Ritual : Jack Caffery

  • by Mo Hayder
  • Narrated by Andrew Wincott
  • Series: Jack Caffery
  • 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the pitch dark, nine feet under water, police diver Flea Marley closes her gloved fingers around a human hand. The fact that there's no body attached is disturbing enough. Yet more disturbing is the discovery, a day later, of the matching hand - indications suggest that the victim was still alive when they were removed. Flea and DI Jack Caffery soon establish that the hands belong to a boy who has recently disappeared. Their search for him - and for his abductor - lead them into the darkest recesses of Bristol's underworld, where drug addiction is rife, where street-kids sell themselves for a hit, and where an ancient evil lurks.

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What the Critics Say

"Hayder ... is at least Thomas Harris' equal." (Daily Telegraph)
"Hayder's fifth novel is full of the trademarks that made her name: expertly deployed shock tactics, excellent research, a cast of physically, mentally or morally damaged characters, and two sympathetic protagonists with painful past lives." (Guardian)
"Intensely enthralling stuff, but I'm glad I'm only inhabiting Hayder's mind at a reader's remove." (Observer)

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A Shabby Little Shocker

A tedious work filled with artifice in which a rather thin story line is padded out with reams of irrelevent detail(a good example is a comprhensive description of the contents of a bathroom cabinet when the character is merely taking out travel sickness medication). Overwelmed by all this dross, one is left with little sympathy for the main protagonists, especially the lady who is simply irritating.
The faintly patronising delivery of the reader does not help - I felt rather like a child being read a bedtime story, albeit a rather gruesome one.
Anyone looking for an 'out of the way' detective novel would be much better served by turning to Ian Rankin (Rebus) or for a touch of the bizarre Peter James (Roy Grace)
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- Brian

Not the greatest Mo Hayder book...

I rate Mo Hayder highly & like her Jack Caffery creation but he lost my sympathy by the end of Ritual. His character gained further flaws and the Ewan story stalled leaving little to empathise with. Ritual is a dark story but is both cliched & unlikely in parts. New character Flea is another tormented soul & 2 needy lead characters is one too many for my liking. It has not put me off Mo Hayder & I will try #4 in due course, but I found Ritual much less satisfying than Birdman & The Treatment.
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- Jacqui

Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-06-2008
  • Publisher: ISIS Audio Books