and become more invested in the characters of the book you feel submerged into their lives and problems. I seriously wanted to grab hold of Skye and shake her whilst asking why she ever agreed to being part of the kidnapping scheme. Then as you read more of the book Eileen reveals Skye's motivation for being involved. I guess some people will view Paige's character as an attention seeking, spoilt child but Eileen then shows us, the reader, why Paige feels as she does. In fact you begin not really liking Paige to feeling sorry for her and wishing you could just hug her. One thing the girls have in common is wanting something they don't have and having somewhat distant relationships with their parents. With Skye she has no father on the scene at all, and she views her mother as a charlatan psychic who she has little in common with and who she doesn't find easy to talk to. By the end of the book Skye's opinion does change towards her mother and Skye grows into a more mature character herself accepting who she is and where she comes from. I really loved this book I felt pulled into the action early and held there to the very end. The tension builds and then just when you think you have sorted out everything in your own mind, Eileen Cook delivers another twist. There were certainly at least a couple of twists in the latter part of the book that I didn't see coming! I will certainly be checking out other titles by Eileen Cook and recommending her books to others.My immediate thoughts upon finishing this book, that was my last Goodreads entry was "Once again Eileen Cook gives plenty of suspense, tension building and keeps you guessing to the very end with lots of twists and turns along the way".
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  • Ellyn
    January 1, 1970
    Fans of April Henry will like this mystery novel. The author creates a fast-paced, engaging story of a young girl gone missing. We know ahead of time that Skye is a participant in a larger abduction plan aimed at getting a ransom, and that things go wrong when Paige turns up dead. I would have said that knowing this would make the plot far too predictable, but Cook throws in enough twists to keep the book engaging.I found that Skye was a bit flat at times. I would have liked to see more emotiona Fans of April Henry will like this mystery novel. The author creates a fast-paced, engaging story of a young girl gone missing. We know ahead of time that Skye is a participant in a larger abduction plan aimed at getting a ransom, and that things go wrong when Paige turns up dead. I would have said that knowing this would make the plot far too predictable, but Cook throws in enough twists to keep the book engaging.I found that Skye was a bit flat at times. I would have liked to see more emotional depth from her as events unfold around her. It seems like twists happen so fast at one point that she goes emotionally numb, but I think this also allows Cook to maintain the pacing of the novel. It's also probably a pretty realistic portrayal of what an 18-year-old girl from a small town would do if she found herself in this situation. Overall, this is definitely suitable for the younger readers in the Young Adult crowd (very little violence depicted--the actual murder happens out of sight--and pretty clean language), while still being a fun read for an older group. I'm looking forward to recommending this when the book is published. Special thanks to HMH Books for Young Readers for the ARC.
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  • Kelly Hager
    January 1, 1970
    Skye has a semi-lucrative business going at school. For $10 a pop, she will use her psychic ability and Tarot deck to tell your future. (Yes, she's a fake.) This would all be fine except she gets involved after a popular girl goes missing---and it turns out she was kidnapped. Skye gives the police some key details that turn out to be correct. Except she's still not psychic. She knows because she's involved. I couldn't stop reading this book! It's so clever and intricately done. Every time I thou Skye has a semi-lucrative business going at school. For $10 a pop, she will use her psychic ability and Tarot deck to tell your future. (Yes, she's a fake.) This would all be fine except she gets involved after a popular girl goes missing---and it turns out she was kidnapped. Skye gives the police some key details that turn out to be correct. Except she's still not psychic. She knows because she's involved. I couldn't stop reading this book! It's so clever and intricately done. Every time I thought I knew what would happen, I was proven wrong. It's a completely stunning novel, one that I hope everyone will read and discuss. If you don't love Eileen Cook already, (a) examine your reading choices and (b) this book will change that. Highly recommended!
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  • Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}
    January 1, 1970
    Maybe 3.5 maybe 4 haven't decided
  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    With Malice was one of my favorite books last year, and Cook did not disappoint with The Hanging Girl! Full of twists, turns and tarot cards! I almost wish I wasn't on a low carb diet, because this is a total popcorn munching thriller.
