Release: 28th February 2018
Synopsis: Jack Stevens discovers the bodies of two women, Philomena Blackstaff and Mary Walsh, tied together and hung by their ankles in a position resembling the symbol for treachery as depicted on tarot cards. Though retired and now wealthy, Stevens is an ex-sheriff and involves himself in the subsequent investigation. As a result of Jack `stealing’ Philomena’s diary and his association with the Pinkerton detective agency, it is discovered that Mary Walsh worked undercover for the Pinkertons, investigating the Knights of Labour (the fastest growing workers’ rights movements in America of the late 1800’s). The women had been working together, tracing the man who was selling guns and dynamite to the more extremest factions of the workers movement. This led them to Ruby’s, a secret `nightclub for deviants’, where Stevens and Inspector O’Leary believe the pair fell foul of the man they were looking for, gang leader Joseph Mannheim. With the May 4th Haymarket riots and bombings looming, Stevens must uncover the truth about The Hanging Women before it’s too late.Review:
A murder. A mystery. A unofficial detective. The newest crime thriller of 2018.
This book is definitely something that the minute I read the synopsis I knew it was right up my street. I loved how it sounded so intriguing and so mysterious but didn’t give anything away.
The writing itself was really interesting, and I really liked how the book kicked off with the murder. It left me with so many questions and really made me want to keep reading, it was brilliant. There were so many twists and turns and the characters worked well together.
For me personally it did lose a bit of momentum during the middle, I kind of lost interest a bit which was a shame. But once I got through the middle couple of chapters the pace picked up and I read it so fast.
This book is definitely one to watch out for!
You can buy The Hanging Women on Amazon UK here!
*NOTE: I was sent this book in return for an honest review and that is what I have written. All opinions are my own and are completely truthful.*
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