Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Release Date: October 3, 2017
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA \ Mysteries & Detective Stories
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.
"Destiny is like a boulder. Bulky and hard to move. It’s easier to leave it alone than to try to change it. But that never kept anyone from trying. Trust me: I’m a professional."
Author Eileen Cook's The Hanging Girl is a sort of psychological thriller, mixed with a strange mystery, and plenty of twists and surprises. 18-year old Skye Thorn has been using Tarot Cards on her fellow students as a way to make a bit of money. She knows that after graduation, she and her bestie Drew are supposed to leave their small town behind for the brights lights of NYC. Problem is that Skye has about as money as I do in my bank account. And, that's not all that much.
After a fellow student named Paige Bonnet goes missing, Skye suddenly has visions. Skye informs the police of her visions and offers to help find Paige and bring her home. However, things just don't add up. Things quickly spiral in ways that Skye has no control over. What should be a grand scheme to make some money for college, turns out to be all for not with an unexpected turn of events that nobody will see coming. The most curious aspect of the kidnapping? It was planned in advance by a person named Pluto. No spoilers!
Pluto decided to jump up the kidnapping even before Skye agreed to help her. All Skye had to do in return for a big chunk of money to go to NYC with is tell the police that she is having visions of what really happened to Paige, and where she can be found. Now, things get really complicated after Paige's father refuses to pay the ransom, and Paige later turns up dead. Rut Roh! The Hanging Girl is not the first book that I've read. I've previously read With Malice. I will say this about Skye. She is an unreliable narrator who has lied and manipulated people with her tarot cards. Not that Skye is a mess. She's not. She just gets caught up in something way bigger than she anticipated.
I have issues with authors who get way too political instead of sticking to the who, what, where, why, and how come? It may be the authors choice, but I don't have to read about it. Thus why even though I actually liked Skye, had ended up dropping my overall rating. I don't have to read about slams against people or businesses that you may not like. It's like saying you should ALL become vegans, and fuck all meat lovers because how dare you eat something that you enjoy! This is supposed to be entertainment, not political grandstanding to make points. We live in a society where the news is screeching at us 24/7/365 from all sides of the political spectrum. I read books to escape the real world, not get dragged back into it kicking and screaming.