Hanging Hill by Mo Hayder

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“[Hayder] has in no way lost her ability to shock, thrill, entertain and occasionally torture us with her use of words. . . . A chiller to the very end. Hayder deals with Britain at its grittiest.” —Peter Millar, The Times (London)

Mo Hayder is a world-class author of gritty, gripping page-turners, winner of the Dagger in the Library from the Crime Writers’ Association for outstanding body of work. With her latest novel, she ratchets up the terror to fever pitch. Fast-paced and addictive, Hanging Hill centers around a pair of estranged sisters—one a cop, one a coddled wife fallen on hard times—and the gruesome homicide of a teenage beauty, which exposes the nightmares that lurk at the edges of our safe domestic lives.

One morning in picture-perfect Bath, England, a teenage girl’s body is found on the towpath of a canal. Lorne Wood—beautiful, popular, and apparently the victim of a disturbingly brutal murder. Why was she on the towpath alone late at night? Zoe Benedict—Harley-riding police detective, independent to a fault—is convinced the department head needs to look beyond the usual domestic motives to solve the case, but no one wants to hear it, especially from the department’s black sheep. Meanwhile, Zoe’s sister, Sally—recently divorced and in dire financial straits, supporting a daughter who was friends with the dead girl—has begun working as a housekeeper for a rich entrepreneur who seems less eccentric and more repugnant, and possibly dangerous. And why are his sinister associates showing up at her daughter’s school? When Zoe’s investigation turns up evidence that Lorne’s attempts to break into modeling had delivered her into the world of webcam girls and amateur porn, a crippling secret from Zoe’s past seems determined to emerge.

All roads seem to be leading to one conclusion: there’s something very wrong at the house on Hanging Hill. But will Zoe and Sally put their differences aside and fit all the pieces together before it’s too late? Hanging Hill is a masterful, terrifying book that will have readers sleeping with the lights on.

About Mo Hayder

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Mo Hayder has worked as a barmaid, security guard, filmmaker, hostess in a Tokyo nightclub, and teacher of English as a foreign language in Asia. She has MAas in filmmaking and creative writing.
Published February 7, 2012 by Atlantic Monthly Press. 432 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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What’s disconcerting is that Zoë acts more like a PI than one link in a chain of command with bosses, even telling Sally, “I’m not going to the police.” Yes, that’s sister Sally, for by now the two have reconciled, and the spectacle of these sisters gaining strength and self-respect has become as...

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Publishers Weekly

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Zoe and Sally are two estranged sisters living in Bath, England.

Mar 26 2012 | Read Full Review of Hanging Hill

Publishers Weekly

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In this superb stand-alone from British author Hayder (Pig Island), the brutal murder of 16-year-old Lorne Wood, found dead in a park with words written on her corpse, draws together the Benedict sisters, Zoë and Sally, who have been estranged for years, despite both living in the city of Bath.

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Book Reporter

Millie and Zoe initially come into contact with one another, which brings Zoe and Sally reluctantly and tangentially together as well, if only for a moment.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Sally's struggle to provide for herself and her daughter will resonate with anyone who has ever had to say no to expensive school holidays, taking whatever jobs come along to pay the bills, no matter how grim.

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Sally and Zoe are sisters, but have little in common and are all but estranged.

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NY Daily News

While grim Scandinavian crime novels are the in thing right now, readers would be making a mistake if they overlooked the masterful British crime writer Mo Hayder’s new novel “Hanging Hill.” Zoe Benedict and her partner Ben, both detectives on the Bath police force, are on the case when a teen...

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Bookmarks Magazine

Then Sally's daughter gets into difficulties, and Sally finds she needs cash - lots of it - fast.

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Monsters and Critics

Fast-paced and addictive, her latest, Hanging Hill, centers around a pair of estranged sisters, one a policeman, and the gruesome homicide of a teenage beauty which leads them deeper than they ever anticipated into an underground world of sex and violence.One morning in picture-perfect Bath, Engl...

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ForeWord Reviews

Her books draw not only upon personal encounters with criminals and prostitutes but also close consultation with law enforcement officers to bring a gritty realism that is often lacking in the genre.

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