The Hanging Girl by Eileen CookThe Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook

The Hanging Girl

byEileen Cook

Hardcover | October 3, 2017

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Trust no one. The Hanging Girl is a nail-biter littered and lined with twists that will leave you gasping." - Teresa Toten, author of Beware That Girl and The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B

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.


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Eileen Cook is a multi-published author with her novels appearing in eight different languages. She spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer. Eileen lives in Vancouver with her husband and one very naughty dog and no longer wishes to be anyone or anywhere else. ...
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Title:The Hanging GirlFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.08 inPublished:October 3, 2017Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0544829824

ISBN - 13:9780544829824

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not bad I'm not usually a fan of thrillers, but this wasn't too bad. The author writes well, although I found she rushed the ending. Surprising twist at the end!
Date published: 2018-05-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great YA crime On a bit of a YA tear lately, well two books in two weeks… all of last year I think I only read two YA books. I'm trying to broaden my dark genre-fiction spectrum. This book came to me via a publicist and I hadn’t so much as read the synopsis before diving in. Immediately, I thought of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, but set to medium and based around high school girls. Simple enough leap. There were a handful of underlying messages about social caste and governmental entities that drew the world into the here and now more than just a burger joint or the name of a pop star might. The protagonist is a hapless lower-middle classer in need of cash and willing to do something not so wise to get it. Enter the dilemma, which leads to action and then reaction. This story is about as twisty a three hundred page story as I’ve ever read. It bounces in a way that makes sense, all streaming back to the first point that set the wheel in motion. I like that. It’s a sign of a competent author. Eileen Cook is an impressive storyteller. By page one-sixty or so, the Gone Girl vibe is pretty well erased and there’s not much time for any vibe. This tale absolutely hums, terrific pacing for a thriller, and whenever I felt like I’d mastered the mystery, a red herring sent my head askew. I mean I’d guessed it early, but by the end, I hadn’t thought that way for more than one hundred pages. Once creeping to the conclusion, I begged the depleting pages for a false ending as the ribbon just fit too damned well, thinking Oh come on, Eileen, give me somethi— Well hello. The Hanging Girl is hanging anew and I'm happy because the real world isn't easy, nor should finales be easy. It wasn't a perfect book, I was a little bored at times during the first fifty or so pages, as many of the characters felt a little too similar, but that ceased to matter once the paced kicked in. By the second half, I was all in for the ride. A few things seemed a bit convenient, but the story didn’t pay much of a price for them; convenience assisting pacing. I enjoyed The Hanging Girl; the climax is thrilling, engaging, and lightning fast, the style is reliable, and overall, the flaws are limited.
Date published: 2018-03-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from :) this book sounds really good. cant wait to sit down with a cup of tea and read it
Date published: 2018-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An entertaining read. Happy Release Day to Eileen Cook on the publication of The Hanging Girl. Marketed for young readers, I think it fit the bill nicely. The cover was the first thing I noticed when this popped up on Netgally, and I can't really put into words why - it's eerie and begs to be picked up and read. 'trust no one. deceive everyone.' - matches the story perfectly! As you can read from the synopsis above the premise for this story is intriguing, with false tarot cards, a kidnapping prank along with Skye's inside info, but then everything starts to go terribly wrong. As I dug deeper realized there are many layers here and secrets of the past always come to light one way or another. Once I started reading it didn't take long to be sucked right in, especially getting to know Skye, she is honest in her untruthfulness and one can't help feel sympathy towards her (though at times she is hard to even like), she has a hard life and it appears will do anything to change that and get out of this small town. There were many twists and turns to the story that kept me guessing and just when I thought I figured things out there would be another flip. The ending I didn't see coming and I love it when an author does that. This is my first book by Eileen Cook and I am anxious to read more.
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Suspenseful! This book had me hooked from the start, I stayed up until 3:30am to finish reading it. No regrets. This books is suspenseful, intriguing and well written. I found myself constantly asking if I could truly trust our MC Skye due to her past but I couldn't help feel connected to her. I don't really want to write too much for fear of spoiling any of the twists but great and engaging read.
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thoughtful and Full of Suspense Eileen Cook's last thriller, With Malice, had me at the edge of my seat and now I can say another one of her book had me flipping page after page. The Hanging Girl was every bit fearful and thrilling as the tag line on the cover suggests. The Hanging Girl had a two-part mystery that'll keep you guessing chapter after chapter. The beginning was a little slow but just when I thought my interest was waning a spoiler-y revelation had my eyes going wide. Don't believe in everything you read because they'll lull you into a false sense of trust. The first reveal was totally worth the slow build up. I honestly never suspected... I really have to applaud Ms. Cook for setting the mood of the book. It was a perfect blend of curiosity, frenzy and unease. As I got closer to the final pages, my heart was hammering away in my chest. Even knowing a final reveal was coming the suspense never let up. I needed to know if my predictions were right. Skye is an unreliable narrator in the sense that because of a past mistake she doubts herself from time to time too. I wasn't Skye's biggest fan but I could sympathize with her precarious position throughout the book and her drive to set things right before they got out of hand. I'm not entirely sure how I feel about her final choice but I am happy to see her come to a decision. All on her own. It was what she needed to start fresh. The clues that had her connecting the dots were fun as I followed along. The last one especially was clever. I didn't love the misdirection thrown in but thinking back they were solid leads and in reality made sense to follow up on. While the second twist was a little obvious given certain developments I was still surprised by the way the story ended. Not what I imagined... But then again Eileen Cook always gives us a real treat with her stories.
Date published: 2017-10-05

Editorial Reviews

? [ The Hanging Girl] is fast-paced; features a very relatable, down-on-herluck protagonist; and boasts a surprise twist that will leave readers arguing long after the book is over. Perfect for fans of psychological thrillers." - Booklist "A surprisingly dark thriller that will find a home in libraries where there is a need for strong female protagonists and engrossing mysteries." - SLJ " ? The multiple twists in the ending pack several hefty wallops of surprise and reward the reader with a more than satisfactory payout." - Bulletin "The final twist is creepy and, like all good twists, makes perfect sense when reading back to see what you missed." - The Globe and Mail "