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Gone by Mo Hayder
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Dec 04, 10

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Read from December 01 to 04, 2010

Mo Hayder has been writing for ten years and it shows. Her latest book “Gone”, her eighth and fifth to feature Bristol Detective Inspector Jack Caffrey, is a rollercoaster of a whodunit. Frightening at times the narrative exudes a thrilling quality that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final pages.

Set in the West Country Jack Caffrey, lead detective in the MCIU, (Major Crime Investigation Unit) is called in to investigate a seemingly random carjacking. However it soon becomes evident that this is no ordinary carjacking; the suspect, sporting a Santa Claus face mask is targeting cars with children in the back seat. What the police can’t figure out is why some children are returned to their parents and some remain missing – can Caffrey discover the identification of the masked carjacker before it’s too late?

One thing is clear, the carjacker is clever; very very clever and Caffrey is up against it. To solve this crime and those that follow, he will have to use the full force of the law and his years of experience as a detective to bring about a successful outcome.

Along for the ride is Flea Marley, Sergeant and head of Underwater Search Unit (USU). Hayder introduces us to our heroine by way of an abandoned cave in the Mendip Hills where, intriguingly, she is confirming that a corpse she hid six months previously remains undisturbed!

The carjacker taunts the police with a number of disturbing handwritten letters and despite the leads and the sluggish momentum the jacker is always one step ahead of Caffrey’s unit - It’s clear he won’t stop until he’s caught.

Although part of a long standing series and a continuation of her fourth Caffrey novel SKIN, Gone remains a thrilling and powerful standalone novel.

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