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This is her best book by far!
on 6 May 2009
I've given Mo Hayder some stick. Her first book Birdman was great if unsettling by the gore, her second The treatment was horrifying and upsetting and in my opinion well into the depths of unacceptable thriller writing in terms of plot, but this is bang on the money.
It did take me over 2 weeks to finish it mind, it doesnt hook you immediately. There is a parallel tale of the past running all the way through the book that i found a little irksome, but the present day action is very well written. The seedy underworld of Tokyo is described brilliantly and the creepy Yakuza gang and especially "The nurse" are all creepy as hell.
Mo does give us again a very damaged central character and obvisouly sex is a big part of her story. This seems to be a constant thread of her books - damaged sexual storyline and in this book it is acceptably written - by that i mean, it isnt as raw or upsetting as her previous books.
Once you are over a quater of the way in, it hooks you and i finished the rest in a day - you need to persist with it as it is a great thriller.
I read this last - ive just finished Ritual and Skin and i thought they wer both shockingly bad. Dont know what happened to her, she seemed to explode on the scene with the rawness of her tales - upset a lof of people with her storylines, then dampened it down with Tokyo (her best novel) and then recently with Skin and Ritual, its just all so confused... I havent even finished Skin as its so poor.
But this is a great read - lets hops she can reporoduce this excellent scale of storytelling again!