I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on October 3rd 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller
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.
As soon as I started reading The Hanging Girl, I was hooked. Skye Thorn is such a wonderfully morally gray protagonist. The reader is never sure whether or not to trust her as a narrator, particularly as Skye’s secrets are slowly revealed throughout the book, revealing her as a liar and manipulator. However, I couldn’t help but feel empathy toward her as the circumstances surrounding her decisions were revealed. I liked her character development in this book, I felt as if it was nuanced and realistic. Plus that ending was absolute perfection.
The Hanging Girl is full of twists and turns that will keep you engaged, intrigued, and constantly reevaluating what you think you know. I can’t say too much without ruining some amazing plot twists but I loved how the mystery unfolded. Even though I was able to figure out some of the kidnapper’s plan at the beginning, I still enjoyed seeing how everything fell apart and how the game changed (after which I was able to guess almost nothing correctly). Additionally, most of the secondary characters were hiding secrets of their own. It was interesting to see how the repercussions of those secrets played out.
If you’re looking for an entertaining YA mystery thriller that will keep you guessing, definitely pick this one up. I know that I’ll be reading some of Eileen Cook’s other thrillers soon, I’m intrigued to see how they compare to this one.