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Hanging Hill

Hanging Hill

Written by Mo Hayder

Narrated by Rosalyn Landor


Hanging Hill

Written by Mo Hayder

Narrated by Rosalyn Landor

ratings:
4/5 (19 ratings)
Length:
13 hours
Released:
Jan 31, 2012
ISBN:
9781611205459
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Description

One morning in picture-perfect Bath, England, a teenage girl's body is found on the towpath of a canal: Lorne Woods - beautiful, popular, and apparently the victim of a disturbingly brutal murder. 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. Meanwhile, Zoe's sister, Sally - recently divorced and in dire financial straits - has begun working as a housekeeper for a rich entrepreneur who quickly begins to seem possibly dangerous. 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.
Released:
Jan 31, 2012
ISBN:
9781611205459
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

Also available as bookBook

About the author

MO HAYDER is the author of the internationally bestselling novels Birdman, The Treatment, The Devil of Nanking, Pig Island, Ritual, Skin, Gone—which won the 2012 Edgar Award for best novel—Hanging Hill and Poppet. In 2011, she received the Crime Writers’ Association Dagger in the Library award. She lives in the Cotswolds, England. WEB: www.mohayder.net FACEBOOK: AuthorMoHayder


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  • (4/5)
    This is a story that captivated me from the beginning. A teenage girl is found dead. On the one hand, the police are detecting on the other hand, a mother interferes, which, as luck would have it, is the sister of a policewoman. The fact that the two get in each other's way does not always help solve the case. Each tries to protect the other and they become entangled more and more and no one has the overview.[[Mo Hayder]] can always expose her thrillers so that you can see all traces, but is still caught in the interpersonal relationships of the protagonists and therefore advises at the end, who is now the villain.
  • (5/5)
    This was a very good book with an interesting and varied srtory line that had some good twists, especially right at the end. It was my first Mo Hayder book, but I will not be my last.
  • (4/5)
    This book is crying for a sequel. Will they get away with it?
  • (4/5)
    great ending. totally out of left field. i thought the book was too long. the character sally drove me insane. an utter twit. her daughter was such a pain in the ass. even zoe wasn't very likeable. so tedious characters but a great plot.
  • (2/5)
    I have loved all the Mo Hayder books that I have read before but I could not get into this one. It seemed very slow and just did not hold my interest - I think I got about half way through and could not give it anymore time to get going. Such a shame as I was really looking forward to reading it.Back Cover Blurb:A teenage girl has been brutally murdered on her way home from school. The cryptic message 'all like her' is crudely written on her body.The dead girl's friends are deeply shocked and upset, but they all refuse to reveal anything about her last movements. Who are they protecting? And what more do they know?Headstrong Detective Inspector Zoe Benedict knows exactly how she wants to work this case. But Zoe's own dark past, if exposed, may jeopardize the search for justice.....and destroy her too.
  • (3/5)
    I usually rate Mo Hayder's books much higher than 7 out of 10. I think perhaps her books don't translate to audio book very well. There was none of the tension I've come to associate with her writing. I have to say though that the ending did send a chill up my spine.Sally and Zoe are sisters but are polar opposites. Sally is artistic, dreamy and not too ambitious. She is recently divorced and has a teen-aged daughter to raise. Zoe is driven, ambitious and single. Sally is working as a cleaner while Zoe is a police officer. Sally and Zoe haven't talked to each other for years. There was an incident between them when they were young and their parents separated them. However, they both live in Bath and, through their parents, they know what is happening to the other. Then they are brought together when Zoe is investigating the murder of a teen-aged girl who was a friend of Sally's daughter. I don't know if I wasn't paying complete attention but it seemed to me like there were gaps in the narrative. I never did find out exactly what Zoe was supposed to have done to Sally. And Zoe's past was made to be a big deal but then it turned out she pole-danced when she was young which certainly doesn't seem to be that big a deal. I'll have to remember that Hayder's work isn't something I enjoy on audiobook.
  • (4/5)
    Mo Hayder always write gripping stories. This one is not an exception. I started reading this because of some reviews that mention a chilling ending, and as I got closer to the last page, I couldn't understand the hype... That is until the last two pages...
  • (4/5)
    Not a review - but a comment. This book will leave you very unsettled. I haven't read very many mysteries like it. The case is solved, but the terror remains........very scary.
  • (5/5)
    An engaging well-paced whodunit thriller with a surprise ending. I'm not giving it away. Looking forward to Mo Hayder's next volume
  • (5/5)
    I was eager to read new this Hayder book as it wasn't part of the Jack Caffery series. The book was still dark in the typical Hayder way but it wasn't as 'creepy' as usual. It didn't have the usual nasty Caffery details. But I still enjoyed this. It's good to see some different characters and I would love to see more of Zoe and Sally. And the twist at the end? Fab! I usually know who the bad guy is immediately, but this one had me second guessing myself all the way through!
  • (4/5)
