Hanging Hill

Hanging Hill

by Mo Hayder
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Hanging Hill by Mo Hayder

“[Hayder] has in no way lost her ability to shock, thrill, entertain and occasionally torture us with her use of words. . . . A chiller to the very end. Hayder deals with Britain at its grittiest.” —Peter Millar, The Times (London)

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802120854
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 04/16/2013
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 560,978
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Mo Hayder's debut, Birdman, was an international bestseller. Her second novel, The Treatment, also a Sunday Times bestseller, won the 2002 WH Smith Thumping Good Read award. Her third novel, Sunday Times bestseller Tokyo, won the Elle magazine crime fiction prize, and the SNCF Prix Polar. She has also written the bestselling Pig Island, as well as three books in the Walking Man series: Ritual, Skin and Gone.

Rosalyn Landor has worked as an actress since the age of seven, both in Europe and the United States. Her extensive list of credits includes leading roles on PBS's Masterpiece Theater, miniseries on all major networks, films, theater, and audio productions. She has received an Audie Award and several AudioFile Earphones Awards, and was chosen by AudioFile magazine as a Best Voice of 2009.

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Hanging Hill 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
miss_dobie More than 1 year ago
Another absolutely captivating story from a superb writer. Book after book from this lady is amazingly intense and so well written. It just never stops - the way the stories grab your attention and hold you from beginning to end. Never a disappointment. Never a let-up in intensity from one book to the next. It is a joy to read this lady's writing - she does it so damned well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Only John Connelly comes close to delivering the amazing combination of humanity, horror, and the struggle between what we can and can't control. Lucky for us, Mo has done it again. This book is worth every sentence.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Not for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book, could not put this down. Disappointed at the ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I think I preferred ``Gone'' to this one, I still enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have to read straight through to the last sentance
cmscdn More than 1 year ago
Great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Runningdeer8 More than 1 year ago
I just discovered Mo Hayder's books this past summer. Have already read all of them. Hanging Hill is another full of twists and turns and more importantly a can't put it down book.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
The author is known for writing thrillers, sometimes with horrific plots and graphic details. This novel pales by comparison, with merely an offstage rape scene to occasion a police procedural of somewhat questionable means, and a side story about two sisters who have had virtually no contact for 20 years but are in a sense joined at the hip by the rape victim, and then that thread develops into an evolving family relationship. The story is more about the various characters—the two sisters, their lovers, their own background and history—and how each is affected, rather than the crime and ensuing investigation which seems to be an afterthought to contribute to the main plotline. Written with verve, the novel seems to drag along except for some more “exciting” portions. Much of the descriptions of one sister’s divorce and subsequent life seem labored, and the ending was to this reader quite unsatisfactory. In fact the title of the book might be a fit description for its conclusion: It seems to just hang without any wrapping up. That notwithstanding, the novel still bears reading, and is recommended.