Thursday, November 21, 2013

Review: The Hanging Tree by:Michael Phillip Cash

 The Hanging Tree: A Novella
About the Book:
 Enter a world where spirits roam the earth in Michael Phillip Cash's haunting new novella, The Hanging Tree. Set amid the eerie backdrop of Long Island, an area famously steeped in old legend, two young would-be lovers contemplate their future while visits from those who have come before them reveal the lure of fate...and the power of free will. 

 At seventeen years old, Arielle's relationship with her parents is slowly deteriorating. Angry and defiant, she is at a loss on how to cope with the tumultuous situation in which she finds herself. Arielle's only comfort is Chad, an eighteen-year-old young man who seems to truly understand her struggles. Arielle and Chad meet beneath the low-hanging branches of what the local community has nick-named the "Hanging Tree". An ancient and majestic landmark, it has long been rumored that the tree is haunted by ghosts.

 These ghosts span various centuries and vary wildly in age, but each one of them has one thing in common: their deaths are all somehow connected to the tree itself. As Arielle and Chad commiserate over their current situation and their precarious nature of their future, the spectral inhabitants of the Hanging Tree witness their conversation. One by one,the ghosts begin reminiscing about their own lives-and deaths- as they examine the inner demons with which their human forms long struggled. An eerie meditation on the oft-overlooked power of choice, Cash's The Hanging Tree will stay with readers long after they turn out the light.

About the Author:
Michael Phillip Cash 's first book Brood X- A Firsthand Account of the Great Cicada Invasion is presently under consideration for a film adaptation. His well received second novel, Stillwell- A Haunting on Long Island, has stayed on the top of Amazon's "100 Best Seller" in it's genre since its release earlier this year. He is currently working on another ghost story. He lives on Long Island with his wife and children. 

 My Review:
 Claire knows her grandmother is right. She shouldn't be running around the reverend but he makes her feel like she is only girl in the world. He makes her heart flutter and when she has something special to tell him she is overjoyed. But that may just be the last thing she ever says.

 Goodie Bennett sees her granddaughter doing many things that shouldn't be doing,like running around with the Reverend for one. But how can she stop her, she says she is in love but this could be dangerous. Very dangerous. Goodie finds Claire with the reverend one afternoon, but everything is not as it seems.

 Arielle feels it's time to bring her relationship to the next level but as soon as she is alone with her boyfriend she quickly changes her mind and apparently her boyfriend doesn't agree. This defiantly isn't like him he is usually sweet and loving, there has to be an explanation, but what?

 Peter sits at home steadily checking the clock waiting for his daughter. She still has time to get home but that movie should have already ended. He can't help but call her and when she doesn't answer, he goes to find her. Maybe not in the best light, and when he sees the boy he's done told her to get rid of, it sets him off.

 Just a little bit of a note, this book does contain some strong language content but otherwise an interesting book.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me for free for my honest review from the author.