Hanging Hill

Hanging Hill

eBook - 2012
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Mo Hayder is a world-class author of gritty, gripping page-turners, winner of the Dagger in the Library from the Crime Writers' Association for outstanding body of work. With her latest novel, she ratchets up the terror to fever pitch. Fast-paced and addictive, Hanging Hill centers around a pair of estranged sisters-one a cop, one a coddled wife fallen on hard times-and the gruesome homicide of a teenage beauty, which exposes the nightmares that lurk at the edges of our safe domestic lives. One morning in picture-perfect Bath, England, a teenage girl's body is found on the towpath of a canal. Lorne Wood-beautiful, popular, and apparently the victim of a disturbingly brutal murder. Why was she on the towpath alone late at night? Zoe Benedict-Harley-riding police detective, independent to a fault-is convinced the department head needs to look beyond the usual domestic motives to solve the case, but no one wants to hear it, especially from the department's black sheep. Meanwhile, Zoe's sister, Sally-recently divorced and in dire financial straits, supporting a daughter who was friends with the dead girl-has begun working as a housekeeper for a rich entrepreneur who seems less eccentric and more repugnant, and possibly dangerous. And why are his sinister associates showing up at her daughter's school? When Zoe's investigation turns up evidence that Lorne's attempts to break into modeling had delivered her into the world of webcam girls and amateur porn, a crippling secret from Zoe's past seems determined to emerge. All roads seem to be leading to one conclusion: there's something very wrong at the house on Hanging Hill. But will Zoe and Sally put their differences aside and fit all the pieces together before it's too late? Hanging Hill is a masterful, terrifying book that will have readers sleeping with the lights on.
Publisher: [United States] : Grove/Atlantic, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2012
ISBN: 9780802194794
0802194796
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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CMLibrary_csmith Jan 27, 2016

A good suspenseful read. While I didn't find this thriller to be as good as the Jack Caffery series, it still warrants a try if you enjoy thrillers. With lots of great plot twists, good character development and great writing style, I enjoyed it, especially the possible cliff hanger at the end!

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loudem
Mar 29, 2015

You can see that the book has been arranged to fit the intended outcome. And you knew that the intended culprit wasn't the murderer. Usual cliff hangner without being one. A tad long, with longish needless episodes. Not her best. Still, a good read, but disappointing.

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Eil_1
Sep 04, 2012

Got me glued to the story from page 1. Lots of twists and turns right up to the end - which was, for me, a heart-stopping surprise.

mikeyppl Jun 14, 2012

This book is probably going to end up on my ten best at years end. I like my lead characters flawed and Zoe and Sally have flaws aplenty. The plot is very believable, the dialogue is realistic. A good twist at the ending. This is the first book I've read from this author but it will not be the last. Do yourself a favor and pick this one up.

JeremiahSutherland May 07, 2012

The author has a long line of scary, intriguing books behind her.

This particular title is better than the series she has started, but not as good as some of her early work.

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dcafk
Mar 16, 2012

A good read with a surprise ending.

debwalker Feb 14, 2012

"A suspenseful, fast-paced thriller that reunites estranged sisters amidst a series of grisly events."
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