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The Hanging Girl

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  1,078 ratings  ·  316 reviews
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 ha ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Emily May
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
The joys of living in a small town. The bodies of your mistakes rarely stayed buried. They had a tendency to pop up when you least expected them.

I think Eileen Cook is a real author to watch. Her books seem to be flying relatively under the radar so far, but in both this book and With Malice, she’s demonstrated her talent for dragging me in and keeping me interested throughout the tale she is weaving.

In The Hanging Girl, I was hooked pretty quickly. Skye's narrative was instantly engaging,
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I wasn’t sure which was worse--to know you’re a liar or to believe your own bullshit.

For years, Eileen Cook has been my go-to for YA thrillers. Her stories are decidedly dark and unsettling, yet approachable. The Hanging Girl, Eileen Cook’s latest edition, is no exception. It’s a compelling mixture of nail-biting suspense and teen angst. Richly woven, it’ll keep you guessing to the very last page. Literally.

Candi Thorn, better known as Skye, has spent her entire life resenting both her ridicul
K. Elizabeth
1.5/5 Stars

I could not stand this book. The story was all over the place, and the author was obviously trying way too hard to please "today's society" by giving us this extremely diverse set of characters. Don't get me wrong, diversity is GREAT. But when every character seems to be deliberately put in there just to make people happy, I don't like it. It makes me feel like the story isn't the authors anymore, but rather that the author was pushed into pleasing society instead of staying true t
Elle (ellexamines)
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of super-twisty suspense
There are three types of thrillers. There is the big ending twist, where a book of buildup leads up to one whodunit revelation. There is the obvious-twist-but-ability-to-guess-it-doesn't-really-matter-because-that's-not-the-point. And then there is the "so many twists, you cannot possibly guess all of them, or even half."

That's the category occupied by The Hanging Girl. And how.

I am not exaggerating when I say the entire book flips on its head around three times. If you guess even a fifth of th
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
Spoiler-free review!

I wasn't sure which was worse - to know you were a liar, or to believe your own bullshit.

I have never needed half-star ratings so badly for any book review in my life. 3.5 stars is really the perfect rating for this story, but for the sake of Goodreads' rating system, down it goes to 3 stars.

In a nutshell, The Hanging Girl is about Skye, a fake psychic who gets desperate for cash and assists in a kidnapping plot in order to load her bank account with a bit of ransom money. Th
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, read-in-2017
*Thanks again to the publisher for sending me an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Candi Skye Thorn is a senior in high school and has been giving tarot readings for several years now. She doesn’t believe that she actually has psychic abilities but she knows a lot about the people at her school which helps her fake her readings. But when the town’s golden girl goes missing, she decides to help the police with her psychic visions because this time, she has som
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Skye Thorn is a high school senior that has grown up with a mother that thinks she's psychic leading Skye to begin her own business of tarot readings. For Skye though she knows there's no psychic ability behind her strangely accurate readings, she just knows how to really read people and with a little help reading personal files when working in the office she's spot on with her "predictions".

Now that high school is coming to a close though Skye finds herself desperate for money when it doesn't
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
There is just something about a mystery with an unreliable narrator and excellent twists that does it for me. The Hanging Girl follows Skye, a girl we immediately learn lies and has no qualms about it. She does desperately need the money after all. She is highly observant making it easy to trick her classmates into believing she is psychic - in order to make a quick, easy buck. Skye will read their tarot cards, telling them what they want to hear. This makes her the perfect person for Pluto to ...more
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
About: The Hanging Girl is a young adult mystery written by Eileen Cook. It was recently published on 10/3/17 by HMH Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, hardcover, 320 pages. The genres are young adult, fiction, mystery and thriller. This book is intended for readers ages 14 and up, grades 9 and up.

My Experience: I started reading The Hanging Girl on 12/6/17 and finished it on 12/10/17. This book is an excellent read! I love following Skye’s point of view. Her frust
Rachel Hall
“Destiny spun the wheel and did what it wanted, and the rest of us just had to hang on for the ride and do the best we could with the cards we were dealt.”
The Hanging Girl by YA author, Eileen Cook, is an entertaining and very twisty thriller featuring a whip-smart and brilliantly flawed central protagonist in eighteen-year-old Skye Thorn, a girl who ditched her birth name of Candi as soon as she possibly could! Despite my opinion on the implausibility of the serpentine course this novel take
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a really light read, pacey enough to keep you going till the end but without any real depth. If you read a lot of these type of books, they become easy to predict, and it means that ones like this offer no surprises. All the plot twists in the world don't matter if you couldn't care less about the people. This one definitely wasn't for me.

ARC via Netgalley
Eve (Between The Bookends)

descriptionThe cover on this one is just ok in my opinion. It's an OK representation of the story, and the title work is good (if a little on the large size).description


I don't have much to say about this one. It was OK. I knew pretty much right from the start what some of the twists were going to be. The plot wasn't exactly original. Nor did I particularly care for any of the characters. On top of that, the ending fell a bit flat for me as well.That said, it was a relatively quick read, and I found it engaging eno
Jul 09, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
It's not really fair if I review it- but after all the hours I'm glad to see it on the shelves!
Apr 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Oh my this was a captivating read and I just could not stop turning the pages to see what was going to happen next. It was a totally absorbing read that I had a difficult time on one level to guess. Eileen Cook is a talented writer who knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Skye Thorn and her best friend Drew are getting ready to go to college in New York City. They are in their senior year of high school and Drew announces to Skye that she is concerned ab
I love unreliable narrators and crazy plots that keep me guessing for the entire book, so I was all over this one.

