A Penny for the Hangman

Y’all, I couldn’t, I just couldn’t.

It was 2 am, mid-morning, I was sitting in front of my computer reading, eyes heavy, yawning every five seconds, my mouse hovering about the close button but I still couldn’t bring myself to stop reading. I absolutely hated the numerous name dropping, I didn’t know who they were, only that they obviously were tied to the story–how, I didn’t know and it was absolutely driving me insane.

A Penny for the Hangman by Tom Savage is one of the cleanest writing I have encountered in a long while. One page in and I had a clear image of two of the characters in the book. Two pages in and I was scrambling through Google to make sure this wasn’t actually real. It might not be the most original book but the way the story was crafted was simply beautiful. The different viewpoints come together seamlessly and the characters were all well-developed and grounded in the story.

It is a very satisfying read, I must say.

 

Goodreads Insert: In Tom Savage’s chilling novel of suspense, an ambitious reporter is beckoned to an island paradise for the story of a lifetime. But this scoop might just be the death of her.

Fifty years ago, on the Caribbean island of St. Thomas, two teenagers born to privilege were convicted of slaughtering their parents in cold blood. Today the men are free and a Hollywood movie has been made about the murders. For Karen Tyler, an eager New York journalist, the case is irresistible. She has been invited to the Virgin Islands for an interview that’s too good to pass up . . . and sounds too good to be true.

Karen packs her bikini and her digital recorder and follows an ingeniously designed trail that leads her to a wealthy, mysterious figure. The man claims to be one of the notorious boys, but Karen soon learns that all is not as it seems. On this isolated utopia of sun and surf, a young reporter far from home fights for the truth—and for her life. Because the shocking secret behind the infamous atrocities has remained hidden all these years. And the killing isn’t over yet.  

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