Readers looking for some ghostly tales to enjoy over the Halloween holiday should give The Hanging Tree a try. Cash has combined several classic elements within his tale. On the one hand we have the trope of the young couple on a lonely road and the feeling that they are not alone. But he also adds in a rather nasty curse lingering from the days of the American colonies. And not satisfied with such a mash-up, he also includes the victims of the curse as a sort of Greek chorus commenting on the action. In such a short span of pages, the author manages to work in a rebellious teenager dealing with her parents' divorce and her father's new girlfriend, vengeful ghosts, the consequences of poor choices, and the possibility of redemption. How's that for a story to read while you await the arrival of the Great Pumpkin?
I received a copy of the book from the author for review purposes.