The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook is the a YA Mystery where a prank becomes a hunt for a missing 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.“
This book was a lot more surprised me in a few spots. For one, I didn’t expect the subtle magical elements to be a part of the story. Secondly, I did NOT expect that ending.
The mystery integrated into the plot added that extra oomph to the story that I really enjoyed. There were moments towards the end that I really had no clue who really did it. And there were no clues throughout the book to who actually did the big scandal. I also really liked how the plot was given to us in sections instead of a big plot dump in one spot and half the story just a run-around of accusations.
The main character definitely surprised me. Without really remembering much of the synopsis prior to reading, I did not expect the character’s actions to be sketchy. I liked reading from a perspective of more of the “bad guy” instead of a story driven to stop the bad guys. The plot was really unique in that way.
I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. I found myself to really enjoy the entire book. I wouldn’t say that there were any particular slow chapters since the plot thickens throughout the entire story. I definitely recommend this book for those who want a surprising thriller with a even more surprising ending!
Published: 3 October 2017
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult Mystery / Thriller
How I Read It: eArc from NetGalley
*Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Nothing in my reviews have been influenced in any way.*
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