Skye Thorn has a simple goal: to get out of her small rural hometown in Michigan. Skye will do whatever it takes to move with her best friend, Drew, to New York. But Skye has no money barely scrapping by on her burger place job and giving fake tarot card readings to her classmates. Then Skye receives an offer, a dangerous and too good to be true offer. All she has to do is help the investigation of perfect golden girl Paige. But the deeper Skye gets into the investigation the more she understands she can’t trust anyone.
I have a big fan of Eileen Cook’s since 2013’s “Unravelling Isobel” but I was slightly disappointed by “The Hanging Girl”. Cook’s books usually grab me from page one with their strong characters but the characters in “The Hanging Gil” felt lacking. They never felt real with each one being more unlikable then the next and Skye being the worse. At no point in the story did feel like she underwent any kind of journey or experience any real growth. Plus, she actually gets more unlikable as the book progresses making it almost impossible for me to care if she accomplished her dreams or not. Then there was the mystery was both a bit obvious and a bit convoluted. The plot is very twisty with a lot plot turns but none were really surprising. However, all the twists and turns did make an average length book feel long.
Bottomline: “The Hanging Girl” may appeal to some mystery fans but other readers may want to look elsewhere.
Final Rating: 2.5 out of 5
I received an eARC of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.