The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook

Having a cold is the worst, but having a cold when it’s warm out and – now – a fire pretty close…that is the very worst. But a little bit of tea, a little bit of soup, and a lot of bit of DayQuil and Alka-Seltzer…I’ll be okay. For today, though, I have a book that I read awhile ago and couldn’t sit on any longer.


Title: The Hanging Girl {320 pgs.}

Genre: Mystery YA

Publication Date: October 3, 2017


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.

I wanted to wait to read this book until it was closer to Halloween, because this feels like a very fall kind of book, but on one of the hottest days of the summer, I was pulling out my laptop and reading furiously. This was obviously not a book that wanted to wait.

Poor Skye. It’s hard being the daughter of the town psychic. Her mother has given readings and predictions to bored housewives for years, but Skye wants more than that. She wants to move out of her ridiculous little town and into New York, where she can live with her best friend, reinvent herself, and…well, the rest will come to her when she gets there. But Skye’s biggest problem is how to get there: New York costs money, and the Thorn’s are not exactly rolling in it. Even with multiple jobs and giving tarot card readings, Skye never seems to have enough money, mainly because her own mother’s salary doesn’t cover the bills that are due NOW. What’s a fake psychic to do?

When the prettiest, most popular girl in town goes missing, and Skye begins having strange visions, this seems like the opportunity she’s been looking for to make some extra cash. But how far is she willing to go to make her dreams come true?

This book was serious fun. It becomes pretty obvious early on that Skye knows more than she’s telling people, but the twist from there is a RIDE. Skye is smart, but she gets dragged into something she’s not really ready for, and someone smarter than her uses Skye as a puppet. Skye has to keep her life from falling apart if she wants to get through this, but it’s difficult when she’s trying to keep the truth and her bucketful of lies separate. When something goes definitely not according to plan, Skye has to scramble to figure out how she’s going to save herself and those around her.

The mystery of the book was the best part, but the little jumps and scares made it all that more interesting. I loved watching Skye peek around every corner, because I felt like I was doing the same. I was always expecting the worst to come, and even when it did, I was not prepared. Eileen Cook’s writing made sure that I was always on edge, always ready for the next twist, but when it comes, you weren’t expecting it. That’s honestly the best way I can describe the mystery of this book. You’re preparing yourself, and then it’s there, and you realize you were preparing for the wrong thing.

It’s the end of September, which means October {aka, the best month of the year, right behind April} is right around the corner. It’s time for horror movies and scary books and haunted mazes. It’s time to be scared. The Hanging Girl is the perfect pick for the beginning of October: a mystery with little jump scares that will get your heart going and your mind racing.

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