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Ritual | [Mo Hayder]

Ritual

Nine feet under water, police diver Flea Marley closes her gloved fingers around a human hand. The fact that there's no body attached is disturbing enough. Even more disturbing is the discovery, a day later, of the matching hand. Both have been recently amputated, and the indications are that the victim was still alive when they were removed. DI Jack Caffery has been newly seconded to the Major Crime Investigation Unit in Bristol. He and Flea soon establish that the hands belong to a young man who has recently disappeared.
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Publisher's Summary

Nine feet under water, police diver Flea Marley closes her gloved fingers around a human hand. The fact that there's no body attached is disturbing enough. Even more disturbing is the discovery, a day later, of the matching hand. Both have been recently amputated, and the indications are that the victim was still alive when they were removed. DI Jack Caffery has been newly seconded to the Major Crime Investigation Unit in Bristol. He and Flea soon establish that the hands belong to a young man who has recently disappeared. Their search leads them into the darkest recesses of Bristol's underworld, where drug addiction is rife, where street-kids sell themselves for a hit, and where one of Africa's most disturbing rituals may be making an unexpected appearance.

©2008 Mo Hayder (P)2013 Dreamscape Media, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Readers looking for visceral thrills need look no further than this gritty English series." (Publishers Weekly, Starred Review)

"Hayder has long been a master at blending crime and horror genres, but this time she outdoes herself, flip-flopping the supernatural and the explainable like a cycle of poison and antidote that will remain with the reader long after the final page." (Booklist, Starred Review)

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    "Narrator is so awful I had to stop."
    What would have made Ritual better?

    A different narrator! Wincott is so sing-songing and "posh" it's grating. I got through about five chapters and then had to stop. I'll skip the next Hayder too simply to avoid his performance.


    What was most disappointing about Mo Hayder’s story?

    I didn't get through enough of it to judge.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Mr. Wincott's voice is lovely but ill-suited to the material.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None I can think of.


    Any additional comments?

    N/A

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    D. Oakland, CA, United States 04-19-14
    D. Oakland, CA, United States 04-19-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Male narrators,"
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    Male narrators! Please, oh please, oh please, stop reading female voices by whispering and/or trying to raise the pitch of your voice. It sounds ridiculous & is super distracting. Just read female characters in your normal voice; we'll be able to figure it out. Trust me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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