Monday, October 2, 2017

Book Review: The Hanging Girl, by Eileen Cook

The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook, book cover and review
The Hanging Girl keeps you on your toes as surprising twists occur several times throughout the story.

I'm struggling with what to tell you about the plot. Even the blurb tells a little bit too much, I think.  Skye has promised her best friend, Drew, that she will move to New York with her after they graduate.  But Skye doesn't have the money. And she's afraid to tell Drew.  So she needs money.

She's a pretend psychic.  She reads tarot cards for the kids at school and they believe her because she seems to know all about them.  Skye has ways of finding things out, and she's also very observant.

When a popular girl turns up missing, it's Skye's psychic visions that are helping the police.  But how does Skye know this stuff?

The Hanging Girl is a short, quick read that keeps the action moving.  It would be great for reluctant and/or low-level readers.  The writing is very simple.  Subject/verb simply constructed sentences.  It is almost rhymic at times, with many short choppy sentences in a row.  While that kind of annoyed me, I think it would be good for younger teens or those with reading difficulties.

Not that this matters, but I'm not sure where the title came from.  There isn't a "Hanging Girl" in the book. While a bit far-fetched at times, The Hanging Girl is exciting and twisted.  Just what some teens are looking for.

Published by HMH BFYR, October 3, 2017
eARC obtained from Edelweiss
320 pages

Rating: 3/5

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  1. I was on the fence on ordering this one for my library. While the cover may have an appeal, I'm not sure how well the psychic angle will pan out.

  2. Having low-level high-interest books is so important and this sounds like it would be a good one for that set of students


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