Title: Hangman's Curse
Series: The Veritas Project (book 1)
Number of Pages: 304
Publication Date: 2001
Synopsis: "This fast-paced mystery suspense series features the Springfield family, an independent investigative team consisting of Nate, his wife Sarah, and their twin teenagers Elijah and Elisha. Veritas, the Latin word for "truth," has been selected to code name their effort "The Veritas Project."Their mission is to investigate and solve strange mysteries, crimes, and occurrences, seeking not only the facts, but also the truth behind the facts. In Hangman's Curse, the family goes undercover in a small town high school where it appears that a mysterious curse is spreading throughout the school, attacking popular athletes and immobilizing the student body with fear. As the Springfields uncover the truth, they see first hand the devastating effects of peer-abuse."
I found Hangman's Curse to be a fascinating read; it had plenty of action (which I love) and more than enough mysterious elements to keep my attention till the end.
The only thing I didn't like about this book was a page or two near the end when they were wrapping up their case and the book took a sharp turn from thrilling to corny.
Although I think it's a shame that there are actually people (children or adult) who treat others with no respect just because they are different or because they don't fall into the same group as the"popular" kids.
The characters were fairly likable, ‘though I hate it when twins are given similar sounding names, like, Elijah and Elisha.
If you aren’t a big fan of spiders I would suggest that you not read this book, because there are a lot of them in it, and I mean a lot!
Hangman's Curse has earned 4 out of 5 pineapples.