Friday 23 March 2018

Review: Hanging Hill by Mo Hayder

Bantam Press, €14.50, Hardback

Sally and Zoe are sisters, but have little in common and are all but estranged. Sally, a dreamer who was married to a wealthy businessman who has divorced her, is finding it hard to cope on her own with her wilful 15-year-old daughter.

Zoe, on the other hand, is a self-confident and ambitious detective inspector making an impression in the macho world of the British police.

Virtually penniless, Sally works as a mini-maid for a mysterious multi-millionaire she hates and fears, while Zoe Benedict is investigating the murder of a popular young schoolgirl whose ambition to be a model may have brought her into contact with the insidious world of extreme pornography.

The sisters' very different worlds collide when Sally, desperate to pay off the large debts her daughter has run up, does something so totally out of character that Zoe has no choice but to put her career at risk to protect her only sibling. Mo Hayder has crafted a powerful and frightening thriller that grips the reader from page one to the blood-freezing shock of the final page. Utterly compelling.

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