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 u..Show More »nderstand 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.
Police diver Phoebe 'Flea' Marley discovers a human hand in a Bristol harbour. DI Jack Caffrey, newly moved to Bristol from London, responds to Flea's..Show More » suggestion that the case deserves more than a cursory handling. A second hand is soon found and when they learn that the person to whom the hands belonged was probably alive when they were severed the investigation moves into overdrive. This is not your standard police procedural. It's far more concerned with the psychological elements of crime and the things that motivate all the players. Flea and Jack both have personal demons that influence their behaviour and the kind of officers they are. The story too is a complex one with many concurrent themes the strongest of which is that almost all the characters have some element of their past that haunts or troubles them in their current lives. But Hayder explores other issues too including the way people deal, or don't deal, with being transplanted from their own culture and the role that family bonds play at all layers of society. She also looks at an urban drug culture and the industry that thrives on exploiting the vulnerable within that culture. Funnily enough, the one element of the book that I struggled with was the inclusion of the more traditional crime fiction elements, like the fairly obvious false trails and red herrings, which I didn't think were handled quite as well as the psychological elements of the book. I've not read any of the Jack Caffrey books before so I don't know how this compares to others but I was certainly captivated by this story. If you imagine TRAINSPOTTING meets MCCALLUM you might get a sense of this world and the fact I was an hour late for work this morning is the best evidence I have that it's an utterly gripping read.
I have just downloaded a second of her books. Interested? Yes I am. The characters are plausable...Show More »r/>The story is interesting and a little scary,
It is a part of a series and the most recent available on Audible. So perhaps, in my not being familiar with what has gone before I may be losing something. Keeping that in mind I also figure a story can hold its own.
For me though Mo Hayder is good enough to listen to a second of her books in the series.
In a way she is setting her own style in letting her characters be themselves and I do find that interesting. While the series does follow a main character, the story line and plots explores how people do respond to and react to others and how this influences what happens next.
No super hero as such, but a team with a team leader is viewed in action. The ideosyncratic motivations and interactions are followed, and so there are sub plots. It is these that I expect do develop through the series.
Other reviews were good but I just couldn't get into it. I have tried for 2 days to find something interesting about this book but just can't. I know..Show More » and respect people who love this book. Just goes to show that not all books are for all people. I am an avid listener and am always looking for a new author but I couldn't find anything to like about this book.