Ritual

by Mo Hayder | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 9780143116073 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 5/27/2019
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Monday, May 27, 2019
I got this paperback at a local thrift shop. It's from Hayder's wrenching and grisly series centering on police detective Jack Caffrey, following The Treatment and leading into Skin. (I first read this one via library book, and was glad to find a release copy.)

Hayder's books are very well-written but also very, very dark, with some of the most gruesome and horrific crimes I've encountered in fiction. This one's not the most harrowing of the series but it certainly has its grim segments. It does feature the intriguing secondary character Flea Marley, a police diver with her own personal demons. Here, she finds a severed hand in a local harbor, which leads her and Caffery to a disappearance and a very troublesome case.

The book opens with what seems a non sequitur, an atmospheric description of Boesmansgat, aka "Bushman's Hole", a 900+ feet deep freshwater sinkhole in South Africa. (This is a real-world location, probably best known for the heart-wrenching story of a young diver who was lost there, and whose body was recovered ten years later by an experienced diver - who lost his own life in the process.) This does tie in to Flea's story, though, with a major impact on her life...

This book also introduces the enigmatic "Walking Man," whom Caffery believes to have knowledge of his long-lost brother's fate.

Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at Little Free Library, 214 Main St. in Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Released 7 mos ago (8/13/2019 UTC) at Little Free Library, 214 Main St. in Nashua, New Hampshire USA

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I left this book in the Little Free Library near the Church of the Good Shepherd on Main Street; hope someone enjoys it!

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*** Released for the 2019 One-Word Title release challenge. ***

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