  • Cassi
    January 1, 1970
    I loved With Malice the author's last thriller and so I was so excited to read her next book. And I definitely was not disappointed by this book. It was a really good read with an atmospheric setting with a good mystery and complex characters.One of the things that I liked most about this book was the setting. For one thing The Hanging Girl has a small town setting, something that I love when it comes to mysteries. It's the kind of location that lends it self well to a mystery because everyone k I loved With Malice the author's last thriller and so I was so excited to read her next book. And I definitely was not disappointed by this book. It was a really good read with an atmospheric setting with a good mystery and complex characters.One of the things that I liked most about this book was the setting. For one thing The Hanging Girl has a small town setting, something that I love when it comes to mysteries. It's the kind of location that lends it self well to a mystery because everyone knows everyone and is in their business. Plus it had this really great subtle fantasy feel to it that made it the perfect read for fall. There was no real magic here but there was enough atmosphere to give the book the perfect amount of mystery and wonder. I really enjoyed that.But the best part for me was the plot development and mystery. I am such a plot driven reader and I really need a strongly engaging plot to keep me engaged and I definitely found that here. I would say that they book and the mystery was split into three sections. In the end of each third there is a twist, the first one which caught me completely off guard. That's right, a third of the way in there is a fantastic plot twist. It might seem from the outset that the book reveals things too quickly, and I would be the first person to say that, but it doesn't get in the way of enjoying the book. In fact it has the opposite effect and made want to keep reading. It made for an incredibly engrossing read that had me wanting to find out what the twists were going to lead two. I did however find the final twist a little bit obvious but I still really enjoyed it. Eileen Cook is really good at throwing her readers for a loop and she definitely did that here. I also enjoyed the characters here. I feel like Cook does a fantastic job of writing characters that are complex and odious. So many of these characters are doing terrible things for the right reason, or maybe for the wrong reason, but they are still incredibly sympathetic. There are some really terrible characters in this book but I still found my self rooting for them. But the person I rooted for the most was of course Skye. She is one of those characters who wanted to get out of her small town and do more with her life but wasn't sure how to do that. I really identified with her and her struggle in that way. When things went badly for here I was nervous for what that would mean and when things went well I was really happy for her. Cook succeeded in developing characters who were sympathetic in spite of, or maybe because of their mistakes and the mistakes of people around them.The Hanging Girl is a really fast read. It's only about 320 and because of how engrossing the mystery is I flew through it. I didn't expect to finish it as quickly as I did. With everything that is going on with my life I thought I would have to spend the weekend reading it but I really could not put it down. I finished the book in a few days. Now I do think that maybe that is the book is a little bit more simple than I expected. I didn't find the ending a bit rushed. It seemed like there wasn't really enough attention spent on the big finish and with a book that had great twists throughout I expected the ending to hit just as hard and it didn't. But on the whole that didn't impact my feelings of the book.The Hanging Girl is a fantastic book with a atmospheric small town setting, a plot full of twists and mystery, and complex and sympathetic characters. It was the perfect fall read for fans of thrillers or anyone looking for a good YA mystery.
