In a break from his full size novels, Michael Phillip Cash has done it again with a new novella that he has just released this week. The short story called, The Hanging Tree is everything you would expect from a thriller writer. Intrigue, mystery, ghostly presence, it's all there.
The story begins to unfolds in present time with two young teens, Arielle and Chad, who are making out under an old tree dubbed, "the hanging tree". Chad is pushing Arielle in a direction that she may not want to go and it is now a make it or break it decision.
Intertwined within, are five spirits from the past who are watching the whole thing unfold. They begin to tell their tragic tales of being at this very same tree and what it meant for them. Their stories are eerily familiar and all their deaths are based on a curse that be felled them.
Can this curse be broken in time so no harm comes to Arielle or Chad?
Ah, but if I told you, my dear readers, then that would give away the twisted makings of this tale.
I read this in about an hour and half to two hours. It really is packed full of imagery considering the shortness of the book. It well worth the time and just perfect for the Halloween season upon us.
An easy 5 stars here!
Disclosure: I received a Kindle version of this book for free to review. The opinions expressed here are 100% my own.