My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I’ve seen Mary Burton’s Forgotten Files series advertised, but hadn’t had a chance to read any of the books before “The Hangman”…..now, I’m thinking I’ve been missing out.
“The Hangman” is a creepy, twisting thriller which will make your hairs stand on end. It took me only two days to finish.
Julia Vargas is determined to solve the case of the Hangman serial killer – in which three women were brutally murdered in the fall of 1992. Her father was working the case when he shot himself, amid a flurry of rumors that he himself was the Hangman. Meanwhile, a body is found in an abandoned building, with indications that the woman also died in the fall of 1992. She also has a photo of Julia and her father in her wallet. With help from love interest Tobias Novak, can Julia finally solve this cold case before more people die?
This book had a a lot of moving parts which kept me guessing throughout the whole book. There’s just so much going on, it’s hard to guess the ending, but it does all fit together. The ending was satisfying and pretty intense. I liked it.
The Hangman character is really creepy too, even by romantic suspense standards. There are little details which really freaked me out, TBH, which added to the atmosphere of the novel.
The characters are also pretty complex. No one is “perfect,” and everyone has some issues, which added to the storyline, particularly Julia’s father, one of the main “characters,” even though he doesn’t actually make an appearance.
My only qualm would be that with so much going on it was hard to keep some of people and events straight in my mind. But that’s why I love the Kindle “Search” feature, which lets me go back and see other character mentions so I can remember who is who.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I’m looking forward to more in the series.
Now, I’ve got to go catch up on what I’ve missed!