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Pig Island by Mo Hayder
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Jul 13, 12

bookshelves: horror-noir-fantasy

Like several other reviewers, I'm puzzled by the extremely negative response some people have had to this book. Perhaps they were expecting an orthodox horror thriller, and were disappointed to find themselves reading something closer to noir?

The book arguably has more in common with James M. Cain than it does with Stephen King. The overall mood is one of corruption, cynicism, danger, duplicity and despair, and much time is spent on the characters' neurotic or tormented inner lives and morbid relationships. Tight writing and Hayder's tough, almost sardonic approach prevent it from descending into soap opera. It's intelligent, very atmospheric, and sports a good ironic finish.
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