Pig Island

by Mo Hayder | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 055381463x Global Overview for this book
Registered by YowlYY on 2/3/2007
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8 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by YowlYY on Saturday, February 3, 2007
Journalist Joe Oakes makes a living exposing supernatural hoaxes. A born sceptic, he believes everything has a rational explanation. But when he visits a secretive religious community on a remote Scottish island, everything he thought he knew is overturned. Questions mount: Why has the community been accused of Satanism? What has happened to their leader, Pastor Malachi Dove? And perhaps most important, why will no one discuss the strange apparition seen wandering the lonely beaches of Pig Island?
Their confrontation, and its violent and bloody aftermath, is so catastrophic that it forces Oaksey to question the nature of evil, and whether he might not be responsible for the terrible crime about to unfold.
In this compulsive and haunting novel, Mo Hayder dares her readers to face their fears head on and to think about the unspeakable things people can do to each other.

Journal Entry 2 by YowlYY on Saturday, February 3, 2007
Gripping, gripping story... started yesterday on my way to St Albans and already half-way through, what a scary story!!

I am going to offer it as a bookray straight away, hoping that the Mo Hayder fans that have read the previous three books will be interested...

09 Feb 2007:
Top points for narration, split between the monologues of Oaksey and Lex, his wife, and for a strange story with - once again - very gorey details that are just briefly "shown" without going into depth. This just does it, and the reader just gets increased heartbeats!
It is a typical weird story a la Mo Hayder,however the ending did not quite convince me completely. It is a shocking ending and certainly not what I was expecting, but I did not close the book with the sense of satisfaction that I got from the other three...so, I am now curious to see what the others think of it!

Journal Entry 3 by YowlYY on Friday, February 9, 2007
The ray goes like this:

mellowdaisy (UK, mailing domestic/Europe)
rumble-bee (Germany, mailing Europe)
sunflowergirl (UK, mailing UK)
4orty7even (UK, mailing UK)
Ollie1976 (US, mailing domestic only)
mellion108 (US, mailing worldwide surface)
BellaMack (Australia)- read a copy already

the last on the ray (currently BellaMack) can decide what to do with the book...extend the ray? swap it? RABCK it? free it in the wild? anything allowed :) Thanks for playing!

Journal Entry 4 by mellowdaisy on Friday, February 23, 2007
This arrived today, thank you to YowlYY for organising this ray. I have got a few ring books before this one but I'll certainly get through it as quickly as I can!

Journal Entry 5 by mellowdaisy on Thursday, April 5, 2007
I didn't realise I was the first one on the list for this book - I was looking forward to reading what others had thought of it too! I enjoyed the story, the gore was just about ok for me: not too much detail so that I'd dwell on it or not be able to read, and enough to paint the picture. I'm a bit confused by the ending really. I don't believe it, I think there's more to do with it involving her. If it is true then I think it's a bit naff, there was all the wind up to the end and I feel as though it hasn't really ended. The story was really good and I would recommend this to others....I'm just not really sure how I feel about the end!

I hope I've managed to write what I think above without giving anything away. I will be interested to read future journal entries on this book. I have PMed rumble-bee and will send this on as soon as I have an address.

Journal Entry 6 by rumble-bee from Velbert, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Monday, April 23, 2007
Mo Hayder has gone to Germany - thanks, mellowdaisy, for sending this along so swiftly!
I am really, really curious - gory details have never been a problem for me, on the contrary. There are some bookrings prior to this, but we shall see.

Journal Entry 7 by rumble-bee from Velbert, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Saturday, July 5, 2008
Thanks everyone for your patience!
This book has been hiding so very successfully in my MTBR that I only took it out some days ago. But then I read it straight through.

I do share most readers' confusion about the ending. You'd have to read the book again at once to really understand the ending and its implications. While reading, I thought some of the passages in the middle were a bit lenghty - but the ending put all that in a different light. The split perspective between Oakesy and his wife was a good idea; however, I still think Hayder is not as good at portraying women as at writing from a male perspective.

I was a bit dissatisfied with the language, too. I am quite used to American English, or British slang. But this was neither the one nor the other. Sort of would-be-Scottish, I suppose. She would have done better to stick to a style of speech she knew really well.

All in all, a good read for true fans of Mo Hayder.

I'll be on holiday for a week, starting from today, so I will mail this out as soon as I return.

