Pig Island by Mo Hayder ~ Fiction Book Review


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A thrilling mystery mixed with a dash of horror? At first, I wasn’t sure, but my opinion quickly changed to, “Yes, please!” This is a novel by Mo Hayder, after all, who, true to form, delivers a brutal tale that pushes the boundaries – it even made me look away from the pages in disgust once, which is no small feat!

I stayed up late several nights reading this book at supersonic speed, and the ending did not disappoint! Read closely, and you’ll even catch a pinch of the supernatural at the very end. Considering that one of the plot points of the book was to debunk the paranormal, this little inclusion, all too easily missed if you’re not paying close attention, makes the piece even better. Although this is a stand alone story, fans of Hayder’s Jack Caffery will probably love this one as well. 5 stars!

Hanging Hill by Mo Hayder ~ Fiction Book Review

12112724I opened this book knowing only that it was written by Mo Hayder. I’ve read enough of her books now to know that I’m in safe hands when I find myself in pages she’s authored. My first shock – this is a departure from her D.I. Jack Caffrey series. My second shock? I missed Jack Caffrey. Not that this book lacked the merit to  stand on it’s own, because it didn’t. Or that Jack Caffrey is an unlikable character, because he’s not. I’ve just found that I tend to dislike detectives – even though you’ll find them often enough in my own writing. (FYI – male detectives do not have to have a drinking problem and female detectives do not have to ride a motorcycle and suffer from an alienating form of macho-ism.)

Now . . . about this book in particular. Another solid, mercilessly brutal novel. Not as dark as some as Hayder’s work, and perhaps not as deep into her characters’ psyche, though that is probably due to this book not being a part of her long running series and the characters she usually writes. It kept me guessing. I thought I had it, but I was wrong. And the very end – enough to give you shivers and keep you up at night. I thought that this one would have less of an impact than her series, but then she pulled the rug out from under me over the last few pages and left me breathless. Five stars.

 

Wolf by Mo Hayder ~ Fiction Book Review

wpb27.jpgMo Hayder has done it again. She never fails to astound me with a tale that is both sharply crafted and breathlessly astounding. Hayder is one of my favorite authors, but I haven’t read all of her books. Instead of the instant gratification of consuming everything she has ever written, I dole out her works sparingly, as a special treat.

Hayder is the mistress of brutal story lines. She unflinchingly confronts the darkest nightmares of humanity. And I love her for it.

But she is more than just a shock jock. Her prose is beautifully crafted. Her characters’ lives extend beyond the pages. She is a  master craftsman, a writer one can learn from, no matter what genre they spin. Hayder has a supreme ability to convey setting. Each silken thread of the spider’s web you find yourself in has been spun with a loving touch. Without her uncanny ability to create setting and atmosphere with such precision that her words practically surround you with a hologram illusion in the room you’re reading in, her stories wouldn’t have such the powerful effect that they have. 5 stars!

Fiction Review ~ Mo Hayder “Skin” & “Gone”

mobook I very rarely read two books by the same author in a row, but by some strange twist of fate the stars aligned and I 1) had the next book in the series already waiting to be read on my shelf and 2) was so disappointed by Skin that I knew I had to hurry up and read Gone. Please don’t get me wrong – Skin is a good book. It kept my attention, was entertaining, and my all means would probably have been a five star book for me IF it hadn’t been written by Mo Hayder.

As those of you who have read a Mo Hayder book before know , this British author is absolutely brutal. A courageous, take no prisoners, leave no line uncrossed, write the absolutely unthinkable type of author. For those of you who haven’t read Hayer’s Jack Caffery series, you should – if you have a strong stomach and like your detective mysteries vicious, cruel and ruthless. You’re not going to find anything cozy in these books.

mobook1That’s why I was so shocked by Skin. It was kind of tame, focusing more on the two main recurring characters, Detective Inspector Jack Caffery and Sergeant Phoebe “Flea” Marley than on the book’s namesake storyline. In fact, this book was more of a character development of the two, moving along the subplot that’s developed between them. And there’s nothing wrong with that. Under normal circumstances. But when I pick up a Mo Hayder book, it’s because I want my earth shattered. I want to lose my breath over the atrocities on the pages.

Which led me to suspect that since Skin was so tame, Gone would be a wild riot. And it was. If you like a book that makes you flinch, hold up your hand and read through splayed fingers, Hayder’s your girl.

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