Longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2010.
DI JACK CAFFERY - a London cop in self-exile in Bristol who is running from his past, now working in tandem with a local female police diver. Not for the faint-hearted, a series that explores the heart of darkness and chills to the bones. SKIN is the 4th in the series.
It might be advisable to read Ritual before you read Skin as there are certain plot follow-ups to Ritual in this book. Mo Hayder is a writer who can be quite graphic with her descriptions of murders but if you can handle that you will find her a gripping and fascinating story teller.
When the decomposed body of a young woman is found near railway tracks just outside Bristol one morning, all indications are that she's committed suicide. That's how the police want it too; all neatly squared and tidied away.
But DI Jack Caffery is not so sure. He is on the trail of someone predatory, someone who hides in the shadows and can slip into houses unseen. And for the first time in a very long time, he feels scared.
Police Diver Flea Marley is working alongside Caffery. With the traumas of her past safely behind her, she's beginning to wonder whether their relationship could go beyond the professional. But then she finds something that changes everything. Not only is it far too close to home for comfort - it's so horrifying that she knows that nothing will ever be the same again.
And this time, no one - not even Caffery - can help her.
'Hayder has a profound ability to shock and surprise her readers. She is the bravest writer I know.' Karin Slaughter
'Hayder is the closest we've got to Stephen King ... the goriest thriller writer this side of the pond.' Mirror
'Hayder is not a subdued writer. Her characters are almost as chilling as the horrors that they are investigating. The inner demons of Caffery and Marley make the turmoils of Rankin's Rebus or Mankell's Wallender seem puny and adolescent... She writes and plots with panache. Macabre, yes, but also absorbing and hugely entertaining.' The Times
'Warped ... bloodthirsty ... No matter how much you despise yourself for getting sucked into such places, Hayder is brilliant at making you read on.' Daily Telegraph
'Hayder's gory insights into the dark are compelling.' Guardian
Publication date: 19/11/2009
Publisher: Bantam Books an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publication date: 26/03/2009
Publisher: Bantam Press
|Publication date:||19th November 2009|
|Publisher:||Bantam Books an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Crime & mystery,|
After leaving school at fifteen, Mo Hayder worked as a barmaid, security guard, film-maker, hostess in a Tokyo club, educational administrator and teacher of English as a foreign language in Asia. She has an MA in creative writing from Bath Spa University, where she now teaches. She is the author of Birdman, The Treatment, which won the 2001 WHSmith Thumping Good Read Award, and Tokyo, all published by Bantam Books. In 2011 Mo Hayder was shortlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library, awarded to an author for a body of work. Maxim Jakubowski's view on DI JACK CAFFERY... A ...More About Mo Hayder