Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (October 3, 2017)
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.AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | BOOK DEPOSITORY
Praise for THE HANGING GIRL
"...[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
This excerpt is from Paige’s point of view. She’s been abducted and being held by the kidnappers in a remote location. She’s keeping a journal.
They left me a case of bottled water, along with a loaf of Wonder Bread and a jar of Jiff peanut butter. They didn’t leave me a knife; they weren’t that careless. All I have is a couple plastic spoons.
The first day I tried to figure out what I’d do when the kidnappers came back. I want to be the kind of person who comes up with some kind of plan for when they come in, a way to save myself. But, the truth is I don’t know what to do. I tried to fight back at the car, and all it got me was a hard slap across the face.
I always thought I was brave, but now I realize it was only because there was never anything I really needed to be scared of.
If I’m honest I’m less afraid of what they’ll do when they come back and more terrified that they won’t come back at all. The first couple of days I ate two or three sandwiches, but then I moved to one, and today I had just a half. I started doing the math to figure out how long I can make the food last, but I’m not even sure how much I need to eat to stay alive. Maybe they left just enough food to give me hope, but not enough to survive. I think that’s the most horrible part of all of this—not knowing if I should hope or just give up.
If this note is found after I’m gone, I want someone to tell my parents that I loved them. Let them know I’m doing everything to keep hoping this will work out. Tell them that I stayed strong. My dad is always saying that—stay strong—it’s a Bonnet family motto. I don’t know what I can do to get away, but I’m not going to stop trying. Maybe being brave is what happens when you don’t have a choice.
Copyright 2017 by Eileen Cook
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Eileen Cook grew up in a small town in Michigan, but would go on to live in Boston and Belgium before settling in Vancouver, Canada with her husband and two very naughty dogs.Photo Content from Eileen Cook
In second grade Eileen’s teacher wrote on a homework assignment “I am sure someday you will be an author” which is a tribute to the psychic abilities of elementary school teachers, as well as Eileen penchant for making things up. While she would go on to fill endless notebooks with really bad poetry, short stories, and the occasional start to a novel, she would first go on to pursue a career as a counsellor working with individuals with catastrophic injuries and illness.
Eileen quickly discovered that the challenge of working with real people is that they have real problems and she returned to writing where she could make her characters do what she wanted. Her first novel was published in 2008. Entertainment Weekly called her novel WITH MALICE a “seriously creepy thriller” which pretty much made her entire year.
When not planning murder and mayhem on the computer, Eileen enjoys reading, knitting, yelling at her dogs to stop digging holes and watching hockey (which she is required to do as a new Canadian.)
Eileen is a popular speaker at conferences both in the US and in Canada, provides writing/editorial coaching, and is a mentor/instructor for the Simon Fraser University The Writer’s Studio.
Eileen lives in Vancouver with her husband and two very naughty dogs and no longer wishes to be anyone or anywhere else.
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