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.
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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.
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I don’t particularly care for murder mysteries, some are good sure – but overall it’s not my genre. Knowing me, I must have downloaded this book because it takes place in London and I love that city. I expressly don’t care for abhorrent depravity and this novel was filled to the brim with it! Ugh! What was I thinking? It was so revolting and hard to stomach.
So why did I read on? Simple: I wanted to know how it ended.
I just feel traumatized now, it was not worth it! I need to read something nice and fluffy now to “clean” my brain after that sickening repulsive experience.
This story is too realistic and gory for me. The writing is good the reader is too good. I just do not have an appetite for too much reality and cruelty.6
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.
This is the first audio book that I have enjoyed completely. A huge reason in my positive appraisal of this book, is due to the narrator. Super job! Do note that this story is Not for the squeemish! The actions of the killer are detailed and graphic.
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.
Just the right pace to keep you reading. Every character seems alive. Makes your stomach churn at the right moments. Really tight, short chapters. The crimes are pretty grisly, but Jack Caffery is pretty intriguing and the mystery is good. I'm definitely into this series for the long haul.
I have to admit that I'm a total Audible junkie. MUST have book going at all times. I may be the subject of a family intervention someday.
Well done, maybe not memorable but entertaining in a you-can't-look-away-car-accident way. kind of reminds me of Val McDermid. Held my attention throughout. Features one of the more disgustingly creepy villains I've read about lately.
You will squirm with disgust at the vile acts in this book- but if escapism, police procedure, and psychopaths- plus a talented narration- are your thing, then I urge you to give this book a try.
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