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"A particularly potent blend of terror and horror... not only grips her readers by the scruff of the neck but takes a firm hold on their intestines, too." The Times 20100213 "This is the fifth book in the Jack Caffery series and could well be the best ... A clever, stomach-churning, fast-paced, top-notch thriller" -- Angela Cooke Sunday Express "Where she differs from her peers is her almost outlandish imagination. Hayder pushes the boundaries of what's been said and written before... Brilliantly perceptive portrayals of the victims and very clever, sympathetic plotting, not to mention an acute capturing of police procedure - Gone is Mo Hayder's most compulsive thriller yet." Daily Mirror "Mo Hayder is not a woman to be trifled with. Her haute couture look belies her lacerating prose." -- Barry Forshaw Independent 20100210 "Hayder is one of the most skilled crime writers at escalating unbearable tension...nothing short of brilliant" DAILY MAIL --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Mo Hayder has written some of the most terrifying crime thrillers you will ever read. Her first novel, Birdman, was hailed as a 'first-class shocker' by the Guardian and her follow-up, The Treatment was voted by the Times one of 'the top ten most scary thrillers ever written' Mo's books are 100% authentic, drawing on her long research association with several UK police forces and on her personal encounters with criminals and prostitutes. She now lives in England's West Country and is a full-time writer. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Caffery puts a team together: DC Prody, just coming off four years as a traffic copy; DS Paluzzi [nicknamed 'Lollapalooza'], DS Turner, and at some point Phoebe ['Flea'] Marley, now a support-group sergeant who also runs the Underwater Search Unit. ['She'd got her dumb nickname as a child because people told her she never looked before she leaped. And because of her irritating, incurable energy.'] There are secrets in both Caffery's and Flea's lives that play in the back of their thoughts, coincidentally both involving siblings; children at risk are also a large part of the plot. The investigation takes a different turn when Flea tells Caffery there have been two other incidents closely following the same pattern, and they realize this was not just a random act.
The characters are very well-drawn and intriguing, especially Flea, who remembers her father telling her as a child 'We don't give up in this family. It's against the Marley code. Ancient belief system. Bad things happen when you do - - it's like flying the face of nature.' And that persistent nature is a good part of what makes her such a terrific cop, and fascinating individual.Read more ›
This is an all-nighter police procedural that has Jack Caffery on the case of a supposed carjacker who takes a car with a girl in the back seat. The girl is not found and the realization is made that he didn't want the car but the girl. Then it happens again. Another car, another girl, this time much younger. With statistics showing that child abductors kill their victims sooner than later, the team is on a race against time. Flea comes to Caffery and tells him about two previous unsuccessful attempts that are identical and this helps the team start to put together a case. Separately, the book focuses of Flea, as an individual and how the events from the previous book "Skin" have affected her emotionally and on the job as she tries to put herself together but she also notices Jack's complete change in manner towards her.
The story is clever. There are turns that move the plot in different directions but guessing the identity of the culprit wasn't exactly hard, though Hayder does keep you with a tiny seed of doubt until the final reveal. A thoroughly enjoyable police procedural. But also very much tied to previous books, especially "Skin", so should not be read out of order or at least not before "Skin", since Skin's whole shocker is outed in "Gone".
Why do I give the book a rating of three if it's a clever, enjoyable police procedural? Because when I read Mo Hayder I am expecting a whole lot more than enjoyable. I have read all her books and am a huge fan. Words I usually use to describe her books are gruesome, disturbing, weird, roller-coaster ride, heart-thumping, breath-holding, twists and turns, a shocker!Read more ›
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This wasn't my favourite Mo Hayder novel, she spends too much time on Flea Marley for it to keep the book flowing in my opinion, and the perpetrator was pretty obvious and... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kerrie Bann
i am bias i love Mo Hayder and read all i can of hers alway keeps you hanging rigth to the end you just dont want it to end
plus i know i can find any thing i... Read more