Pig Island

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A bone-chilling new mystery from the acclaimed author of The Devil of Nanking

Mo Hayder , a rising star of hardcore horror fiction, returns with a riveting and macabre novel that explores the evils committed in the name of faith. Journalist Joe Oakes is a born skeptic who makes his living exposing supernatural hoaxes. But his stay with a cult-like religious group on Scotland's remote Pig Island might be enough to turn him into a believer. When the island erupts into bloodshed, ...

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Overview

A bone-chilling new mystery from the acclaimed author of The Devil of Nanking

Mo Hayder , a rising star of hardcore horror fiction, returns with a riveting and macabre novel that explores the evils committed in the name of faith. Journalist Joe Oakes is a born skeptic who makes his living exposing supernatural hoaxes. But his stay with a cult-like religious group on Scotland's remote Pig Island might be enough to turn him into a believer. When the island erupts into bloodshed, Oakes must abandon everything he thought he knew to discover the secret behind exiled cult leader Malachi Dove, who lives alone behind a wall of electricity and toxic waste on the island's far end. As the cataclysm of violence crashes down around him, Oakes is ultimately forced to confront the very nature of evil itself.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review
Hayder's savage style ultimately serve[s] [its] purpose in a novel that taps into the current fascination with all things supernatural.
Boston Globe
Another astonishing mutation of the crime thriller . . . Hayder masterfully exposes not only the horror but also the human frailty at the story's core.
Publishers Weekly
At the start of Hayder's profoundly creepy and creepily convincing thriller, hard-bitten journalist Joe Oakes arrives on the west coast of Scotland to visit a reclusive cult on remote Pig Island. Oakes hopes to investigate a supposed half-animal, half-human creature distantly glimpsed in a tourist's film and settle his long-held grudge against the cult's founder, charismatic crackpot Malachi Dove, who has long since withdrawn to his barricaded compound on Pig Island. In the ensuing mayhem, Oakes wins the confidence of Dove's mysterious daughter and learns the hard way that the investigative skills on which he prides himself are flimsy at best. Though gruesome enough to satisfy even the most hardcore horror fan, this rigorously imagined novel is also full of apt (if bleak) detail and graced with a perfect plot twist at story's end. Hayder (The Devil of Nanking) offers both a riveting story and a nuanced, distinctly modern look at secrecy and publicity, belief and skepticism, normal and taboo, (in)sight and blindness. (Mar.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
As a fledgling journalist, Joe Oakes wrote an expos of a faith healer and gained an enemy. Twenty years later, after building a career as a hoax-busting investigative journalist, Oakes hears new rumors about his nemesis, Malachi Dove, who lives on an island off of Scotland with his followers. Oakes finagles his way onto the island and uncovers horrific events. Even as he and his wife (who narrates some of the novel's middle chapters) try to help Dove's daughter overcome a physical malady, they become trapped in a deadly game. Hayder (The Devil of Nanking) skillfully builds suspense, developing her characters and creating a tense, oppressive atmosphere; the result is another creepy, suspenseful thriller. Recommended. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 11/15/06.]-Beth Lindsay, Washington State Univ. Lib., Pullman Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Evil stalks the inhabitants of a remote Scottish island in the bestselling British author's fourth in-your-face thriller (The Devil of Nanking, 2005, etc.). Pig Island is home to the religious cult Psychogenic Healing Ministries, whose members live safely apart from their founder Malachi Dove, a deranged visionary who holes up (rather like Apocalypse Now's Colonel Kurtz) in a valley behind a barricade festooned with severed pigs' heads. The possibility that the Psychogenics are practicing devil worship adds to the mix of elements of the classic British film The Wicker Man. Oh, and there's a not-exactly-human beast roaming the neighborhood-which could of course have been "created" by the island's former exploitation as a dumping-ground for chemical waste. These beguiling oddities attract the attention of hoax-busting reporter Joe Oakes (his earlier exposure of Pastor Dove's doings had forced the cult's flight to Pig Island), who travels to the site with his spunky wife Lexie, with whom he shares the narration. In the past, Hayder has masterfully toyed with readers' nerves, but here the big payoff fizzles: Neither the identity of The Creature nor the ponderous shock ending is nearly as surprising as the author seems to think. The novel is further flawed by more product placement than you'll see in your average California-inflected slacker flick. Hayder's use of outre plots, settings and characters is both the strength of her earlier fiction and the source of a formula that's rapidly hardening into cliche. When she's on, she's an adventurous, edgy, literate writer. This book is, alas, far from her best.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143113607
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/29/2008
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 4.38 (w) x 6.88 (h) x 1.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Mo Hayder has worked as a barmaid, security guard, filmmaker, hostess in a Tokyo nightclub, and teacher of English as a foreign language. She is the author of The Birdman and The Treatment.

