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Hanging Hill

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What if you found yourself divorced and penniless? With no skills and a teenage daughter to support? What if the only way to survive was to do things you never thought possible, to go places you never knew existed …

These are questions Sally has never really thought about before. Married to a successful business man, she’s always been a bit of a dreamer. Until now.

Her siste...more
Hardcover, 428 pages
Published April 14th 2011 by Bantam Press (first published July 1st 2010)
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I had never read anything by Mo Hayder before, though I had seen the name. I had always thought the author was a man. Hayder is a mystery writer who earns one-word endorsements from other mystery writers: “Stunning,” “Haunting,” “Disturbing,” “Terrifying.” All of these could apply to Hanging Hill. What struck me, however, was the size and complexity of the vision—she doesn’t implicate just one policeman, nor find just one psychopath—there are several. Evil swirls all around us, every day. And ea...more
Nancy Oakes
I think other people will probably enjoy this much more than I did, so I am not keeping this book. If anyone wants it, and you live in the US, just leave the first comment below to say you'd like it. I'll pay postage.

here's the review:

Hanging Hill 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 det...more
Mary Gilligan-Nolan
Went into the library this week, and there was "Hanging Hill", I could not believe it. I thought I'd be waiting months to get this in paperback. So, I was looking forward to reading it, being a big fan of Mo Hayder. Now, I' not quite sure where to start. I have mixed feeling about it. I was hooked on the story, but in part, it did not live up to my expectations. The editing was dodgy, an "eight-milligram camera chip"? come on, please, what the heck was that about, and there was reference to "a c...more
Before the last ten pages or so I was about to give this terrific police procedural mystery 4 stars. It is, as always with Hayder, very well-written with an emphasis on a troubled protaganist trying to deal with major emotional and personal issues while trying to solve a brutal murder of a young girl. The dueling stories of two very different sisters was engaging and weaved together nicely. As I approached the ending, I was thinking that the story, while quite good, was not on the same level as...more
S. J. Bolton
I’m a big fan of Mo Hayder, particularly her Jack Caffery/Flee Marley series, but this stand-alone didn’t quite hit the spot for me.

Hanging Hill is the story of two sisters, estranged for many years but drawn together by the brutal murder of a teenage girl. DI Zoe Benedict is part of the investigation team. Sally Benedict is a struggling single mum whose daughter, Millie, was not only a friend of the victim but is also involved in some pretty unsavoury activities herself.

One of Hayder’s great...more
Barbara Elsborg
I've read everything she's written and while I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as some of the others, it was still a great read. I think what I like so much about Ms Hayder's books is her ability to draw you straight into the story. Her prose reads as though its all taking place in front of you - sometimes you wish it wasn't! Her characters are always interesting and well rounded though I'd have liked a little more about the male partners of the sisters.
The blood and gore bits were - er - v...more
This was my first Hayder novel and wow, I was totally sucked in and was always kind of unsure which direction the novel was going (which I guess made it even more compulsively readable). I can't even pinpoint what exactly I really enjoyed, but if her series is like this, it is going to be an entertaining next few weeks. I guess my one gripe would be the motive of the actual killer seemed kind of weak considering the lengths the characters went through but other than that...

Very dark, very distur...more
This is the first book I've read by Hayder, and I'm already looking for her others. She writes like an upscale Denise Mina, with dark secrets and horrible twists and turns, but the story takes place in Bath, England instead of seamy Glasgow. Her style is evocative and lyrical, too, without calling attention to itself. It reminds me of a slightly lighter version of Dennis Lehane's earlier novels.

I'm guessing this book is a standalone because the main characters all have backstory that would have...more
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Oh how I love Mo Hayder. She's one of those authors where if I see that she's released a new book, I'll instantly purchase / borrow the book without even bothering to read the synopsis as I just know I'll enjoy it!

