The Hanging Tree: A Novella

Michael Phillip Cash
Red Feather Publishing (2013)
ISBN: 9781492274513
Reviewed By Susan Violante for Reader Views (01/14)

Article first published as Book Review: ‘The Hanging Tree, A Novella’ by Michael Phillip Cash on Blogcritics.

“The Hanging Tree, A Novella” by Michael Phillip Cash begins with two teenagers in a couple out on a date. Arielle’s boyfriend Chad gets out of the car frustrated that Arielle is not going further physically in their relationship. Arielle follows him and as they stand next to Chad’s blue Camaro, she notices the big oak tree and tries to defuse the situation by telling him that the tree is haunted.  She then asks Chad for his knife and walks towards the tree clueless that she was approaching a cross roads where choices would be made which would affect many lives on this earth and beyond.

Cash mastered story-telling in this first Novella as he presents the reader with multiple short stories all tied together through two teenagers’ confrontation under the hanging tree. The perfect amount of suspense entwined in each storyline, along with the descriptions and characters of each short story transports the reader in and out of different settings and times smoothly, as the main storyline flows without bumps, keeping the reader glued to the pages.

Michael Phillip Cash has written several other books, with this being the first I have read. “The Hanging Tree, A Novella” is the perfect quickie, as it satisfies the craving for a good suspenseful read. It is perfect for any busy reader or just one that loves a short book! I definitely recommend this five-star Novella to adults young and old. I am even more excited to see what Michael comes up with next.

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