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A Gripping Read!
Birdman - Mo Hayder
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Birdman - Mo Hayder
Advantages: Gripping, a page-turner.
Disadvantages: A bit gory and quite disturbing!
There's a sadistic killer on the loose in Greenwich, London. At first, one young woman has been found murdered and dumped on wasteland, but she's not the only one. Another four are found shortly afterwards. They are all found to have been ritualistically murdered, raped and mutilated, each with a disturbing signature, revealed during post-mortem, linking them. It's up to Detective Inspector Jack Caffrey to investigate and catch the killer before any more women come to harm, but it's not going to be easy.
Birdman is Mo Hayder's first novel and the first in her Jack Caffrey series of books. The Gardian newspaper called it a "first class shocker" and I have to agree! Birdman isn't for the faint-hearted, it's shocking and gruesome, and deals with some sickening subjects.
I first came across Jack Caffrey later in his life in 'Gone' (the 5th book in Mo Hayder's Jack Caffrey series), so it was interesting to go back and learn more about his character in this book. His private life kind of becomes a side-story in Birdman. We learn about the disappearance of his brother when they were kids and the effect it has on him in his adult life and relationships.
Birdman has its twists and turns and leads you up the garden path, so to speak. The story is quite fast paced and is very much a page-turner. I got through half of it in one sitting, not wanting to put it down. As I read in the evening, that left me very tired the next day!
I found this book so gripping that the back cover of the book is now creased from me gripping it so tightly while reading! I've found it to be one of those books that you think about even when you're not reading it. Mind you, that's probably because some of its content is quite disturbing!
Highly recommended, just not if you've got a weak stomach!
Please note: This review is also posted on my blog.
Summary: A crime novel to get your teeth into!