6/21/2014

The Hanging Tree by Michael Phillip Cash Book Review

I just finished another one of Michael Phillip Cash's books. This one was a very short, but an alright novella that I read in a few hours. 


Title: The Hanging Tree
Author: Michael Phillip Cash
Genre: Paranormal

Synopsis:
Seventeen year old Arielle is at a crossroads in her life. Disenchanted with her father, she is testing the boundaries of his trust by dating someone he does not approve. Under the moonlit sky in Long Island, Arielle and her boyfriend meet beneath the infamous hanging tree. The couple's destiny is rooted to the five spirits in the tree whose lives and deaths are determined by an ancient curse. Will her future be determined by the past or will Arielle's choices alter the course of her life?

My Thoughts on This Book
I've always enjoy reading paranormal books about spirits and witches and the like. This particular novella wove from modern day back to the time when witches were still hung to die. 
It had an okay story line, typical teen characters dealing with rebelling from their families, sex, and immaturity. (Both in modern day time as well as the past.)
This book revolves around a curse that continues on from one generation to the next, until someone does something surprisingly different to finally break it.
How are Arielle and her boyfriend Chad connected to all of the spirits that linger around the infamous hanging tree? 
How will her final decisions affect their fates in the end?

This story was a lot shorter than the other books that I've read by Cash. It's also not as thrilling or intriguing as the others. I liked it, but I do wish that the story was longer. I wish that there was more about the history of each spirit. I just feel that the story is lacking in details about each of the characters' background stories. Something missing--to me the story feels a bit unfinished. It does have the potential to be a really good book if there was more of a back story to each character. I also wish it was a bit more scary...but that's just me, since I love scary stories!
Michael Phillip Cash is a great writer so I think that if he decided to go back and add on to the story, it could be a big hit. 
Worth a read, though!



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**Disclaimer: I was compensated for this review. However, all opinions expressed are 100% my own,and in no way influenced.**