For those of you who have not yet found Mo's literary charms but like crime thrillers then a word of warning. Mo's stories are pretty dark and disturbing and she is one of the few writers that actually made me so scared when reading her earlier w...more
Didn't expect this book to be this good! I could place Mo Hayder among my favorite authors like Val McDermid ang S. J. Bolton now. I first read her "Gone" and couldn't say I enjoy it like most of the critics did. I fact, I couldn't understand what the rave was about. But this book turned every first impression I had with Mo. It contains every element I seek and adore for a good mystery thriller novel. The atmosphere, scenery, characters, plot, intensity, imagery and even to the extend of using o...more
OMG! Just when I had the ending Mo Hayder flips the table over, gives you a different ending but not quite. She's leaves you hanging... guessing... knowing. WOW. Very impressive writing behind this murder mystery. You will dig the characters. They are easy to relate to. As you read through the chapters you FEEL. This is writing at it's best... because you do feel, and you form questions and opinions. You doubt. You think. You want to know more. I won't spoil this... just read it.
Feb 15, 2012 Bill rated it 2 of 5 stars
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Well, everyone has to decided what brings them the most pleasure from reading so if you like, nail gun murders, complete dismemberment with a chain saw and putting the parts into plastic bags, reviewing the worst of hard core pornography of women in bondage or being humiliated and the murder and pornography of very young teen age girls then this is the book for you.
If not, I'd leave this book on the shelf for a long time. Wish I had! YUK!
Stephan van der Linde
This is why Hayder is my most favorite writer.

I can say a lot about this book, but I won't. Just that it is superb.
Big recommendation for all Hayder-fans!

Dark, ominous and realistic as life. (Hayders trademark)
Tremendous plot and ending which is still haunting me.

By the way, this is Hayder's third book without DI Jack Caffery.

Luanne Ollivier
Have you read or heard of Mo Hayder? Well, if you're a thriller/mystery/crime addict, you'll want to look her up.

Hanging Hill is in set in England. In the prologue we're introduced to a pair of sisters - Zoe, always the strong, resilient one, is a police Detective Inspector and Sally, the pretty, 'brainless' one is a struggling, divorced and now single mom. Until the funeral they're now attending - they haven't spoken in eighteen years. A childhood 'event' that spurred this rift is alluded to bu...more
The first book i've read by Mo Hayder not to feature her detective character Jack Caffery, although the location of this book (Bath) is only 12 miles away from the base of Caffrey (Bristol), i know the author stays in this area but potential crossover?

Hanging Hill focuses on two estranged sisters, Zoe the detective and Sally the single mother of 16 year old Millie.

A girl from Millie's school is found brutally murdered and Zoe is investigating, whilst Sally has found a part time cleaning post for...more
Tanja Berg
Rating 2.5* out of 5. After "Poppet" by the same author this was really disappointing. It's a mix of elements causing this. One of them is that I hate books on organized crime and will steer clear if I know that's what's coming. Another is that I found one of the main characters, Zoe, extremely stereotypical. Very hard exterior, hiding literal and figurative wounds present and past. *yawn* Her sister Sally was a bit more real and likeable.

Anyway, a teenager, popular girl, wanna-be model, has bee...more
Christa  Seeley
This review originally posted at Hooked on Books

Hanging Hill is a gruesome story with so many twists and turns it'll keep you guessing right until the last page.

This story starts out on an interesting note. A high school student is murdered in a sick and disturbing way. Many mystery writers would take this one plot point and run with it, but not Mo Hayder. Instead Mo Hayder weaves this first murder into such a complex and detailed spiderweb, it's amazing she could keep everything straight. Furth...more
It’s fairly obvious to me that Mo Hayder is an author who takes a great deal of satisfaction and enjoyment at watching her readers suffer as they gorge over her opulent and polished narrative. Hanging Hill, Hayder’s eighth novel is as disturbing and dark as they get – but boy is it a compelling read – put it down at your peril!

As I worked my way through the book I found myself comparing the experience to that of a good old fashioned horror movie – you just know something bad is going to happen a...more
Ann Davis
What a wonderful read. Original,exciting and I just love Mo Hayder's writing. This is my favourite Mo Hayder book. She manages to write easy to read books about ordinary people who manage to do bad things without trying. This book is about two estranged sisters who get thrown together with a case involving a murdered teenager that Zoe who is a detective is investigating. Sally is a single mother with confidence issues who is trying to make a living following a divorce. Zoe and Sally have spent t...more
Jun 25, 2012 Brenda marked it as to-read


356 pagina's
Eerste druk: Bantam, Londen (Verenigd Koninkrijk)

Wat als je ineens gescheiden en blut bent? Zonder vaardigheden en een tienerdochter om voor te zorgen? Wat als de enige manier om te overleven is die dingen te doen die je nooit voor mogelijk hield, en naar plaatsen te gaan waarvan je nooit geweten hebt dat ze bestonden? Over die vragen heeft Sally nog nooit eerder nagedacht. Ze was getrouwd met een succesvolle zakenman, en ze was een beetje een dromer. Tot nu. Haar zu...more
When Lorne Wood's body is found completely brutalized in a pathway in Bath, England, Zoë Benedict is assigned to investigate who murdered her. Zoë is a heastrong detective with a disturbed past, and as she is trying to solve this case she will come upon some figures of that unpleasant past and is afraid everything will be exposed. While investigating, she will also come face to face with her estranged younger sister, Sally who, along with her teenage daughter Millie, is having a really hard fina...more
Sisters Zoe and Sally find themselves in situations worse than they could ever have imagined…

A teenage girl has gone missing and her dead body is found on a canal tow path in disturbing circumstances. It’s up to Zoe (a detective inspector) and her team to find the murderer. However, Zoe’s past hides a crippling secret which the case threatens to expose. Can Zoe solve the case without it destroying her?

