I received this book from publisher through Netgalley in exchange for honest review.
I haven’t read Eileen Cook’s With Malice, but I know a lot of people in YA community enjoyed it. I don’t really like reading thriller and horror, I feel like book is not the perfect medium for the genre, but I still read them one and then. The Hanging Girl is another whodunnit story, told from the alternating POVs of Skye the fake-medium and the missing girl. It’s a fast paced and short read, with a lot of plot twist to keep you entertained. While I guessed most of them, I still enjoyed reading the book to see whether my guess is correct or not. The last twist was totally unpredictable by me because I totally underestimated the culprit. My only problem with this book is I don’t feel connected to any of the characters; they are one dimensional and all have horrible motives. For me who don’t really enjoy reading about thriller, this is a really good book and I’m curious about Cook’s other books.
This book is definitely a weird read. When you read the first chapter, you’ll think you know what really happen with both Kaitlyn and Carly. However, as the story goes, you begin to doubt your assumptions and spiralling down the dark path with the characters. Are the events in this book real or only in Kaitlyn’s mind? Who knows. What actually happened? No one knows. I really like how the format of journal, video, recordings, and transcript- it definitely adds more to the suspense and the question whether the events are real or not. I just think the middle part of the book could be trimmed a little bit because the book felt too long, and I really wished the death toll isn’t that high.
This book has one of the most interesting premise I’ve ever read. Every year, Vienna High listed 10 hottest girls in their year. But there’s a catch: if you’re on the list, there’s a possibility of you dying a horrible, mysterious death. It definitely sounds like Final Destination sets in high school, so why not? And it was; the girls started to die one by one and no one knows why. And it was a very compelling read because you, as a reader, are pulled to guess WHY and HOW. The characters are one dimensional, but it doesn’t matter since the mystery itself is enough to keep me interested. And then come the big reveal, which is totally unpredictable but also very, very absurd and sexist it’s just so bad and dissapointing. I felt really cheated when I read them, because WTF??? If I could rewrite that reveal, I totally would but sadly, I couldn’t. So yeah, despite having a strong plot and interesting premise, the horrible reason totally brought the book down for me.
Do you read anything scary in October?