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Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite
In The Girl At The Hanging Tree by Mary Gray, we are introduced to Gemma Louise Coldiron, a young woman trapped inside her own head by a paranoid and manipulative second personality named Tansy. Aside from a dual personality, Gemma also suffers from amnesia, unable to remember most of her past. She notices the way the townsfolk look at her and the worrisome things they say to her, but whenever Gemma tries to reach into her past, Tansy prevents her from getting the answers she seeks. Deciding to find out without the other part of her, she finds people to tell her what Tansy won’t. Slowly, Gemma begins piecing together the life she forgets with a husband that she loved dearly. A husband who mysteriously went missing nearly a year ago and hasn’t been heard from since. Gemma wonders how much of what the town is saying is true about her involvement with the disappearance. She also wonders what more can Tansy be hiding.
I thought author Mary Gray did a wonderful job with this psychological thriller. You can definitely tell that the author did her research on personality disorders, specifically dual and multiple personalities by the way she wrote Gemma and Tansy. If you start the book going into it blind, you think they are two separate people. It’s only by reading further that you begin to suspect the second character is inside the other's head. Both personalities are well-thought-out and written distinctively so that you know which personality you are reading about without even knowing if it’s Tansy or Gemma. The plot is also very gripping and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Overall, I think The Girl At The Hanging Tree is a great read that I would definitely recommend.