Journalist Joe Oakes makes a living exposing supernatural hoaxes. A
born sceptic, he believes everything has a rational explanation. But
when he visits a secretive religious community on a remote Scottish
island, everything he thought he knew is challenged.
Questions mount with the turn of each page: why has the community been
accused of Satanism? What has happened to their leader, Pastor Malachi
Dove? And why will no one discuss the strange apparition seen wandering
the lonely beaches of Pig Island?
A far cry stylistically from her previous novels, Mo Hayder's
insight invites the reader to ponder along with her characters these
and many more questions, which brings a rare sense of empathy and involvement
into play from those looking on.
The descriptive prose is, at times, breathtaking, and the increase in
tension is almost tangible. The tagline for the novel, "You won't
have nightmares because you won't sleep", is in this case true.
Crime fiction? Not in its purest sense maybe but more
crime / social commentary in as much as it raises awareness on so many
levels as to how people can mistreat others and get away with it in
the names of religion, secrecy and madness.
Not Birdman in its sense of shock, nor Tokyo in its
craft and guile but, once more, Mo Hayder has delivered
a novel that is in a class of its very own.
Cracker of a site, Chris. Every day I sing a little bluebird song
of gratitude that there are folk like you out there. Your enthusiasm
for this strange industry of ours is an inspiration. And what you said
about my books? Totally 100% true.
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