The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook

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.

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Skye Thorn is a liar, and a fake. Convincing her classmates that she can see the future through her tarot cards, she makes a fair profit off their gullibility. And if Skye is to move to New York with her best friend like she promised, profit is paramount.

So when the opportunity arises to make some serious money Skye grabs it, but it quickly becomes clear to her that she is in way over her head. A girl is missing, and questions are being asked. Can Skye come up with the answers?

**

I’m a sucker for a good YA thriller, and the title and cover art for this one sucked me right in. It is a pacey read, filled with tension, and Skye makes for a relatable protagonist as a teenager swept up in making all the wrong decisions for what she thinks are the right reasons. The writing style is punchy and enjoyable, and the plot does a good job of keeping you engaged as the mystery unfolds.

Some of the twists were not as shocking as they might have been, but that may be because I read/watch far too many thrillers, and there are only so many ideas in the world, however I enjoyed this read enough that I will check out some of this author’s other works.

I must say though that the ending to this book left me with a similar feeling to when I reached the end of Gone Girl. For the sake of keeping this review spoiler free I won’t elaborate too far, but suffice to say I was surprised and a little disappointed with some of the character’s decisions, but I do have respect for an ending that doesn’t always give you what you want.

Fate and destiny might be what you make of them. And what you’re willing to live with.

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