The Hanging Tree is an interesting novella that involves a bitter curse, an old tree, a black cat, ghosts, and the lives of two teenagers. The story goes back and forth in time so that you not only understand the teens, but also the spirits that meet them at the tree.
I enjoyed the story very much especially exploring the relationship with the teen girl, Arielle, and her parents as she gains independence and has to make important decisions. The bitterness and hatred that has carried over generations takes this story to fascinating places. I thought that The Hanging Tree came full circle and ended with a satisfying conclusion.
This is a quick and fun read and would also be a great starter book if you haven’t read any of the other Michael Philip Cash book.