5++++ Gazillion Stars
The is the BEST fucking Hangmen book to date in my opinion, people, I shit you not.
Seriously, I can’t WAIT for all you ladies to get your hands on this thing.
All I can say is, Tillie Cole is one talented bitch.
And yes, I can call her “bitch.”
Because that’s, like, a compliment in Hangmen-Land, after all.
Now, Tillie has been very clear that she doesn’t want ANY spoilers in any of the ARC reviews.
Such is her right and I shall abide. So in order not to chance her righteous lady scribe wrath and risk being damned by the ARC gods, I am going to keep this brief in the details department.
I will say this, however…there is a quote in here that I really wanted to include in this review – although, now that I actually think about it, I am glad I can’t so you can all enjoy it for yourselves.
Let’s just say that it relates to Phebe and her freckles, and, AS a fellow freckled person (freckles run in my family)….
*That’s me and my sister. I’m the far less attractive sister on the right, for those wondering…
…it (the quote moment mentioned above) especially made my heart melt.
Personally, my freckles have never bothered me like they bother some people. In fact, I’ve always liked them. They are almost like built-in camouflage for any complexion blemishes.
But, regardless, I know a lot of people who have freckles and hate them or just feel different because of them – and it’s so rare to have the heroine in a book be so freckled – and have those freckles constantly mentioned as part of her character – that I just found it really refreshing.
But, anyspeckle, as I said, I am going to keep this brief because, quite frankly, I don’t want to accidentally include anything spoilery and – in my excitement – I’m scared of myself.
Now being scared of my schizo filter-less self is nothing new per se, but…well, you know…consequences this time.
So all I will say is this:
There are definitely moments in this book that will have you cringing in your La-Z-Boy.
Personally, I’m pretty heartless and jaded when it comes to dark shit. My reaction to something someone else might think is really heinous is more like this:
But this book had a few moments in it that had me reacting like Joe Rogan watching the Two Girls and a Cup video.
(If you have no idea what that is – don’t worry about it. And whatever you do, do NOT google it at work. TRUST me.)
Regardless, as with all of Tillie Cole’s books, I feel like these moments add an even deeper sense of realism to the story – and not in a “just for the sake of needless tragedy” way like so many other authors these days.
Above all else though, there was just such a palpable connection between Phebe and AK.
They were just so amazing together. I think they have tied if not beaten out Styx/Mae and Ky/Lilah as my favorite Hangmen couple, actually.
Also amazing was the more in depth connection we got to see between the Psycho Trio, namely that between AK and Flame.
In fact, just thinking about it and writing all that made me realize that AK might be my favorite Hangmen Hero to date.
About the Author
Tillie Cole hails from a small town in the North-East of England. She grew up on a farm with her English mother, Scottish father and older sister and a multitude of rescue animals. As soon as she could, Tillie left her rural roots for the bright lights of the big city.
After graduating from Newcastle University with a BA Hons in Religious Studies, Tillie followed her Professional Rugby player husband around the world for a decade, becoming a teacher in between and thoroughly enjoyed teaching High School students Social Studies before putting pen to paper, and finishing her first novel.
Tillie has now settled in Austin, Texas, where she is finally able to sit down and write, throwing herself into fantasy worlds and the fabulous minds of her characters.
Tillie is both an independent and traditionally published author, and writes many genres including: Contemporary Romance, Dark Romance, Young Adult and New Adult novels.
When she is not writing, Tillie enjoys nothing more than curling up on her couch watching movies, drinking far too much coffee, while convincing herself that she really doesn’t need that extra square of chocolate.