Sunday, July 10, 2011

Ritual: A Novel by Mo Hayder

While I love Mo Hayder and thought Birdman and The Treatment were real page-turners, Pig Island really didn't do it for me. The characters are unlikable and unreal, their actions are sometimes out of character, and the evil villain never really materializes.

So I was thrilled to see that Ritual: A Novel brings back DI Jack Caffery in a chilling tale of occult practices and the drug underground. He and the other main character, police diver Flea Marley, each have their own set of baggage which they keep bottled up and reveal to each other in bits and pieces.

Hayder's stories are always gripping, detail oriented, and sometimes horrific. Ritual is no exception. I loved it and I can't wait for the next one with these characters.

Here's the blurb from Amazon:

"Just after lunch on a Tuesday in April, 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 hand belong to a young man who has recently disappeared. Their search for him—and for his abductor—lead 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."

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