One morning in picture-perfect Bath, England, a teenage girl's body is found on the towpath of a canal: Lorne Woods - beautiful, popular, and apparently the victim of a disturbingly brutal murder. Zoe Benedict - Harley-riding police detective, independent to a fault - is convinced the department head needs to look beyond the usual domestic motives to solve the case. Meanwhile, Zoe's sister, Sally - recently divorced and in dire financial straits - has begun working as a housekeeper for a rich entrepreneur who quickly begins to seem possibly dangerous. When Zoe's investigation turns up evidence that Lorne's attempts to break into modeling had delivered her into the world of webcam girls and amateur porn, a crippling secret from Zoe's past seems determined to emerge.
©2011 Mo Hayder (P)2012 Dreamscape Media, LLC
Yes, the story really keeps your interest. I was pleased that the usual rules of behavior were bent for the main characters.
The story built well until it droppped you off the cliff at the end
I find it very frustrating when an author pulls a Soprano-like ending. I don't want to use my imagination as to what happened. If I wanted to write my own end, I would be an author. I'm not; finish your book!
With a warning
yes it was a really good book with twists and turns.
Don't know but enjoyed this one.
I was totally caught up in the story.
I also felt like I was left hanging at the end so much I was sure there had to be another book. My choice only ,nothing wrong with the book I just need to feel it's finished when they say the end. I hope this isn't a spoiler for anyone else.
Worth the wait. The first half hour or so frustrated me, but it all sorted itself out and it turned out to be a pretty good book. Well worth what I paid for it.
The ending was surprising and it left me wanting more.
I've only listened to the audio version and really enjoyed the narrator's performance.
Overall, it was an intriguing story so I would recommend it, but I'd let my friends know how much the characters weighed on my nerves. I just couldn't seem to find anyone to root for.
I enjoyed her performance of David Goldrab.
Suspense at every turn and all roads lead to Hanging Hill...
Hope the author's working on a sequel. So many questions left unanswered...
Yes. The first three quarters of the book leads you to believe the ending will be predictable and that you understand what is happening. You don't. Also, so many books have a storyline that does not comport with the narrator's style. This one has the right narrator for the right story.
As I mentioned above, this book is all about the ending. I don't want to give it away so just read (listen) it. You will not be disappointed.
The narrator is superb. You fell as though you are in England; you are walking the streets; you are hearing the crowds and the traffic; and you are asking the questions.
Not an emotional reaction but a psychological one. It was great!
This book reminds me of Tana French's books, which is mostly a good thing. It has an interesting plot but is very character driven. I sort of wish at least one of the characters was moderately likeable, but they're all pretty awful. Well written, well developed characters, but I wouldn't want to have a beer with a single one of them.
This book was so good that as soon as I finished listening to it, I immediately turned around and listened to it all over again. The ending of the book was so shocking that I had to go back and see what clues I had missed.
I am a Mo Hayder fan and have loved everything she has written. Hanging Hill is no exception.
This is a stand-alone novel which focuses on two estranged sisters who haven't seen or spoken to each other in years, even though they both live in the same city. Zoe is a headstong police officer with a secret past. Her divorced and somewhat annoyingly stupid sister Sally is a single parent with a spoiled and headstrong teenage daughter. The sisters are reunited as a result of the murder of another teenage girl.
There are many red herrings in the story, and it's a grim comedy of errors which ends up having dire consequences.
The narration is great, the character development is wonderful, and the plot is masterful. It may be a little graphic for those with delicate constitutions, but there is nothing gratuitous about any of the violence or murder in the book.
It's a great thriller and gets two thumbs up.
An avid reader who cherishes my time with a good book!
I was surprised that I did not enjoy this book more, I have been a big fan of Mo Hayder since reading the Devil of Nanking and Birdman. This book seemed a bit dry, a little hard to get through. While I'm not typically bothered by the graphic scenes in her books, this one had one that went a little longer than I was comfortable with. The sisters did not hold my interest, I could not invest myself in their lives. They seemed like very two dimensional characters from an author who has had such memorable ones. There are many more titles that I would recommend for Hayder fans before this one.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. I did think it was a little gross (I'll not give anything away) and the "grossness" could have been more believable if the male character with the mutilation plan would have been built up to be a very high profile agent instead of just a financial agent. I know that's a little convoluted, but I don't want to give too much away.
The ending really sets you up for the next book and continuation of these characters, which I liked.
Rosalyn Landor is one of my favorite narrators, but I typically listen to historical romance and I had a hard time envisioning the characters in this book with her "posh" (at least it's posh to me) British accent. Her accent is perfect for historical romance, but I didn't think it fit well in this murder mystery. BUT --- she delivers a very solid and enjoyable performance.
The ending was a bit disappointing.
I liked the fact that Sally and Zoe were sisters.
It was fine, nothing that really stood out, but fine.
It could, but it's not necessary, the story is essentially over.
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