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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (19 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553820508
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553820508
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,111 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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"Hayder has a profound ability to shock and surprise her readers. She is the bravest writer I know" (Karin Slaughter)

"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 is the closest we've got to Stephen King ... the goriest thriller writer this side of the pond" (Mirror)

"Hayder's gory insights into the dark are compelling" (Guardian)

"Fast paced and absorbing ... complex and gripping" (Guardian)

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'Warped ... bloodthirsty ... No matter how much you despise yourself for getting sucked into such places, Hayder is brilliant at making you read on' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Funk Monkey on 29 July 2009
Format: Hardcover
Mo Hayder's Skin is a seriously enjoyable read. I wasn't very keen on her last book (the 1st part of the trilogy) Ritual but looking back it was pretty good and creepy. Police diver Flea Marley's plot line, whilst far fetched, served the book well and It was great to see the return of a certain pint sized villain. The denouement is truly inspired. I was pretty spooked and If you don't like the idea of plunging into deep, dark quarries in the dead of night so will you be! Very cool ending that promises a lot for next years final installment. Mo's an author who's imagination I'm more than happy to follow in to the dark abyss. Highly recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. Reed on 4 July 2010
Format: Paperback
if you have never read mo hayder before i warn you - some of this is quite disturbing! but i have to admit, although sometimes i could feel my stomach turning whilst reading parts and quite a few times by partner's sleep would be disturbed by me going "ewww!!!", it means that now i find other books too tame!

this is part of a series, i made the mistake of reading "ritual" then "skin", but then I read "the treatment", followed by "birdman"...COMPLETELY THE WRONG ORDER! it didnt really make a huge difference but some of things revealed in the earlier books would have been useful to know during the later books. i would start with "birdman", then it goes "treatment", "ritual", "skin" (which actually starts the day after the last day of "ritual") and then "gone" (which i have just start - ooo so excited)

I think mo hayder is fantastic, the subjects she touches on are so gruesome and guaranteed to push your button at some point - in a good way!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By O E J TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Jun. 2009
Format: Hardcover
There was a time, and not long ago, when I rated Mo Hayder one of the best crime fiction writers around in Britain. She got off to an outstanding start with Birdman and The Treatment (both featuring Jack Caffery as front-man) and then she delivered Tokyo, which I personally thought was even better, and remains her most under-rated work to date. Then something happened, something that I am at a loss to explain. She gave us the almost universally derided Pig Island, a one-off story, but then in 2008 fans eagerly snapped up Ritual, the long awaited third instalment in the Caffery series. And that was a big disappointment.

Skin is the fourth, and it carries on where Ritual left off - it's disappointing too. I could do without Flea Marley, frankly, and The Walking Man too - I just want JC as we remembered him from the days of old. It really does feel as if Caffery is a different character and in turn the writer is actually a different person too. Assuming that Mo Hayder hasn't had a personality transplant, then why fix something that wasn't broke? We only ever had two good Caffery outings, so it's not as if Mo was struggling to come up with something new. When you think of the likes of Rebus or Brunetti, just to pick two names out of the air, it's evident that if the character's 'right' - as Caffery surely was - then there's no need to change anything, just let them age naturally and wrap decent stories around them.

So what's the story in Skin? Well, a decomposed body of a woman is found near the Bristol railway line with all signs pointing to suicide. The police want it like that too, all neat and tidy, but guess who isn't so sure. Yes: DI J. Caffery. I can't remember which one it was but I'm sure Michael Connelly wrote a Bosch story several years ago based on a similar premise.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jozone on 24 May 2011
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Another great page turner from Mo Hayder, I love the Jack Caffrey books as well as all her others. Regarding the reviews that say it isn't very believable, I have to agree, however this is what I love about books, I don't want to read something believable, I want to be taken away from real life, the same way that a film does.

Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lance Mitchell on 30 Aug. 2010
Format: Paperback
There are plenty of missing persons and dead bodies scattered throughout this book.

Some of the circumstances are linked, some are not. That keeps the reader thinking throughout.

On top of all this, the two principal police officers involved have their own personal problems, which become more complicated as soon as their paths cross. One is a female sergeant who leads a dive team, the other is a male detective inspector who works in the major crimes unit.

There is the horror left in the wake of a skin collector, and a fair amount of African ritual and suspicion.

To say any more would only spoil the read for you.

Personally, I found the ending to be a bit of an anti-climax. You may not, so I would recommend that you read the story for yourself.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. P. R. Harris on 10 Aug. 2009
Format: Hardcover
I am not usually compelled to contribute to the review pages here but having read some of the negative offerings here I had to try and redress the balance...

In Jack Caffery Mo Hayder has created a believably human character, enmeshed in storylines that are painstakingly accurately researched. They are the sort of 'real' storylines that some people would evidently rather pretend don't occur in everyday life - unfortunately they do and Mo Hayder, through Jack Caffery, brings them vividly to life in a fictional setting.

Yes, read the JC novels in chronological order the better to understand the character developement - I can't wait for the next installment...
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