The Hanging Tree: Rivers of London (Book 6)
by Ben Aaronovitch
“When power is influence and privilege reigns, is there room for the older powers of London?
Suspicious deaths are not usually the concern of PC Peter Grant or the Folly, even when they happen at an exclusive party in one of the flats of the most expensive apartment blocks in London. But Lady Ty’s daughter was there and Peter owes Lady Ty a favour.
Plunged into the alien world of the super-rich, where the basement are bigger than the houses and dangerous, arcane items are bought and sold on the open market, a sensible young copper would keep his head down and his nose clean. But this is Peter Grant we’re talking about.
He’s been given an unparalleled opportunity to alienate old friends and create new enemies at the point where the world of magic and that of privilege intersect. Assuming he survives the week…”
So I thought that The Hanging Tree publication date had got moved by a year, and then I realised that it was the paperback publication, while the hardback publication had only been moved by a few weeks. So I bought it the day after it came out, I was really looking forward to it after the rest of the series (Rivers of London, Moon over Soho, Whispers under Ground, Broken Homes and Foxglove Summer). I did not know anything about what happened in The Hanging Tree, except what happens in the previous books. I feel that you do need to have read the rest of the series to fully understand and appreciate what is going on. There are also references to some of the things that happen in the graphic novels.
In The Hanging Tree, PC Peter Grant has a case involving Lady Ty’s daughter with a death involving drugs, this links into another case which is Falcon (related to the Folly). And of course, the Faceless Man is involved, along with Lesley May.
I loved the fact that Lady Ty, Guleed and the higher-up officers are back. Peter Grant and Beverly Brook are fabulous as always, although there is a little bit less of Beverly than I would like. Molly is more mentioned than actually in the book, and I think that it is a shame.
I enjoyed most of The Hanging Tree and I liked the fact that it was almost straight back into life with the Rivers, although they did not play as big a part as I would like. It was very well written and had me hooked, I went through all the emotions and I did not guess what was going to happen due to the twists and turns.
The Hanging Tree ends on a cliffhanger, this is because the Rivers of London series is continuing in Lies Sleeping (publication date to be set).
The way I described The Hanging Tree while reading it was a crime novel with a fantasy twist. I personally cannot find any fault with it and would recommend it to adults. 5 out of 5.
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