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This was a really excellent listen, if you like clever well plotted thrillers and don't mind some gory detail.
The key figure, DI Caffrey is a well drawn maverick cop whose distinctive personality has been developed over several novels.
The plotting is really superb with some twists that are signalled well in advance and some that are a complete surprise. The characters are plausible and the writing is good.
As with previous books, there is a sinister sense of the bizarre and it has a slightly queasy strangeness at times, but this heightens the atmosphere. There are some unpleasant and slightly graphic scenes, so not a book for the squeamish (or to listen to over lunch).
The narrator is good with an excellent range of voices, all of which were convincing, including a five year old girl.
I found this utterly engrossing during a very dull week of work and was sorry to reach the end.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
This is Mo Hyder at her best and nobody does suspense and chills better. It is the seventh book in the Jack Cafferey series and in my opinion the best yet. I wasn't a big fan of Hyder's earlier books as I found them too horrific, maybe even gratuitous, and the plots less convoluted. I am so glad I persevered. Here, the plot is carefully told, twisting and meandering then drawing towards an unpredictable ending. I loved every minute. Fans of Jack Caffrey will love the further development of his own personal story. If you like psychological thrillers that are dark and disturbing then this is your book.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
yes, I would, but I would also recommend they read the other Jack Caffery books in order first to get the full impact at the ending of this book. Not sure, but this could well be the last one in the series as it answers many of Jack's 15 years of unanswered questions. I enjoyed this one immensely, albeit gruesome and cruel in large doses. Ms Hayder's writing, however, overcame any squeamishness on my part and I loved the way she wove all the story lines together. The climax was brilliant and a complete surprise. Can't recommend this book highly enough for those who enjoy well written suspense thrillers.
What other book might you compare Wolf to and why?
Yes, they are there somewhere in the back of my mind, but I can't bring them to light at the moment. There would be none, though, with the way the culmination of the crime took place in this book.
Have you listened to any of Jot Davies’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
No I have not, however, his performance was excellent and was perfectly suited to the restrained suspense all the way through the book. I love understated English accents. And, along with Michael Kitchen, Steven Pacey and others, Jot Davies does an exemplary job.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
this story is not going where you think it will.....
Any additional comments?
five stars speaks for itself....
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Fantastic book - gut wrenching, scary, with an unexpected twist! Would definitely recommend but not for the faint hearted!