Journal Entry 8 by rumble-bee from Velbert, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Still no answer from sunflowergirl. I will try again, and if there's still no reply, I'll contact the next one on the list.

Journal Entry 9 by sunflowergirl from Carlisle, Cumbria United Kingdom on Monday, August 18, 2008
The book has arrived here today, thanks rumble-bee for sending it on to me (and thanks also to yowlyy for letting me join the ray). Real life is awful at the moment but I'm finding some escape in reading so hopefully I'll get to this very soon. I've really enjoyed all of the previous Mo Hayder books I've read so I'm hoping this one will be as good. I'll journal it again once I've read it.

Journal Entry 10 by sunflowergirl from Carlisle, Cumbria United Kingdom on Friday, September 26, 2008
I've been reading this book as often as I've had chance over the past few days; it's been one of those books that's very difficult to put down. I read the final 200 pages in the early hours of this morning - I got to the point where I just had to know how it was going to end. I suspected early on that there was more to this story than what there appeared to be and at some points I had a really strong suspicion about what had happened on the island which turned out to be correct... at least I think I was correct as the ending was a bit strange. I really enjoyed reading this book though, it kept me on the edge of my seat. I can't wait for Mo Hayder's next novel now!

I've PM'd 4orty7even and am now awaiting their address.

Journal Entry 11 by sunflowergirl from Carlisle, Cumbria United Kingdom on Friday, October 17, 2008
I've tried PMing 4orty7even a few times now and have received no reply. I've now PM'd tutleymutley for their address.

Journal Entry 12 by sunflowergirl from Carlisle, Cumbria United Kingdom on Friday, October 17, 2008
Tutleymutley has already read the book and so has asked to be skipped. I'll try PMing 4orty7even again and if I don't hear back in a couple of days I'll PM the next person. Hope this is ok.

Journal Entry 13 by sunflowergirl from Carlisle, Cumbria United Kingdom on Friday, January 9, 2009
I'm so sorry that I've been slow to post this book; life has got in the way of Bookcrossing in recent weeks. Anyway, I finally got this book in the post to 4orty7even today so it should get there soon.

Journal Entry 14 by 4orty7even from Kingston upon Thames, Surrey United Kingdom on Sunday, March 28, 2010
Totally forgot to journal this book when it arrived - apologies!

An enjoyable read, with a good twist, but overall an unconvincing plot. If you've not read Mo Hayder, try Birdman, it's much better.

The book is now on it's way across the pond to Ollie1976.

Journal Entry 15 by Ollie1976 from Beaverton, Oregon USA on Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Received yesterday! Thanks!

Journal Entry 16 by Ollie1976 at Raleigh, North Carolina USA on Wednesday, May 26, 2010
I'll be releasing this tomorrow to the next person on the list. I thought that it was not as good as her first novels but still worth the read

Journal Entry 17 by mellion108 at Bloomfield Hills, Michigan USA on Saturday, June 5, 2010
Thanks for sending this my way, ollie. The book is here and I'll start on it as soon as I can. I have 3 books ahead of it, but I'll try to not keep it long. Thanks!

Journal Entry 18 by mellion108 at Bloomfield Hills, Michigan USA on Monday, July 19, 2010
Hayder just has a way of getting under a reader's skin—this is the third book I've read by her, and I've really enjoyed them all. In fact, I'd love her to do a sequel to Pig Island. I really liked these characters and that Hayder allowed each of them to tell a story.

Even with the level of weirdness of the charactes, my vote for creepiest character in this novel is Lexie. She is one crazy chick.

Anyway, BellaMack has already read the book and asked me to skip her. That makes me the final reader. If it's ok with you YowlYY, I'm going to check wishlists to pass this on. If it's not on a wishlist, I'll offer it up as a ray to continue its journey.

Thanks again for sharing!

Journal Entry 19 by mellion108 at Bloomfield Hills, Michigan USA on Monday, November 22, 2010
Well, I tried to continue the ray, but I didn't have any takers.

The good news, however, is that I found a wishlist recipient! I'm packaging the book tonight to mail to WestofMars. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 20 by WestofMars at Mars, Pennsylvania USA on Thursday, December 9, 2010
I actually picked this up from my PO Box a few days ago, but it's here and I'm so very thankful for the RABCK. Watch your mail, Mellion... I've got one headed toward you as a way of saying thanks!

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