Sally is divorced, in financial difficulties and bringing up a teenage daughter who isn’t helpi...more
Wow - this book was super intense. It is, as the jacket copy promises, a "masterful, terrifying book."

So, to be more specific - takes place in Bath, England, when a teenage girl is murdered. We have the story from Zoe, one of the cops working the case; and her estranged sister Sally, whose daughter was friends with the killed girl. Both narrators were interesting people, with interesting pasts and perspectives. The story itself has misdirections and dead-ends. And a twist. Oh my, a twist that ma...more
I really enjoyed this book. This is one of my favorite authors and she didn't disappoint me with this one. A fast moving psychological thriller that leaves you wanting to keep reading to find out what happens next. Characters were believable and events included relationships as well as plot threads. Also, not an author who leaves everything neatly tied up at the end. The plot centers around 2 adult sisters who have become estranged - then their paths cross when a teen that one sister knows (sinc...more
Set in Bath - so this covers the Somerset part of my UK Challenge.

A superb book which I didn't want to put down. Her style of writing definitely appeals to me. It kept me hooked right until the end with all its twists and turns.

The story in a nutshell: school girl Lorne is murdered on a canal footpath - nobody knows why this popular girl became a victim. But then as Zoe investigates she discovers that not only was her estranged sister's daughter friends with her but her sister has secrets too a...more
Josephine Pennicott
Mo Hayder is top of her game. I couldn't put this one down. A slight change of form in that Mo focuses on the females more in this book. A very nasty twist at the end which I didn't see coming at all and gave me the horrors for nights afterwards. Mo somehow manages to make you contemplate the most grisly things which you would never have pondered before. Tennis balls in the mouth and how difficult it actually is to cut up a body amongst them. Very dark, very twisted, beautifully written, a gripp...more
Bardzo lubię kryminały, thrillery. Czytając je przenoszę się do innego świata. Świata bardziej niebezpiecznego, mrocznego, w którym pełno jest tajemnic i zagadek. Sięgając po książkę ,,Granica mroku" Mo Hayder wiedziałam, że będzie to dobry thriller, gdyż raz już przekonałam się na własnej skórze, że ta pisarka potrafi tworzyć niezłe książki. Jednakże nie spodziewałam się na tyle dobrej książki, która potrafi sprawić, że zostałam oczarowana.

Mój początek był dosyć nijaki. Książka mnie nie wciągn...more
Fiona Robson
I alwyas try to have read at least one book in the current best-seller list, and this was it! And I wasn't disappointed. I just could not put this book down and read it all in one sitting. So many red-herrings and twists and turns. I particularly loved the chilling ending! This book was amazing and I shall be looking out for more Mo Hayder books in future.
Susan Bell
I was slightly disappointed with this book to be honest. Compared to Mo Hayder's earlier novels I don't find it as convincing or compulsive. I did enjoy it, but I saw the end coming and there were some questions in it which didn't make sense to me. This is the way I've felt about her last few novels. Don't match the earlier form of the first few Jack Caffrey books.
This was my first time reading anything by this author. Bought the title on a whim, because I enjoy crime fiction. I think I may read more from her even though this book didn't really please me as much as I would have liked it to. There were some very interesting points for me, but characters are a huge part of what grips me with any story and I just didn't find a character to truly root for in this book. Just when I thought I had one, they said or did something so off the wall that I was left w...more
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Mo Hayder left school at fifteen. She worked as a barmaid, security guard, film-maker, hostess in a Tokyo club, educational administrator and teacher of English as a foreign language in Asia. She has an MA in film from The American University in Washington DC and an MA in creative writing from Bath Spa University UK.

Mo lives in Bath with her daughter Lotte-Genevieve.

* Jack Caffery
More about Mo Hayder...
Birdman (Jack Caffery, #1) The Treatment (Jack Caffery, #2) Gone (Jack Caffery, #5) The Devil of Nanking Ritual (Jack Caffery, #3)

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