The Hanging Tree by Ellery Kane

What if you couldn't remember the worst night of your life?
What if you couldn't forget it?

May 13, 1994.

On her thirteenth birthday, newly orphaned Evie, witnesses a brutal attack at the hanging tree. She wakes the next morning on a bus to Los Angeles, dazed and bruised and desperate to remember. Her best friend died that night–she's sure of it. But there's no body, no crime scene, and no witnesses. Twenty three years later, the whole night is still a blur. The murderer, a faceless, nameless man.

Fresh out of a stint in juvie, Butch kills a girl, strangles her. Twenty three years later, he walks out of prison a free man. But a haunted one, the ghost of his past at his heels.

When another body turns up at the hanging tree–a girl, strangled–Evie is certain her lost memory holds the key. Can Butch help her find the faceless man? Or is he hiding the darkest secret of all?

The Hanging Tree is a standalone and the second book in the Doctors of Darkness series.

“WARNING: Do not start this book unless your calendar is clear–you will not be able to put it down. This read moves seamlessly between the past and present; the well-crafted characters beckon you closer with each chapter and you would surely recognize each one if you saw them on the street. I loved how it was impossible to guess the ending with the twists and turns sprinkled throughout.” -Amazon reviewer