WHAT WALTER READS THAT DAY CHANGES HIM. Not in any way someone would really notice. He still goes to school, hangs out with his friends Jimmy and Mothball, and tries to avoid the Troll, the town recluse. But something in him has changed.
Richly atmospheric, The Hanging Woods is at times disturbing, but it is always riveting. It’s a tale of deception, delusion, and the dark places a troubled mind can go.
“It recalls Greek tragedy even as it suggests a cursed reconfiguration of To Kill a Mockingbird. Sanders handles narration deftly, seeding it with clues to the upcoming wreck but masterfully camouflaging the story.” – The Bulletin, starred review
“Sanders’s debut novel is an excellent example of Southern Gothic, and the heady, macabre mix of secrets and violence is evident from the opening lines. This suspenseful story…marks Sanders as a writer to watch.” – The Horn Book