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The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook | ARC Review

Title: The Hanging Girl

Author: Eileen Cook

Series: N/A

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery/Thrillers

Publisher: HMH Teen

Publication date: October 3rd, 2017

Pages: 320

My rating: IMG_0197

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. 

"Maybe the only way to make the life I'd been wishing for a reality was to do something big. If destiny was going to try and keep me here, I was going to have to do something bold to change it."

 Oh, well… let's just say I'm a bit disappointed with this one. I still haven't gathered all my thoughts but I'll do my best at explaining what I enjoyed and what I didn't that much.

I was beyond happy when I got an ARC of this book, so first thank you to the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read it! The premise sounded like something I'd totally love, giving that it was a mystery (and you know how much I've been loving thrillers lately). And even though I overall had a nice time while reading the book, I have mixed feelings about it.

I hadn't read Eileen's Cook other novel, but I heard pretty good things about it, so I was going into this one with very high expectations, and there were some things that actually surprised me in a very good way.

"I always thought I was brave, but now I realise it was only because there was never anything I really needed to be scared of."

 I had a very love/hate relationship with the characters. The story was told in two POVs, mainly it was by our main character Sky, but there were a few chapters narrated by Paige. And let me tell you I loved Paige as a character. She was quite intelligent and her character has a depth I really enjoyed reading and knowing. I felt she was a very good unreliable narrator, and I cannot tell you how much I adore those types of characters. She kept surprising me more and more throughout the story.

However, Sky was a character I still don't know if I like. I liked knowing about her whole story and how she tried to solve all the mystery, but there were certain decisions she made that made me want to punch her. I'm sorry, but that's true. There were some plot holes regarding the story and the characters that made me feel a bit more distance with the story. .

I can tell you right now that there was no romance in the book. AT ALL. I don't usually come across this, so I was really happy to see that. Otherwise it would have probably felt a bit more forced and innecesary to me. So extra kudos to that.

"It's not magic or anything. My mom says lots of people have the same skill, but they don't always realize it. They call them hunches, intuition, or lucky guesses."

BUT GUYS THERE WERE A FEW PLOT TWISTS THAT I DID NOT EXPECT AND OHH THAT FELT SO GREAT. Especially at the beginning of the story where I was still getting to know everything.

However, the ending felt a bit flat and predictable to me. Which is so sad because it was going great! But yeah, I felt a bit disappointed with that. Also the way it ended was just a bit weird for me??? Like I understand everything that happened but the ending I just couldn't comprehend. Nope.

I recieved an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This however doesn't change my opinion about it. All thoughts are mine and mine alone.


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5 thoughts on “The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook | ARC Review”

  1. Awesome review! I totally understand “meh” kinds of books where you liked some parts but didn’t like others which seems to be the case here! I can’t stand characters making stupid decisions so I’ll have to be on the look out with Sky and maybe I’ll go in with some lower expectations since the ending seems to be a bit of a let down.
    However, I’m happy to hear there wasn’t any romance and that there were still some plot twists that surprised you! 🙂

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    1. Yes! I think I’ll be reading it again when it comes out, because I read it really fast for the BookTubeAThon and maybe that wasn’t the best (?). I’d love to see if anything changes!
      Yes, sometimes you need to get away a bit from romance, so that was a really nice thing to see.😊


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