Holiday read: Wolf – Mo Hayder

So Wolf isn’t exactly light holiday reading, but there are few things I love more than a good crime thriller.

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I’ve read a few of Hayder’s Jack Caffery thrillers and they never seem to loose their edge. Skin was another favourite of mine, Hayder never seems to loose the dark and disturbing quality if her writing throughout the whole story and still leaves you completely shocked when you reach the twist at the end.

Because although you know there will inevitably be some sort of twist at the end, Hayder keeps yu guessing throughout and you never expect what it eventually turns out to be. I mean, without giving away spoilers, I knew whatever Mr Anchor-Ferrers was writing on the bottom of the rug whilst being held hostage ultimately meant that he had figured out what, who and how they had found themselves in that position, but I never expected it to be the person it was.

I always love psychological elements to crime thrillers and the mystery that comes with them, that’s probably why I love shows like Criminal Minds and Luther so much. although it might sound dark and kind if messed up that I enjoy it, things like the behavioural analysis in Criminal Minds is so intriguing; getting an insight into the psychosis behind what turns someone into a serial killer. That doesn’t mean I’d be able to do a job like that, although I’m good at detaching myself from emotions, profiling a serial killer and their motives by trying to understand their reasons for killing is not something I could ever understand or try to comprehend.

This Jack Caffery book did feel like the Caffery story was secondary to the actual plot, although it developed the existing storyline behind the disappearance of Caffery’s brother, it felt forced to coincide with the main plot. Previous books have followed Caffery whereas this felt like Caffery running to catch up to follow the already existing plot.

But Hayder’s writing is as brilliantly gruesome and violent as ever, her description of innards hanging in the woods is shockingly raw but her descriptions are authentic and are never too long but just enough to send the shiver up your spine, that’s the sign of a very good thriller.

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