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Pig Island by [Hayder, Mo]
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"Mo Hayder has a profound ability to shock and surprise her readers, and Pig Island surpasses anything she has written before. She's the bravest writer I know" (Karin Slaughter)

"Mo Hayder is the closest thing we've got to Stephen King, which is close enough...the goriest thriller writer this side of the pond" (Mirror)

"She has created the most warped and bloodthirsty visions of psychopathic behaviour. No matter how much you might despise yourself for getting sucked into such places, she is brilliant at making you read on" (Daily Telegraph)

"Hayder’s writing is, as ever, briskly paced and fluid" (The Times)

"Hayder has always had the unrivalled ability to conjure up grotesqueries that chill, but here she outdoes herself" (Observer)

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"Hayder has always had the unrivalled ability to conjure up grotesqueries that chill, but here she outdoes herself."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1150 KB
  • Print Length: 484 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (27 May 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031RS2MM
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 163 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,038 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have been a fan of Mo since the superb Birdman, but felt a little deflated by this latest offering. It says it is the most terrifying book you will read this year. I do not believe it will be.

The story is OK and you can imagine a film at some point in the future; but there is nothing out of the ordinary, which is what I personally have come to expect from this author; she usually manages to shock in a world where shocking has become more difficult almost on a daily basis.

It is difficult to engage or sympathise with any of the characters, other than possibly those on the island, but their involvement in the story as a whole is somewhat limited.

Having said that, its still worth reading as it will be better than 75% of the mass market books readers will be taking on holiday, and at least its not about a conspiracy in one religon or another, or about a quest for any type of holy grail!

If you have never read Mo before, this would not be a good introduction; read any of her previous three before starting this one, and judge for yourself.

Please Mo; back to a traditional, yet twisted, crime novel next time!
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Format: Hardcover
This book was rubbish. I thought from the cover that it would be exciting and scary. It was infact a no starter. I felt no empathy whatsoever with any of the characters so I didn't care what happened to them. I spotted the ending a mile off and was just waiting for the other characters to catch up, which they never did. I waited for the whole book for the story to actually start, then the ending was totally far fetched and just not feasible. I have just finished reading the book and am really annoyed at the lack of closure at the end. It seems to me that maybe the writer ran out of time and so just had to put something together quickly to finish the book. In my opinion just don't bother.
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Format: Paperback
At first glance of the cover of this book, my mind went into overdrive. Reccommended by one of my favourite authors, and also a gripping title i thought for sure that this book would captivate my eager little mind, as the title was exciting and the advertising lulled me in. Before starting this book i thought it best to read the other online reviews, and i was a little dissapointed to say the least, however i began reading with hope.

The beginning, although good in itself, does draw you into a false sense of foreboding thrill, I did begin to question the reviews. However, upon reaching the middle, the plot started to unravel rather quickly, switching to a new perspective and indeed a new story teller. I was a little confused and i started to lose my interest in the book, having to concentrate on characters and in-story stories took away my imagination.

Ever the hopefull person i am, i battled on in search of a good book, but came accros a very weak ending. Mo just seems to give up and throw anything at the reader.

The ending just didn't captivate me,and i dont think i would buy another book from her, i reccommend sticking to Karin Slaughter whose story lines are beyond real, and keep you guessing right till the back cover.
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WOW! I could hardly put this book down! Twists, turns, mystery, suspense, intrigue. A little gruesome and grotesque in places as Mo Hayder usually is, but I found the writing style so descriptive and engrossing i felt like I was actually "there". The plot was strong and the ending of the book finished with a major twist without explaining the "how". Initially I was disappointed feeling that an extra explanation chapter was required. However, in hindsight this was obviously deliberate as I have been thinking it over and over since finishing the book and will result in me reading this again in a different frame of mind!! If you can manage Mo Hayder's usual detailed goriness then this is a "must read" in my opinion.
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I was another enticed by the spooky cover and "the most terifying thriller you'll read this year" quip. And I must admit; I read the first third or so at the speed of light- loved it. There was action, drama, suspense, and certain parts were genuinely creepy. The main character, while some sort of northener, was fairly likeable and added some dry humour. The constant referral to himself of himself as "Oaksey" was annoying though- who actually refers to themself as their nickname?!

But then I hit the wall, in athletes terms. The story seemed to climax around about a third of the way through, leaving the rest of the story piecing all the rest together mainfully laboriously, with chapters donated by his 'add-nothing', 'annoy the reader because you're pointless and a moron' wife. Look love, we couldn't give a fish's nipple if you fancy your boss or not, lets get back to hunting Malachi can we?

After wading through chapters and chapters of nothing really happening other than a random act of raping molestation by Oaksey's wife on the girl they 'adopt', another "okay so what was the point of that" moments, we eventually got to the end. If I hadn't already been bored to tears with it, I would now be confused to tears also. The ending totally baffled me, and to this day I've not got a clue what actually happened. Bizarre. It seemed like Mo just thought, "well we need some sort of ending-twist...this'll make no sense but what the heck lets bung it in" effort. Rubbish.

The first third is well worth reading though, hence the 3 stars. Once you get there, as suggested by another reviewee, just toss it aside; it really isn't worth the effort to plough through and then get totally bemused by the ending, rendering the whole ploughing-through process as pointless.
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