Skye is an okay MC. She’s an ordinary girl in a crappy situation and it was sort of refreshing to see that she wasn’t the prettiest, most special girl ever.

Plot wise...I was bored. I read up to 45% before I started jumping around. And while the reveals at the ending were intriguing, it wasn’t compelling enough to make me go back and read the sections I skipped.

Overall, I loved the
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of: thrilling YA mystery's, stories that will keep you on your toes
Recommended to Courtney by: Netgalley
Shelves: netgalley, 2017-read
"I wasn't sure which was worse - to know you were a liar or to believe your own bullshit."

Candi "Skye" Thorn, a senior in highschool, has been giving out tarot card readings for years and getting paid for her psychic services. Having a natural ability to read people, a sneaky way of gathering dirt on her peers, and picking up a few things from her "psychic" and highly eccentric mother, Skye has been fooling everyone with her "lucky hunches". Well, almost everyone. There are a select few who
*thank you to Netgalley, Eileen Cook and Bonnier Zaffre/Hot Key Books for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

4 stars.

Well this was sure worth the read! I thoroughly enjoyed it. I don't know what I'd been expecting but I felt like right away I became invested in this story. It was a stronger read than I'd expected. Meaning the story was very well done. I would highly recommend this.
"That one of the joys in living in a small town. The bodies of your mistakes rarely stayed buried. They had a tendency to pop up when you least expected them."

Judging by how long it took me to read this, you could say that I didn’t really care for it.

It wasn’t bad, but for some reason I just couldn’t get jiggy with it. While the characters are deliciously unreliable and the main character unbalanced and yet sympathetic, I just couldn’t connect with anything or anyone.

Read the authors previou
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

It's very hard to review this book without spoiling the whole thing really. I can't even say 'it's like a young adult version of ________' because that's definitely going to give away the first big twist [there are about 3 throughout the whole book]. I will just say that if the summary sounds interesting to you I would definitely recommend you give it a try, it's very fast paced and easy to read and just whenever you think you k
EDIT 10/24: Rating change!

If you’re looking for a dark, twisted psychological thriller, then ladies and gentlemen, this is the best they get.
The Hanging Girl is complex, and mind-twisty, and horrifying. And I love it.
Here’s the thing: my goal for 2017 was to find the best of YA thrillers out there. This is one of those genres with a very scarce number of members, and what little thrillers do exist .. do not thrill me. #SorryNotSorry I’ve picked up One of Us Is Lying (which I adored for the cha
Lauren Stoolfire
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this free eARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Skye has given tarot card readings and has had psychic visions before, but they've always come easily enough seeing as they've all been faked. Now, though, her "visions" are helping the police find Paige, the missing daughter of a prominent local judge, but this time she has insider knowledge. The kidnapping was supposed to be easy - a harmless prank - that would earn her the money she desperately needs to move to NYC after
Alexis  (TheSlothReader)
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
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4.25/5. This was such a fun read and pretty much exactly what I was looking for when I decided to pick it up at the bookstore just a couple of days ago! It's an engaging story full of small and big surprises with a morally grey main character (oh, how I like those!) and lots of (misdirecting) clues thrown in to (mis)lead you along the way. I feel like the ending is one of those people will either love or hate, but it totally worked for me! After now having read this, I definitely want to check o ...more
Jessi ♡
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
SO MANY TWISTS this was so much fun
Liz Barnsley
This was a fairly predictable but none the less addictive YA psychological thriller - I read it fast and got totally immersed into the problems faced by Skye as she gets entangled in the kidnapping of a girl she knows. But just how well does she know her?

I love this type of book because you have the fun of unraveling the mystery and the ability to get involved with the characters, to be honest all of whom I hated really which is quite funny - Skye lies almost the whole way through, her mother is
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have always been fascinated by psychic skills. I buy my daughter the Mind Body Spirit magazine which she gets a lovely selection of tarot cards and an explanation to the meaning of them. So when I read that Eileen Cook was publishing a book about a school girl was charging her school friends to do tarot card readings, this was a must read for me. Skye Thorn had been passed down her tarot cards by her grandmother. Skye thorn was a lovely character to read about being a fake psychic. Death cards ...more
Tracy Shephard
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
With such a fab cover and a great title this novel was of interest to me from the beginning.

The Hanging Girl is full of twists and is such a terrific read I was hooked.

Skye pretends to be a psychic. She charges a fee for tarot card readings at school, and makes her predictions by what she sees.

A girl goes missing and Skye 'helps' the Police with her predictions and psychic ability.

This plot is fabulous, and is so taut and edgy that I just could not guess what was happening next.

The writing is
Manon the Malicious
*4.25 Stars*

I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I don’t want to summarize this book. You just gotta throw yourself in.

I really really really liked this story. It has no morals, the characters all have major flaws… I loved them all a lot (well, almost).
I read this very fast and had trouble putting it down every time I had to.
I have no idea what more to say since I don’t want to say too much, so just read it and we’ll compare notes!
Evgenia Netrebkova
This is one of the most original ideas I've read in a synopsis of an YA book, in this period of non-orginal YA era. Definetly interested......
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Eileen Cook spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer.

You can read more about Eileen, her books, and the things that strike her as funny at Eileen lives in Vancouver with her husband and two dogs and no longer wishes to be anyone or anywhere else.


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