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  • Allanna
    January 1, 1970
    First of all, I want to say a huge thank you to the publishers for letting me read The Hanging Girl in advance for an honest review. This review may not be entirely spoiler free, so proceed with caution.The whole time I was reading The Hanging Girl, I was getting Gone Girl vibes. To me, this is the YA version of Gone Girl. This book kept me guessing the whole time and I think that’s one of the best things about it. I was second guessing myself and the entire time I was reading, I was trying to w First of all, I want to say a huge thank you to the publishers for letting me read The Hanging Girl in advance for an honest review. This review may not be entirely spoiler free, so proceed with caution.The whole time I was reading The Hanging Girl, I was getting Gone Girl vibes. To me, this is the YA version of Gone Girl. This book kept me guessing the whole time and I think that’s one of the best things about it. I was second guessing myself and the entire time I was reading, I was trying to work out what the hell was going on. Strangely, a few of my earliest guesses turned out to be right (partly, anyway), but I’d brushed them off pretty quickly, already onto the next guess. Every character was intriguing in their own way, although not necessarily likable (which isn’t always a bad thing and I think in this case it really worked with the storyline). Early into the book I was slightly worried that there was going to be too many characters and each one would be a possible suspect and it would just be an overwhelming read where I couldn’t really distinguish between any of the characters. Luckily, this wasn’t the case at all. One thing I wish was different about the book, is that I wish there had been more chapters from Paige’s point of view. Obviously, given what happens to Paige, this would have been difficult later on in the book - and even more difficult early on, so as not to reveal too much - but I did wish that after we learned of Paige’s fate, we could’ve seen more from her perspective.I couldn’t always understand the motivation for the characters to do what they did. It seemed a little far fetched, that they’d go to such lengths for so - seemingly - little gain. As the book went on and more was revealed, I will say that I think it made more sense. At first, I struggled with the ending, but the more I thought about it, the more it made sense to me that it played out this way. It may not have been the right thing, but it did seem realistic. I was not a fan of the epilogue. I had hoped for more for Skye than this, but it was only a brief look into her new life. I would have preferred to have read it from her perspective and read her explanation, but overall, I was mostly satisfied with how the story was wrapped up. I really enjoyed The Hanging Girl and will be looking into Eileen Cook’s other books and looking forward to any future releases. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading, but it definitely surpassed my expectations. I didn’t even notice that I was enjoying the book as much as I was until I was about a third of the way in and realised I hadn’t put the book down once. I read The Hanging Girl over an incredibly busy two day period, but even while I wasn’t reading, I was thinking about the book and trying to figure it out.
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  • Stephanie Ward
    January 1, 1970
    I'm a huge fan of thrillers and mysteries, so I was immediately intrigued by the description of this book. I've read the author before and really enjoyed her work, so I had pretty high hopes going in. I have to say that it lived up to any expectations I may have had and actually turned out to be a real roller coaster ride. Even though I really liked this book and all of the aspects involved, there's just something about it that didn't blow me away. It's why I'm not giving it a five star rating - I'm a huge fan of thrillers and mysteries, so I was immediately intrigued by the description of this book. I've read the author before and really enjoyed her work, so I had pretty high hopes going in. I have to say that it lived up to any expectations I may have had and actually turned out to be a real roller coaster ride. Even though I really liked this book and all of the aspects involved, there's just something about it that didn't blow me away. It's why I'm not giving it a five star rating - but I can't put my finger on what was missing or why. I know it sounds weird - I really liked everything about the story, but that extra something was missing for me. This is completely my own opinion and has nothing to do with the book itself. I just wanted to make a note of it early on, in case anyone wonders why I write a glowing review and then not give a higher rating.The most notable things for me about the novel were the plot and the writing style. The story line was full of twists and turns that you didn't see coming and the author keeps you on your toes the entire time. I've read a ton of thrillers, and it's not easy to surprise me anymore, but there were some parts in this book that threw me for a loop. The plot itself was easy to follow along once you got the general idea of what was happening - but then things start to go wrong and ravel out of control, and it all goes to hell. I think the writing style complemented the plot perfectly - the majority of the story is told from Skye's point of view, with a few chapters from Paige's perspective thrown in. This only made things more curious and fascinating for me - especially Paige's part. You'll understand if you read the book. I loved getting to know Skye throughout the novel. She's easy to identify with and I connected with her early on. The author made it seem so natural for things to happen the way they did with Skye - things just keep snowballing and she doesn't quite know what to do, and then it's all gone too far and she's in way too deep. The secondary characters seemed pretty two dimensional and kind of stereotypical, but that didn't really bother me since the main part of the story wasn't about them at all. I really enjoyed this book and definitely recommend it for fans of YA mysteries, thrillers, suspense, and contemporary fiction.Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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