The Hanging Girl

Author: Eileen Cook
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Format: eARC
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release Date: October 3, 2017
Pages: 320 (HC)

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Goodreads Synopsis: 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.


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I first picked up this book because I thought it pertained to the supernatural, or having elements of it, which sounded great given the month we’re in. It did a good job at tricking me in that first chapter, but then I quickly realized it didn’t have much to do with any of that. Not that it wasn’t a nice surprise, because it then quickly turned into a mystery/thriller novel that I had a lot of good to say about, just not what I was hoping for.

Though I was expecting some eerie and spine chilling moments, what came from this novel was a pretty decent mystery that left me doubting my assumptions often. There were a few things that left me a little irked, such as how easy her psychic connections were accepted by those around her, or the way the ending turned out (if only for a little, as some of that changed when I recapped on all that happened).

It’s one of those books where one lie splinters into many, snowballing in a rapid pace almost without stop. It’s only made more of an anxiety driven read with Skye taking the lead in most of it, almost losing her cool in every other situation she’s placed in. The reader is then shown that she can often con other’s through their emotions and mannerisms, but even so has enough of a heart and guilt to show remorse and agitation as the story progresses.

But, if one thought they had her character figured out, they’re proven wrong when drastic decisions are made nearing the end of the book. I understood why it turned out the way it did, but I wasn’t very happy with things instantly changing after everything, knowing things escalate into bad situations quickly when shady intent is involved. It’s one of the reasons I began rating it lower, but it’s also why I rated it a little higher; a plot twist I didn’t quite expect, along with it being a pretty decent thriller.

***I received this copy from HMH Books for Young Readers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.***



  1. Cali W.

    October 15, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    This looks like a good Halloween read. 🙂

    1. Jen

      October 18, 2017 at 2:33 am

      Wish it was more spookier, but still a good mystery 🙂

  2. Karen Blue

    October 15, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    This book sounds really interesting (okay just from looking at the cover, cuz that is how i judge books). Sorry to hear that it wasn’t more supernatural, but glad to hear you ended up enjoying it.

    1. Jen

      October 18, 2017 at 2:34 am

      That’s definitely what first caught my attention, that cover! And, yes even though it didn’t involve much of that, I still really enjoyed it 🙂

  3. Darque Dreamer

    October 18, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    Great review! Sounds like an interesting thriller. I think I keep getting this one and Hollow Girl mixed up, lol.

    1. Jen

      October 31, 2017 at 1:19 am

      Oooh, looked up the Hollow Girl one and sounds really good. Gonna have to add that to my TBR lol.

  4. Dawn Webb

    October 19, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Love a good spooky mystery!!! Looking forward to reading this!

  5. Michelle

    October 26, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    I just started this and I’m really excited to get into the mystery!! I love YA Mystery/Thrillers when they’re done right. I’m glad to hear you say you enjoyed it even though it wasn’t the supernatural book you were hoping for. Have you read Eileen Cook’s last book, With Malice?? It was really good too!

    1. Jen

      October 31, 2017 at 1:23 am

      Yes, definitely agree with you on that one and haven’t heart of Malice, but I’m for sure checking it out… possibly adding on my ever-growing TBR list lol. Thanks for the suggestion 🙂

  6. Reese

    December 12, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    I hadn’t heard about this book, but it looks like it could be interesting (and it’s so nice not going in blind, vecause with your review I can adjust my expectations so I can go in prepared and judge it more fairly, I think!!)


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