Looking for a suspenseful, mysterious, keep-you-guessing-until-the-last-page young adult novel? Look no further!

Title: The Hanging Girl
Author: Eileen Cook
Rating: 9
Source: Raincoast Books for review

Description from Goodreads:

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.

What I Thought:

This engaging thriller has more twists in it than a bag of pretzels. But it doesn’t feel contrived.

I’ve had a hard time connecting with the protagonists from the last few books that I’d read, but I clicked instantly with Skye. She’s messed up, for sure, and she lies for money, but she is relatable and down to earth despite everything that she is and everything that happens. You feel sorry for her and her situation, and once more things come out into the open later on in the story I don’t even blame her for what goes on.

The other characters are interesting, especially the police officers that we meet. I love that there are some people that believe in Skye’s powers and others who obviously think it is a load of hooey.

I sat down and read this in one sitting, so I can definitely vouch for the pacing! I got sucked into the story almost instantly. It will keep you guessing right up until the very end! And of course without revealing too much, I just want to say TRUST NO ONE.

I don’t usually read YA thrillers but I have to say that the two I’ve read from Eileen Cook have been fantastic (check out my review of WITH MALICE for more from her).


Here’s an awesome question answered by Eileen Cook:

I asked: If Skye could choose to live in any other book, what book would she pick?

Eileen Cook said: My first response was to scream out HARRY POTTER, but then I realized that was the book I wanted to be inside. Then I started to think of all the other book worlds I wanted to visit—I could make a list miles long and that’s without thinking of all the book boyfriends I’d like to meet.

Skye might pick something like The Great Gatsby with its themes of starting life over, reaching for your dreams, and the power of redemption. Not to mention all the swanky outfits and high society New York City. I can also see her loving something totally fun and goofy—like Bridget Jones’ Diary. Skye has a great sense of humor—even if things in her life aren’t very funny in her book.