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Skin My least favourite of the Jack Caffery series so far Thus, this three stars are, in fact, two and a half rounded up Skin takes place a few days after the events described in the previous book, Ritual It s dark and macabre, as a Mo Hayder book it s supposed to be, but this time it didn t feel as usual.I had some difficulties in getting into the story For me, the beginning of this book is a bit too jumbled for my taste, and it wasn t easy to follow Again, some of my difficulties had to do My least favourite of the Jack Caffery series so far Thus, this three stars are, in fact, two and a half rounded up Skin takes place a few days after the events described in the previous book, Ritual It s dark and macabre, as a Mo Hayder book it s supposed to be, but this time it didn t feel as usual.I had some difficulties in getting into the story For me, the beginning of this book is a bit too jumbled for my taste, and it wasn t easy to follow Again, some of my difficulties had to do with police related expressions the author uses to describe different positions in the force, or weapons they use, everything abbreviated, that I don t know what they are supposed to mean.Then, there was a je ne sais quois in Phoebe Flea Marley s story that made me frown all the time The way she deals with her younger brother Thom is just Come on The guy doesn t take responsibility for none of his acts, and it has to be Flea to come all the time and clean after his mess I can t say I liked Flea that much in this book.As for Caffery, he looks a bit crazy this time Or even crazier, since what happened in Ritual has left some kind of trauma, and now the man can t stop looking over his shoulder I don t really like him, as a character, but he was better than Flea in this book.Regarding the crimes described, yes, they were gruesome, but there wasn t that I wonder who the crazy perpetrator is feeling, because as soon as the person is presented to us, we know we have the killer It s not what I would call exciting In fact, to be honest, there s nothing really exciting about this book I was thinking of giving it only two stars, but, because it reads quite well, I ve decided to give and extra half star.Let s hope the next book on this series, Gone , is better Oh dear I don t seem to be doing very well with books at the momentI know that I m a fairly harsh critic and I rarely give five stars unless I LOVE a book But this is getting silly Another 1 review Enjoyed the last book I read of Mo s but this wasn t a patch on that Found the start quite gripping, but for me, it gradually went on a downward spiral. Anyone who s read my reviews on Birdman and The Treatment knows I have a soft spot for Mo Hayder.Even though she let me down in Ritual by veering away from Caffrey s storyline regarding his brother, I cannot forget how those first two novels hit me like a bag of bricks In Ritual, she introduced a new character, Flea, and I wasn t keen on her I was much too resentful of where the storyline was going so there was no way she was going to win me over.Skin is pretty much a continuation of Ritual I Anyone who s read my reviews on Birdman and The Treatment knows I have a soft spot for Mo Hayder.Even though she let me down in Ritual by veering away from Caffrey s storyline regarding his brother, I cannot forget how those first two novels hit me like a bag of bricks In Ritual, she introduced a new character, Flea, and I wasn t keen on her I was much too resentful of where the storyline was going so there was no way she was going to win me over.Skin is pretty much a continuation of Ritual I knew that going in, and normally that would have discouraged me But when she keeps puttingbooks out in the series to higher ratings, I can t resist the chance of hitting another novel that would match the intensity of the first two.Well, I m happy to report that not only was Skin a good read, but I was able to swallow my resentment and warm up to Flea This was no Birdman or The Treatment, but it s still Mo Hayder Her pacing in this novel was very good, where the alternating storylines made for compulsive reading.I just hope that with the next novel, Gone, she placesfocus on Caffrey and less or totally eliminate The Walking Man I couldn t care less for him Or the whole African mojo jojo story arc for that matter.Mildly recommended in anticipation of better things to come My mind tended to wander a little while reading this book I think it was partly due to the writing itself There were some paragraphs that I couldn t understand, had to re read, look up British slang, or just move on The writing seemed erratic and disjointed, so it confused me a little, then later I got the gist This book picks up a week after the previous book, Ritual, ends, and it leaves us with a cliffhanger The book entails Caffery and Flea doing their things, suicides, murders, and one My mind tended to wander a little while reading this book I think it was partly due to the writing itself There were some paragraphs that I couldn t understand, had to re read, look up British slang, or just move on The writing seemed erratic and disjointed, so it confused me a little, then later I got the gist This book picks up a week after the previous book, Ritual, ends, and it leaves us with a