The Hanging Girl, Eileen Cook: Book Review

Lesson learned: trust no one. Ever.

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The Hanging Girl Book Cover The Hanging Girl
Eileen Cook
Young Adult
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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.

*Special thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for allowing us to read Eileen Cook’s The Hanging Girl.

Eileen Cook has done it again with a new thriller that will keep you up all hours of the night. This is perfect for people who miss Halloween and want the next best young adult thriller.

Skye Thorn has a special gift and that is to read tarot cards accurately. And her psychic abilities are paying off because the local police have asked her to help out with a missing girl investigation. The town is on high alert because the missing girl is Paige Bonnet, the golden girl. Paige Bonnet’s kidnapping made the town go crazy for the answers. And all Skye wanted to do was to live this small town and start a new life somewhere else. But she could not do that just yet.

Skye thought the kidnapping of Paige would be an easy task, and Skye would be able to walk away with the money she received from helping out. But this prank has turned deadly and people got hurt. Skye is now understanding that the people she made the deal with are more dangerous than she anticipated. These people are willing to do or kill anyone that they want. So now Skye has to figure out who these people are and be willing to go through risky situations to reveal their identities before it is too late.

I loved every twist and turn of this book. This storyline was something that I have not read before. I also liked the central theme Cook had for the novel: “Trust no one. Deceive everyone.” I was intrigued by the use of the tarot cards and how it would play out with the missing girl. Cook does an excellent job of making Skye the quiet hero of the novel. She first helps with the kidnapping of Paige but then realizes that it was not such a great idea. Then her whole mission is to figure out how to fix her mistakes and save the town from the mysterious gang. Skye also was a strong character in the narrative because I was able to relate to her pretty quickly. After she discovers how badly things turned out, I was able to see the good side of Skye. Skye has a good heart even though she made a bad decision. I rooted for Skye throughout the whole novel. The ending is very satisfying, and readers will not be disappointed with how Cook wrapped it all up.

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Jessica Duffield
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