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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press; 1st Edition edition (14 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 059306383X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593063835
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.7 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 304,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mo Hayder has written some of the most terrifying crime thrillers you will ever read. Her first novel, Birdman, was hailed as a 'first-class shocker' by the Guardian and her follow-up, The Treatment was voted by the Times one of 'the top ten most scary thrillers ever written'. Mo's books are 100% authentic, drawing on her long research association with several UK police forces and on her personal encounters with criminals and prostitutes. She left school at 15 and has worked as a barmaid, security guard, English teacher, and even a hostess in a Tokyo club.

She has an MA in film making from the American University in Washington DC and an MA in creative writing from Bath Spa University. She now lives in England's West Country and is a full-time writer. For more information on Mo Hayder and her books, see her website at www.mohayder.net.

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"an authentically disturbing gripping winner." (FT Weekend)

"With Mo Hayder you never know where you are going until you get there. A chiller to the very end." (THE TIMES)

"She handles the plot with all the expertise and flair that her earlier work leads you to expect." (SUNDAY TIMES)

"Hayder is an excellent writer...She has the priceless ability to keep you turning the pages...especially with the novel's sly and beautifully finessed twist in the tail." (SPECTATOR)

"...an incendiary scenario, one that Hayder dispatches with her customary power." (Good Book Guide, Oct 11)

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How far would you go to protect the one you love? The new standalone bestseller by the UK's most terrifying thriller writer.

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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful By OEJ TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 May 2011
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In what I assume is the third 'stand-alone' novel from Mo Hayder (after the outstanding Tokyo and opinion-dividing Pig Island), Hanging Hill is set in the author's current-day homeland in and around Bath and is based on two long-estranged sisters Sally and Zoë Benedict who by something of a credibility-stretching coincidence are brought together by a combination of the murder of a teenage girl and the seemingly unrelated disappearance of a wealthy but sleazy businessman. Zoë is a headstrong police detective with a shadowy past, Sally a very different easy-going single-mum struggling to make ends meet. The thread to the story begins with the brutal murder of sixteen-year-old Lorne Wood, a former schoolfriend of Sally's daughter Millie - and Zoë is brought in to investigate. Meanwhile Sally gets an opportunity to boost her income by working part-time in the mansion of a man who has made his fortune in the world of pornography but who may or may not be targeted by a London-based man suspected of trafficking girls from Kosovo.

Although most of the fundamental components of a good story are carried off with professional aplomb - prose, character-building and the creation of suspense and tension - it never quite gelled until the final quarter when it became quite gripping. One of my main concerns had been that while Zoë is a police detective she rarely seemed to act like one and in fact very nearly all of her activities within this tale are independent and outside of the murder investigation; it felt as if being a cop was almost an incidental part of her make-up even if as a character she was more than interesting.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Big Book Little Book on 9 Mar 2012
Format: Hardcover
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Oh how I love Mo Hayder. She's one of those authors where if I see that she's released a new book, I'll instantly purchase / borrow the book without even bothering to read the synopsis as I just know I'll enjoy it!

For those of you who have not yet found Mo's literary charms but like crime thrillers then a word of warning. Mo's stories are pretty dark and disturbing and she is one of the few writers that actually made me so scared when reading her earlier works, 'The Birdman' and, 'The Treatment' I actually debated whether to skip a few pages as I was struggling to cope with the intensity of the action and the grim realisation that Mo has absolutely no qualms about favoured characters or vulnerable innocents suffering unspeakable horrors.

It was then, a few chapters into reading 'Hanging Hill', that I got that sense of foreboding that I was once again being invited into a very dark world. This time it involves adolescent young girls who are usually forced into the sex industry and get involved with some very nasty characters indeed who operate both in the UK and abroad.

The story focuses on two estranged sisters in their 30's. Zoë, is the beautiful police officer with Amazonian attributes. She's a fighter but emotionally stunted and self abusive when she needs to regain control. Sally is the stereotypical well to do housewife who has become overly reliant on her husband, that is, until he leaves her and starts a new family. She then has to learn the hard way that her carefree ways don't necessarily serve her well when she has a teenage daughter to look after and ever increasing bills and repairs to pay.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J.Flood on 7 Sep 2011
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Sally and Zoe Benedict are two estranged sisters, living in Bath. Sally, recently divorced, is working for a cleaning company, while Zoe is a detective. Their paths come together, as one of Sally's daughter's friends is murdered, and Zoe is investigating the crime.

This book is not as hard hitting as some of this author's other works. There are also a lot of coincidences in the plot, which I found annoying. Having said that, overall, the story is not too bad, and it kept me interested, but it is not the best novel by this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER on 21 July 2011
Format: Hardcover
This has quite a few of Hayder's trademarks: a dark, sometimes scary narrative - yet at times it goes too far and becomes completely unconvincing. I don't want to give away spoilers but Millie's `problem' and Sally's `predicament' were just not believable for me. The attempt, too, to turn Zoe into a female version of dark Jack Caffery didn't really work, and her `off-road' behaviour was unconvincing.

That said, if you can put your disbelief on hold, there is a gripping narrative here - and I loved the ending. Hayder's ability, too, to delineate character through speech works particularly well.

So I'm mixed in my response: in lots of ways Hayder doesn't quite manage to pull this off, and yet deserves the credit for refusing to just settle into the usual clichés of the genre. She's more interesting and less predictable than many thriller writers out there - but this is not the best that she can do.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AvidReader on 22 Nov 2013
Format: Paperback
I found this book really hard work to read. The characters seemed one dimensional and none of them worth liking. Such a shame as I've enjoyed previous Mo Hayder books. Will be a while until my next one.
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