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Ritual (Jack Caffery) Hardcover – 10 Mar 2008

3.8 out of 5 stars 145 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press; First Edition edition (10 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593056418
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593056417
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.5 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 960,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When it comes to crime novels designed to chill the blood in their unblinking treatment of the darkest recesses of human behaviour, Mo Hayder is unquestionably in the forefront of British practitioners in the field. What is even more striking is the fact that more than any other female writer, she is moving comfortably in the bloody territory that has long been the traditional prerogative of male writers, and never for a second allows her writing to be any less disturbing than that of her male confrères.

Ritual is par for a course where this writer is concerned: a tough, scarifying novel, delivered with maximum narrative rigour. A police diver discovers a severed human hand in Bristol's floating harbour. Shortly afterwards, another hand -- from the same victim -- is found buried underneath a restaurant. The severed hands are those of a young heroin addict who has recently gone missing from the Bristol drugs scene. A police diver, Flea Marley, finds herself joining forces with DI Jack Caffrey, recently seconded to the Major Crime Investigation unit. Jack is attempting to come to terms with the murder of his brother, but finds himself more than occupied with the details of the death of Mossy, the young heroin addict. It appears that the latter has become embroiled in a sinister black market trade stemming from Africa, where the value of human life is held at less than nothing. Jack and Flea form an uneasy alliance, tackling together a world steeped in the most appalling torture and abuse of human life. Those who have read the powerful predecessors to this novel (such as Birdman and The Treatment) will know what to expect. Mo Hayder is always reliable in delivering riveting (if deeply uncomfortable) reads. --Barry Forshaw

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'A gruesomely involving, imaginative story...a gripping book, high on atmosphere, convincing in its portrayal of major and minor characters and their emotions, and totally involving to the reader'
-- EUROCRIME

'If it's real terror you're after, Mo Hayder is your woman...Hayder is a brave writer and she requires brave readers'
-- DAILY MAIL, 25 April 2008

'Mo Hayder, like all the best crime writers, is inimitable. She surpasses even Ruth Rendell in her ability to find horror in everyday things...Intensely enthralling'
-- THE OBSERVER, 16 March 2008

'Tapping into the current western fascination with folk magic and alternative religion, RITUAL is a vivid and thorough exploration of the clash between ancient superstition and modern science, with plenty of thrills and chills along the way'
-- GUARDIAN, 15 March 2008

'There's something almost feral about her fiction compared with other British crime writers. She may be foxy but she's also bloody scary' -- LONDON LITE, 4 March 2008

Expect plenty of blood, gore and black magic' -- DAILY MIRROR, 7 March 2008

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I wish you had a zero stars or even a minus. This is an awful book. First two were weirdly, a bit on the the edge good. Not sure I'll read another.
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Good read kept me up all night so's I could find out what happened in the next chapter
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As with the rest of the series this was another great read. I would recommend.
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Noooooo .... I can see me spending all my Christmas pennies on these books. Excellently written and the characters engage you right away.
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Excellent writer, can't put the books down
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an exciting thriller which will grab you as soon as you start to read it, you have to start at the very first book to understand jack caffery's plight, well worth every penny & will read every book published.
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After reading Birdman and The Treatment I was really disappointed with this one.

Jack Caffery has now relocated to Bristol for a fresh start and we meet police deep sea diver, Flea, a character that seems to have taken central stage pretty much. It was almost as if Caffery has taken a supportive role here as we learn an awful lot about Flea. In fact, it doesn't pick up anything at all about Jack's brother which was surprising, though maybe it does in later books, I don't know.

The story begins by the discovery of a severed hand in the river and then what follows is the most boring unnecessarily complicated storytelling that goes absolutely nowhere for ages. I read on and on hoping things would improve .... and they didn't. The subject matter held no interest for me at all and I just felt more disillusioned as the story moved on. The number of times my mind would wander is ridiculous. There's nothing wrong with Ms Hayder's writing, she writes incredibly dark atmospheric psychological thrillers with splashes of gore, which I love but this was definitely not on par with the previous books. I got to halfway and then skipped to the last three chapters. I very rarely do that and feel guilty when I do. Unbelievably though I had hardly missed anything, got to the resolution and that was that!!

There's nothing much more to say really, it was a disappointing read that I didn't much care for. That said, I will read the next book in the series. Ms Hayder is an author I like a lot .... I guess not every story can be great one ... and it's probably too much to expect.
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This is the first Mo Hayder book I have read - picked it up for 10p - and will be the last (the other one I got for 10p is going straight in the bin... would hate to inflict this rubbish on anyone else!) I did get to the end of it by skim reading the last 200 pages, but now wonder why I bothered. The plot is ludicrous, the characters entirely unbelievable (and in no way likeable, although she tries to push their 'flawed nature' and vulnerability), and I don't find the writing style particularly good. It has some 'shocking' episodes which are not shocking but gratuitous - might appeal to a teenage slasher horror movie fan - and often lend nothing to the plot. Jack Caffery was, for me, a completely one-dimensional character. Hayder states at the back of the book that he is her creation of a perfect lover and compares his creation to P.D. James' of Adam Dalgleish - is she kidding!? - he comes across as a neanderthal thug with very little intellectual prowess. As for 'Flea'.... well, words cannot describe this pathetic creation.
This book is lazy, attention grabbing (for all the wrong reasons) and, in parts, extremely verbose.
If you want a flawed hero, like a good thriller with a plot that will grip you, give this a miss and read Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole series.
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