cliffhanger The book entails Caffery and Flea doing their things, suicides, murders, and one sick doctor I don t really like what either of the protagonists do in this book I hope the next one is better Skin immediately proves Mo Hayder to be evenambitious than I thought Not so much the fourth book in the Jack Caffery series as an immediate sequel to the third book, Ritual, what we have here is a panoramic, widescreen mystery told on a huge tapestry The book picks up a week after the end of Ritual and once again stars Caffery and diver Flea Marley, only this time it keeps them apart for much of the story as they wrestle with two very different kinds of fallout from the events that occ Skin immediately proves Mo Hayder to be evenambitious than I thought Not so much the fourth book in the Jack Caffery series as an immediate sequel to the third book, Ritual, what we have here is a panoramic, widescreen mystery told on a huge tapestry The book picks up a week after the end of Ritual and once again stars Caffery and diver Flea Marley, only this time it keeps them apart for much of the story as they wrestle with two very different kinds of fallout from the events that occurred in the previous book There s all the usual stuff that makes Hayder s work so compelling a twisted crime at the heart of the plot, pitch black humor, morally ambiguous protagonists but as I read this one it struck me that one thing Hayder does so well in these last two books is to move the action out of London and into the rural corners of Southwest England between Bath and Bristol It s out here that she s able to plumb some increasingly creepy depths, playing with the darkness that lurks in the forests and quarries instead of the urban streets and alleys that are often the setting of contemporary mysteries There s no good reason I can think of why Hayder s work isn t better known in this country Reason for Reading Next in the series and Mo Hayder is my favourite author in the world at the moment Summary A suicide is found and everything points to case closed, though the ex husband does show concern that things don t seem right When another suicide with the same MO shows up Jack Caffery asks to be put on the case as he has found some connections between the two At the same time celebrity rich girl, Misty Kitson, has simply vanished and police diver Flea Marley has been called in to Reason for Reading Next in the series and Mo Hayder is my favourite author in the world at the moment Summary A suicide is found and everything points to case closed, though the ex husband does show concern that things don t seem right When another suicide with the same MO shows up Jack Caffery asks to be put on the case as he has found some connections between the two At the same time celebrity rich girl, Misty Kitson, has simply vanished and police diver Flea Marley has been called in to search a few lakes and a quarry Flea and Jack do not work together in this novel, they are off on their own this time Jack s case takes him to a very strange human being and a sick prolific serial killer while Flea is hit out of the blue by a family problem that she must deal with and it is something that will change her life forever.Comments First off the mystery story was quite good, it did lack Hayder s trademark gruesomeness and weirdness which I ve come to expect but still a strange enough case to be worthy of Hayder s talent Flea s story, however, is the one that gets the reader s blood thumping Not exactly a mystery as we learn the facts as quickly as Flea does butpure thriller What Hayder has done in this book is examine her main characters personalities and moral boundaries From earlier books we know what Jack is capable of, but he has shown determinedly to prove himself the better man he knows he can be Flea we ve only seen from one side, this novel tests her boundaries and between them both Mo Hayder has created two very unique main character detectives for a police procedural series Are they likable Can they be likable What does it say about the reader if he does like them Personally, I did not like Jack the first time I met him in Birdman but I grew to like him quite quickly At this time I do still like both Flea and Jack but with caveats and I must see what the next book brings before I make any final decisions But whether I like them or not as persons, I love them as the unique, distinct detective team in Hayder s twisted thrillers with plots that no one else could write Unfortunately, there were too many I can t exactly believe this would really happen moments in this book I have enjoyed Hayder s books in the past and given them high ratings, but this one didn t deliver as well as her previous books in this series. