Birdman showcases Hayder at her spine-tingling best as beloved series character Jack Caffery tracks down a terrifying serial killer. In his first case as lead investigator with London's crack murder squad, Detective Jack Caffery is called on to investigate the murder of a young woman whose body has been discovered near the Millennium Dome in Greenwich, southeast London. Brutalized, and mutilated beyond recognition, the victim is soon joined by four others discovered in the same area - all female and all ritualistically murdered. And when the postmortem examination reveals a gruesome signature connecting the victims, Caffery realizes exactly what he's dealing with - a dangerous serial killer.
©1999 Mo Hayder (P)2004 ISIS Productions, Ltd
I don't know about you, but why are there so so so many 5 star reviews. I LOVE books, but so few are 5 star.
The story was great... that said I felt it was too bogged down by the detailed barbarities. I don't expect an author to sugar coat things. I fully understand the need to convey concepts that are unimaginable, even disturbing. However, scenes of violence and inhumanity, much like scenes of sex can easily cross over from being descriptive to unnecessarily explicit, vulgar.
I did enjoy the story, it was not predictable or implausable. Although another reviewer remarked on the cliche of prostitutes and drug addicts, this is an unfortunate statistical fact. It was a good listen overall, but buyer beware.
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
Black is a color, darkness is color's absence. Hayder comes very close to black. Certainly she goes places where the the fog makes you really uncomfortable even in mid day. Unfortunately Damien Goodwin isn't alway's the best guide through the murk since his various voices are often too British authentic for my American ears. Sometimes I wished that this Audio Book had subtitles.
Regardless, the book's bumps of dark patches and Goodwin's garbles don't overcome the way Hayder writes. If your ears can navigate Goodwin's regionalisms... and a trip through some very dark scenes... Well, enjoy.
Yes, but I would be very selective about who I recommended this to. This was my first Hayder and I was frankly surprised that Mo Hayder is a woman. Her books are very violent with a large helping of gratuitous sex thrown in. Some of her situations are downright cringe worthy.
I couldn't stop listening. I had to get to the end. Every time you think you have it figured out, something else gets thrown in.
No, but he's spectacular. I was really annoyed that I got to Hayder #3 and she switched narrators on me. He's just so good.
I just love a damaged leading man! And Jack Caffery is the perfect protagonist in that regard. He's f'd up, for sure. :)
Not for the faint of heart.
I mostly listen to books while exercising, which pretty much explains all of the action/thrillers on my list.
This is a very gross story, but it is very well done and you definitely get caught up in Jack Caffrey, the main police character. For whatever reason, I tend to like this stuff, but I definitely would not recommend it for the faint of heart.
The intensity that just kept on going.... I didnt want to put it down!
Changing of his voice helped to keep following along.
There were several unexpected twists and turns with this book, and even the entrance a new charachter mid way through really made you think!
looking for a good read
yes and am doing so
yes. like the twists and turns
parts of it were gruesome
A truly warped mind. but I love it.
Was recommended to this author by friend. Story was ok-nothing terribly unique-just another freaking sicko. The narrators was ok. my biggest issue was the time spacing. In a handheld book , in a chapter where there are breaks to change the scene or people that break is obvious- in an audio book it is the narrator and the director that determine that correct pause. This was the biggest issue with this book. You are listening and all of a sudden you realize you are hearing about a totally different character or scenario but there was no or way too short of a pause, so short its unrecognizable.
It wasn't so bad I wouldn't listen to the next in the series.
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