Gemma also has amnesia, and Tansy’s too busy painting macabre art to be forthcoming about their past. The town speaks to Gemma about a “Mr. Hardin”, and it doesn’t take her long to learn she was married to the oil tycoon before he mysteriously went missing.
While Gemma begs Tansy to tell her more about their life with the handsome stranger, Gemma soon learns that the town harbors a secret society. And Mr. Hardin? He was the leader.
If Gemma can’t figure out what happened while maintaining her volatile relationship with Tansy, the town will assume Gemma killed Mr. Hardin - and even more alters will take root in Gemma’s already crowded mind.
An acutely observed modern-day psychological thriller that plunges into the daunting abyss of mental illness, community indoctrination, and cult group-mind.
Overall 5 Stars Performance 5 Stars Story 5 Stars
I previously read The Girl at The Hanging Tree in 2020. It left such a profound mark on me that I couldn't wait to revisit it as an audiobook. I finished the book last night and I am still reeling from it this morning. Gray boldly takes on abuse, mental health, the small town hive mind, and racism. So many taboo topics in one story. The author delivered a profound story with grace and dignity. I cannot accurately articulate the emotions invoked in me by this story. I woke up in the middle of the night thinking about Gemma Louise and all that she endured. It is understandable that she retreated within herself and allowed Tansy to live her life for her at her worse moments.
The narrator, Sarah Graham, expertly delivered an award winning performance as Gemma and her alters. There were moments when I felt my heart would beat out my chest as I was so engrossed in the emotions of the story.
Whether you grab this in print or audio I highly recommend you checking out the story of Gemma Louise.