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Ever since I discovered Mo Hayder last year, I became quite a fan of her writing, especially the books about inspector Caffery They were exciting, nervewrecking and gross The last Caffery I ve read, Ritual, brought a really dark undertone to it all, dealing with the African Muti and Tokoloshe I was thrilled to know that all of that would continue in Skin, as would Flea Marley return.Alas, this turned out to be everything I hoped it wouldn t be A not so great sequel.The plot seems interesting Ever since I discovered Mo Hayder last year, I became quite a fan of her writing, especially the books about inspector Caffery They were exciting, nervewrecking and gross The last Caffery I ve read, Ritual, brought a really dark undertone to it all, dealing with the African Muti and Tokoloshe I was thrilled to know that all of that would continue in Skin, as would Flea Marley return.Alas, this turned out to be everything I hoped it wouldn t be A not so great sequel.The plot seems interesting at first, judging by the blurb A serial killer who skins animals as well as humans This would become another gross read like Birdman and The Treatment The skinning, however, is kept to a bare minimum, and apart from a dog and a rabbit, you can take that quite literally.The whole reason behind the skinning and killing that did happen, escaped me I never got the satisfying explanation her other books had Too bad, cause there is quite some potential here.The search for the killer is also a turn off It s all dark until one connection between two victims is made and from there on, it s obvious whodunnit Even then remains the question, why skin take a lil bit of skin them It s actually not until Caffery enters the house of the killer that we know he skinned them Then there is Flea Marley In Ritual, she was a pretty cool sidekick to Caffery, but they barely crossed paths whatsoever here She was completely minding her own business here That business made her become someone completely different Not the likeable Flea from Ritual but rather an annoying character who happens to enter the main storyline way too much Because of all the drama going on in her own personal life, she chooses to go against the law several times, which made her act out of character, ot so I think.Everything in this book takes place about a week after the events in Ritual, so the Tokoloshe stuff is all quite fresh Where in Ritual everything about this creature was wrapped in mist, here things were revealed a bitEven though it was an interesting thing in Ritual, and fitted nicely in the bigger picture, I felt that he was kept around just to make things a bit easier for Caffery and Flea.At the end, the story is clealy not finished, so I truly hope Hayder picks up her game and delivers again, cause I d hate to see the storyline lead out in Ritual shrivel down to this and less When The Decomposed Body Of A Young Woman Is Found By Near Railway Tracks Just Outside Bristol One Hot May Morning, All Indications Are That She S Committed Suicide That S How The Police Want It Too All Neatly Squared And Tidied AwayBut DI Jack Caffery Is Not So Sure He Is On The Trail Of Someone Predatory, Someone Who Hides In The Shadows And Can Slip Into Houses UnseenAnd For The First Time In A Very Long Time, He Feels ScaredPolice Diver Flea Marley Is Working Alongside Caffery Having Come To Terms With The Loss Of Her Parents, And With The Traumas Of Her Past Safely Behind Her, She S Beginning To Wonder Whether Their Relationship Could Go Beyond The ProfessionalAnd Then She Finds Something That Changes Everything Not Only Is It Far Too Close To Home For Comfort But It S So Horrifying That She Knows That Nothing Will Ever Be The Same AgainAnd That This Time, No One Not Even Caffery Can Help Her I feel I am being generous when offering this book 3 stars I was looking forward to reading this following on from Ritual and seeing how Flea and Caffery s relationship might develop and unfortunately their interaction was ltd You also got the impression that this was going to continue with the Tokoloshe which in a way it did but with a real lack of depth It seemed like Mo had changed her mind half way through the book and their story lines although weirdly crossing over they seemed very remo I feel I am being generous when offering this book 3 stars I was looking forward to reading this following on from Ritual and seeing how Flea and Caffery s relationship might develop and unfortunately their interaction was ltd You also got the impression that this was going to continue with the Tokoloshe which in a way it did but with a real lack of depth It seemed like Mo had changed her mind half way through the book and their story lines although weirdly crossing over they seemed very removed from each other It felt like two books mashed together rather than one complete story and within that there were so many references to past and future potential story lines it detracted from the main story There was no real depth to the murder case that Caffery was investigating A lot of the story was very over the top and so far fetched I struggled to believe on invest in this one lacked suspense and rather predictable However it is easy to read and you will breeze through it but in a nut shell it s very unrealistic and a bit rubbish In no rush to read the next instalment as theI read of Mo s the worse they seem to get


About the Author: Mo Hayder

Mo Hayder left school at fifteen She worked as a barmaid, security guard, film maker, hostess in a Tokyo club, educational administrator and teacher of English as a foreign language in Asia She has an MA in film from The American University in Washington DC and an MA in creative writing from Bath Spa University UK Mo lives in Bath with her daughter Lotte Genevieve.Series Jack Caffery


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