A tedious work filled with artifice in which a rather thin story line is padded out with reams of irrelevent detail(a good example is a comprhensive d..Show More »escription of the contents of a bathroom cabinet when the character is merely taking out travel sickness medication). Overwelmed by all this dross, one is left with little sympathy for the main protagonists, especially the lady who is simply irritating.
The faintly patronising delivery of the reader does not help - I felt rather like a child being read a bedtime story, albeit a rather gruesome one.
Anyone looking for an 'out of the way' detective novel would be much better served by turning to Ian Rankin (Rebus) or for a touch of the bizarre Peter James (Roy Grace)
After reading Ritual and enjoying it immensely, I couldn't wait to read the next book in the series. Thankfully, Skin did not disapoint: the story pr..Show More »ovided the same calibre of excellence found in Ritual, with an exciting and gritty plot. As with Ritual, the main characters are extremely likeable. I enjoyed the book from start to finish.
Unlike other reviewers, I really enjoyed Andrew Wincott's narration, I think his use of different voices for each character is very well done and can only serve to improve the enjoyment of the story. I suppose like anything else, it's simply a matter of personal preference.
This is one of the best detective stories I have read (or heard!). It was well-read and the plot was gripping - couldn't put it down. I have pre-selec..Show More »ted two more Mo Hayder books for next month. Admittedly the ending was a little 'Hollywood', but I didn't mind as it was so well constructed and I enjoyed the twists in the plot.
I loved Mo Hayder's early novels but have been so disappointed by the most recent ones that it took me a long time to decide to download this one. I a..Show More »m so glad that I did and cannot wait for the next Jack Caffrey. The beginning is so creepy and terrifying that I almost gave up listening but it is this creepiness that entices you in to the characters and the story. It is so excellently constructed that for most of the novel I really did not know where it was going and was constantly surprised. Unlike many current crime novels Hayder does not resort to cliches but uses plot and excellent characterisation to keep you listening. Jot Davies also narrates this excellently and I hope he continues to narrate the Caffrey series.