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  • Posted April 21, 2010

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    this book actually scared me

    when i first started reading i wasn't that interested in the book, but after a few pages i just could not stop reading...and this book actually scared me! i'm not easily scared...especially by books, but this one had me looking over my shoulder. and then the twist ending was classic and wonderful! a lot of writers who try that end up giving it away two or three chapters before the end, but i was blind all the way to the last sentence of this book ...i thought i had then ending pegged, but i was totally wrong!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2007

    Hayder = Brilliant!

    Like being shot out of a cannon head first into a brick wall. Relentless! Hard to describe without using profanity or taking the Lord's name in vain. Mo Hayder writes this one with complete disregard that the reader may have to get up early the next day.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2008

    Not Worth the Time It Takes to Read It

    I put this book down when I was less than 10 pages from the end. Not much of a recommendation for a thriller and that's for sure. Three days later, when I finally picked it back up again, the ending was just nothing but a lame plot device. Too many ends dangling, too much information left to be told. I bought this book because of the review that said, 'the most terrifying thriller you'll read all year.' I have read scarier Bobbsey Twin books. Maybe they are confusing disgusting with thriller.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2008

    Ambivalent

    Just finished Pig Island. To tell you the truth, I'm on the fence here. I honestly don't know if I liked the book or if I didn't - quite frankly, I found it weird and disturbing. Now I've read Mo Hayder before and loved Birdman, but this was so out in left field, that I honestly don't know what to say. I think what bothered me the most was that when Angeline first comes into the story, she's ugly (she's practically bald with a wild haircut), her eyes are red and runny and quite frankly, she's plain ugly. And horribly deformed. By the end of the book, my God, she's model gorgeous! How in God's name did that happen? And Joe, who's so torn up over his wife's death, is sleeping with her. The end of the book also threw me for a loop. I hope the next endeavor is a little less 'fruitcakey' and is a little more down to earth.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2014

    Not her best

    I've read the treatment & birdman...both were brilliant. Pig island missed the mark...too left field. It had a very slow start then when it did pick up there was way too much background info. Not her best piece of work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    Too Long and Drawn Out Too Long and Drawn Out

    Lacks the polish and finesse of her later works. Impact of genuinely spooky tale diminlshed by just too many words.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    U pizza

    Cused OMGS

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2012

    Enjoyed it

    I read yhe mixed reviews and I actually enjoyed the book for the most part. The POV changes were a bit distracting but nothing the reader cant gloss past. There was only one scene I found disturbing and definately NOT for young readers.

    Other than that I will keep my eyes open for more by this author

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2012

    Fantastic Suspense!

    This one kept me guessing where the heck it was going!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2012

    Compelling and fun

    Lots of twists and turns, to the very last page!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2012

    Recommended to read.

    A great read this will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2012

    Better Mo Hayder books

    Not as riveting as Birdman or Devil of Nanking but still entertaining.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2008

    Sometimes, it's better to let some things go....

    This book grabbed me and didn't let go until I finished it. I felt that the description was a little deceiving as it isn't scary really but it certainly is thrilling! Too many endings? Nah, the only one that counted was a home run.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2007

    A reviewer

    This book began very well. It was exciting and interesting. However, the plot slows significantly after about a quarter of the book, and the weak character development and lack of depth of information was enough to sink it for the rest of the way. I would have liked to see Hayder develop more of the cult characters and let her main character interact with them more, but she didn¿t. Instead it is all about death, death, and death right away, with nothing left to carry the book the rest of the way through. She also could have done more with the idea of summoning demons and other creatures, but she left all very shallow. In the end, she took the reader through a strange journey which was not all that exciting, through conversations on bestiality, spina bifida, and other incongruent issues. Finally, with a few pages left, the book twists, turns and then ends, which would have been great except that it was all too obvious. Better character development and more consistent plot would have made this book much better in the end. It is not something I would recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2007

    Hogged too much of my time

    The book had great promise at first, but once the wife suddenly began giving her POV it all went downhill. It was as if another writer had stepped in to finish the book at that point. And the ending was absolutely ridiculous, as if the author had run out of ideas. I feel as if I have wasted my time reading this book. Disappointing indeed.

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