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Book 27: Hanging Hill by Mo Hayder

Book 27: Hanging Hill .
Author: Mo Hayder, 2010.
Genre: Crime Fiction. Police Procedural. Thriller.
Other Details: ebook. 429 pages.

Even good people do bad things...The Victim: 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 Silence: 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?

The Fear: Headstrong Detective Inspector Zoë Benedict knows exactly how she wants to work this case. But Zoë's own dark past, if exposed,may jeopardize the search for justice . . . and destroy her too.
- synopsis from author's website.

Set in Bath this stand alone thriller has all the hallmarks of Mo Hayder's work. It was a page-turner, filled with many twists and surprises and was also quite disturbing in content. At the heart of the novel is the relationship between Zoe and her estranged sister Sally and it was interesting to see how this played out against the background of the case.

I enjoyed it very much and tipped my hat in admiration of how well Hayder managed to deliver one last very chilling twist.
Tags: crime fiction, police drama, thriller
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