Sunday, July 29, 2012

Hanging Hill, by Mo Hayder

Bantam, 2011
432 pp

Hanging HilI is Hayder's eighth book, a standalone novel that I chose based on superlative reader raves.  Then when I read the dustjacket I was even more excited - a mother who is "forced into a criminal world of extreme pornography and illegal drugs," (!) and a detective's "crippling secret...which -- if exposed -- may destroy her" (!!) .  So far, so good -- ooga chooga -- can't wait to get into it.  Without the porn, maybe, this is the sort of thing that is right up my alley.  Or so I thought, and then I read it. Let's just say that the dustjacket blurb is a bit misleading ... and it wasn't all it was cracked up to be. I hate when that happens!

The review is over at the crime section of my reading journal if you're interested. So many people loved this book -- but I am probably the world's toughest crime fiction audience.


  1. Got the book--thanks! LOVE the card.

    1. You're welcome. The cards I bought in some little Chinese shop in San Francisco -- boxes and boxes of stuff like that!


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