I have intended to read a book by Mo Hayder for a long time. I kept seeing The Devil of Nanking on the shelf, but for some reason never managed to check it out or get around to reading it. But I have to say, now that I have finished reading Gone, her latest thriller featuring Jack Caffery and Flea Marley, I will be bringing Mo on vacation with me for sure!
Wow! Gone comes at you like a punch to the face. And then it lets you shake your head a bit, get your perspective back, and then it just keeps coming. A young girl is gone, swept off in her mother’s car in broad daylight by a man wearing a rubber Santa Claus mask. The police at first assume that the carjacker has made a desperate error and Martha will be ditched at the first opportunity. But as the hours mount, then turn into days, it becomes abundantly clear that Martha’s snatching was not just a carjacking gone wrong.
Suddenly the race is on to figure out just what is going on and who is perpetrating it and why. But the investigation is hobbled by a clever criminal who seems steps ahead at every turn.
It is not often that a book achieves the same level of suspense that can be created in film. But Gone did that for me. Throughout I had to stick in my bookmark, put it down under something and walk away – the tension between needing to know what was happening and fearing what was happening was almost palpable. And when I finished it, I was exhausted.
On the cover of the book, the Sunday Expresscalls it a “clever, stomach-churning, fast-paced, top-notch thriller.” Couldn’t have said it better myself! Go read Mo Hayder!
Finally, I have a little technological tidbit for you. I have been exploring the library’s online catalogue recently and discovering some really cool things you can do with it. Like tagging. Tagging is the process of adding short descriptors, or “tags,” to items in the catalogue. I have gone through and tagged every book I have talked about on this blog in 2011 with “Mondays are murder.” Click on the link and check out the list – there might be something that you meant to read and totally forgot about!