    The murder of a teenage girl brings two estranged sisters together. Zoe, the cop investigating the case, tries to keep her own past at bay when she discovers the murdered girl may have been involved in the porn industry. Sally, her sister, is unwittingly working for one of the most successful porn distributors in the UK. She'd rather not, but, since her divorce, she has not managed money well and poverty is restricting her daughter Millie's social activities. When Millie borrows money from a shady character, Sally's desperation reaches a breaking point. At first, each sister's life seems quite separate from the other's. But as events unfold, their paths cross and intertwine. Hayder's novel is dark and creepy, containing a fair amount of graphic language, sex, and violence. The plot twists and turns and the ending is more disturbing than satisfying. Not for all readers but a good combination of gritty crime fiction and engaging character development.
  • (4/5)
    Usually love Hayder, her darkness of her psychological novels are usually top notch. In this one while the darkness was still there, in the subject matter matter especially, the novel was just not as tight as hers usually are. She tended to ramble a bit and some of the characters were just annoying.
  • (5/5)
    Have you read or heard of Mo Hayder? Well, if you're a thriller/mystery/crime addict, you'll want to look her up.Hanging Hill is in set in England. In the prologue we're introduced to a pair of sisters - Zoe, always the strong, resilient one, is a police Detective Inspector and Sally, the pretty, 'brainless' one is a struggling, divorced and now single mom. Until the funeral they're now attending - they haven't spoken in eighteen years. A childhood 'event' that spurred this rift is alluded to but not fully explained until later on.From the opening prologue we go back to start on the events that lead to the funeral. Sally is working as a cleaner, trying to keep up with the bills and ensure that her teen daughter Millie can at least keep up the semblance of the life she used to lead. But when she borrows money from the wrong man, Sally is forced to take on an under the table job at one of her cleaning contracts - a man who produces pornography.Zoe is on the case of a murdered teen. When the body is found and she begins to investigate, she finds that the girl was one of Millie's acquaintances. After so many years apart, the sister's lives begin to connect in ways on one could never have predicted. As do the dynamics of their relationship......Oh, boy - Hayder is a master of plotting! Just when I thought I knew what was going to happen, she steers the story in a different direction. When I thought I knew who dunnit, my suppositions are changed in the next chapter. And the ending! You know when you're at the movie theatre and you think it's over and then something terrifying jumps out at you? Yeah, well Hayder does it with the written word - really, really well."But their conversation about children had allowed something thin and cold and cunning to come in from the dark and slide silently between them,. She knew it, he knew it."Hayder has a dark and devious mind. The crimes and the characters are gritty and disturbing. (not for squeamish readers) I enjoyed the personal story lines of Zoe and Sally and their evolvement as the stakes ratcheted up. I was a bit puzzled by Sally's boyfriend Steve. His mystery job and mystery trips are never fully explained. Is there more to be explored in further books? I would like to see these characters again - especially Zoe - she fits into the wounded female protagonist slot that is so hot right now. Crime aficionados - you'll want to pick this one up.
  • (1/5)
    This tale is described by the critics as an emotional thriller. It seems a fair tag. There is a lot of 'it could be this or it could be that.' And the angst ridden indecision is not limited to one character. This reader couldn't find a protagonist to warm up to and so...at page 116 skipped to the last fifty pages of this 428 page tome, thankful to have reached the end.I have found both gems and pieces of coal in Ms. Hayder' work. I loved Birdman, her first, as well as several that were written after Hanging Hill so there is no discernible trend to my own experience that I can offer. She clearly works hard at her craft. It may be down to my own emotional state as I encounter her thrillers. Kudos to Grove Atlantic, the publisher for providing a fine tactile experience in the quality of the hard copy.
  • (4/5)
    This is Mo Hayder's most recent standalone and now means I have caught up with her and read every one of her books. I have to admit that this was a slow read and comparing it to her other books I was going to give it a three. That is until the ending! Wow, what a rush the last third was and what a shocking twist ending!! She needs to hurry up and write a new book as I don't see anything coming up yet.
  • (3/5)
    Atmospheric, and enjoyable throughout watching the relationships emerge between the characters. I just found the twist ending a little too pat and unbelievable, and couldn't get a motive for why that protagonist was the "real killer"
  • (4/5)
    This is the story of two sisters from Bath. Zoe is a police woman she investigates the death of a teenage girl who went to school with her niece Milly. Millys mum is Sally she is recently divorced a bit skint and does cleaning jobs. Sally commits a horrilble crime. Zoe and Sally haven't talked for years, then suddenly they come together and try and solve the death of the teenage girl. This book started off really well but the ending was a let down.Overall worth a read.
  • (2/5)
    Ii did not finish this book. Didn't hold my interest, and it was a bit too gory for me
  • (3/5)
    So many twists and turns that eventually twisted me right out of interest!
  • (4/5)
    Absolute Spannung, die sich bis zum (offenen) Ende hält. Nervenkitzel vom Feinsten garantiert dieser Thriller.