Ritual

by Mo Hayder | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 9781554681983 Global Overview for this book
Registered by HoserLauren of Burlington, Ontario Canada on 10/5/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Sunday, October 05, 2008
I received this from Harper Collins to review.

From Chapters:
DI Jack Caffery, the hero of Mo Hayder’s bestselling novels Birdman and The Treatment, is back. Seconded from London to Bristol, Caffery is trying to leave his personal life behind, but he cannot escape the memories of his younger brother’s murder and the suspect who went free. When police diver Sergeant Phoebe “Flea” Marley discovers a freshly severed human hand in Bristol’s harbour and its mate buried under a restaurant’s doorstep, Caffery is there to lead the investigation. But rather than find answers, or a body to match those hands, Caffery and Flea discover a terrifying underworld of drug addiction, ritual mutilation and muti, African medicine magic.
Tormented by his personal demons, Caffery seeks out the company of the infamous Walking Man, a recently released convict from a high-security prison, who sleeps rough and walks the country roads as he relives the memories of a terrifying crime. Flea Marley has her own ghosts to confront—the cave-diving death of her parents in a cold, water-filled hole in South Africa—and a frightening personal association with the crime she and Caffery are investigating.

Journal Entry 2 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, October 15, 2008
DI Jack Caffery starts back to work in Bristol after moving from London to escape his demons. The man who Caffery believes killed his younger brother is dead, which seemed to release Caffery from his life in London and has allowed him to move to Bristol. However he can't quite seem to let it go and he leads a bit of a drifter's life: following around the 'Walking Man', using the services of hookers, staying away from real relationships, and not fully moving in to his home.

Caffery gets called in when divers find a single hand in a lake. Flea Marley is the head diver and immediately thinks something isn't right. Hands don't float, so how was the person able to see this hand? Flea is persistent, but she has her own demons to fight as well, including the death of her parents, her father's friend who has some pretty strong drugs to help her deal with her parents death, and her junkie friend.

It's harder to relate to Caffery in this novel. I used to understand the grief, guilt, and hatred he carried around with him about his bother's loss, but it seems to have morphed in this novel into something completely different. He's much more distant than he used to be, which is a shame because the hint of vulnerability he had in his previous 2 novels made me like him that much more. Flea Marley is similar in this respect. There's something about her that just doesn't quite click with me so that I completely embrace her character, even though I still like her.

Hayder is known for the horror she brings into her novels and the crazy twists and turns that keep you guessing. Pig Island was an excellent showcase for her talent. This novel was a bit more tame than her previous books. However, it did set up a Caffery/Marley partnership that should produce more interesting books in the future.

Journal Entry 3 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Thursday, October 16, 2008
This book is with me now

Journal Entry 4 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Thursday, November 13, 2008
Phoebe (Flea) Marley, a police diver, finds a severed hand in the Bristol Harbour. She finds it strange that someone could see the hand through the murky water. Her persistence in finding out where the hand came from locates its mate, also severed under the door of a restaurant. Now what about the person those hands belong to.

DI Jack Caffery has moved from London and is put in charge of the case. Jack has moved to Bristol after the death of the man who had murdered his brother. His demons are dead but they refuse to leave him alone. He can not settle. He can not form relationships except with drifters and hookers.

Flea has her own demons. Her parents lost their lives in a diving accident in Africa. The case involves drug addiction, African and tribal muti, and ritual mutilation.

I found the characters very dislikeable. In the past I felt sorry for Caffery but this time felt he was just too weird. The same could be said about Flea, just very weird. This book was not up to the caliber of Hayder's other books but still a great read

Journal Entry 5 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Sunday, November 16, 2008
Sent off to Sunlightbub today from the Sick Shit Swap!

Journal Entry 6 by Sunnybubble from Wallasey, Merseyside United Kingdom on Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Yay!! THanks Ace and Lauren - I was born in Bristol you know..piece of Sunny trivia there for you!
I've not read any of Hayder's book yet and mum might get to it first but looks FAB!! Thanks for sending all this way XXXX

Journal Entry 7 by Sunnybubble at Wallasey, Merseyside United Kingdom on Friday, November 05, 2010
I'm reading the Caffery books in order, and like Ace & Lauren, I thought Jack had lost the plot a bit in this one ( more so than usual). There is a sense of wanting to give him a good shake and tell him to get over himself!
I did quite like Flea though. But seriously how much angst can two people have between them?
Despite all this I did 'enjoy' the book, which is definitely not for the faint hearted..
Did enjoy recognizing the locations described in my home town!!

Now off to CiD for some exchange or other!!

Journal Entry 8 by wingcandy-is-dandywing at Braintree, Essex United Kingdom on Sunday, February 20, 2011
So sorry I didn't journal sooner but 'life' was hectic over Christmas and I'm only just sorting myself out. Thanks very much, sunny, for this wishlist book.

Journal Entry 9 by wingcandy-is-dandywing at Great Bardfield, Essex United Kingdom on Friday, June 14, 2013

Released 5 yrs ago (6/14/2013 UTC) at Great Bardfield, Essex United Kingdom

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By generous bookmule from Essex to Suffolk for onward releasing.

Journal Entry 10 by Semioticghost at Ipswich, Suffolk United Kingdom on Sunday, June 30, 2013
Picked up from C-is-D with the Bookmule's help. Now moving on to a friendly, lovely pub where I'm going to a quiz tonight and where another thriller-reading bookcrosser is a local.

Journal Entry 11 by Semioticghost at The Red Lion pub in Manningtree, Essex United Kingdom on Sunday, June 30, 2013

Released 5 yrs ago (6/30/2013 UTC) at The Red Lion pub in Manningtree, Essex United Kingdom

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To be left in the pub after the quiz tonight!

Journal Entry 12 by Semioticghost at The Red Lion pub in Manningtree, Essex United Kingdom on Sunday, June 30, 2013

Released 5 yrs ago (6/30/2013 UTC) at The Red Lion pub in Manningtree, Essex United Kingdom

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To be left in the pub after the quiz tonight!

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