Friday, July 11, 2014

The Hanging Tree: A Novella by @michaelpcash - Review

The Hanging Tree: A Novella
Title: The Hanging Tree
Author: Michael Phillip Cash
Release Date: October 15th 2013
Format: Paperback & E-book
Source: complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review.

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.

 Born and raised on Long Island, Michael has always had a fascination with horror writing and found footage films. He wanted to incorporate both with his debut novel, Brood X. Earning a degree in English and an MBA, he has worked various jobs before settling into being a full-time author. He currently resides on Long Island with his wife and children.


The Hanging Tree is a fantastic novella. It has mystery, a bit of horror and a good outcome. A young girl, Arielle, finds herself under a haunted tree with a pushing boyfriend. While they discuss the next step in their relationship, we read about the stories of the ghosts living in the tree.

With a changing point of view the story goes by fast. It’s easy to understand each one of the stories and the different characters. Some stories are more intriguing than others but they all are entertaining. At first is hard to see how they all are related and why their stories are connected. It's only at the final chapters that I truly understand why the five ghosts were at the tree and how they were linked to the present.

Goody Bennett is one of the best characters of the book. She has a strong personality, a woman who is not afraid of speaking her mind. Despite living in the seventeen century she is a force to fear and will have a defining role in the lives of many. The rest of the characters have interesting stories and despite being a short book you can differ all of them.

The paperback has around 70 pages so it’s easy to read it in one sitting. With a good writing style, simple dialogues but believable, the story will leave you satisfied.

Overall, it's a really good novella with horror elements, good passing and nice ending.


1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a wonderful read to me. :-)

    Love the blog design (if I haven't said so before)

    Anna from Shout with Emaginette


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