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Synopsis: Detective Inspector Jack Caffery - young, driven, unshockable - is called to one of the most gruesome crime scenes he has ever seen. Five young women have been ritualistically murdered and dumped on wasteland near the Dome. Subsequent post-mortems reveal a singular, horrific signature linking the victims. Soon Caffery realises that he is on the trail of that most dangerous offender: a serial killer. Beset by animosity within the police force, haunted by the memory of a very personal death long ago, Caffery employs every weapon forensic science can offer to hunt him down. Because he knows that it is only a matter of time before this sadistic killer strikes again ...
My Review: I have been meaning to read this series for a long time and finally made a start. It’s always exciting when you start a new series and this one certainly got my attention. Jack Caffery is certainly a great lead and his very clear and troubling issues actually made him more likeable. He is called into a murder scene which I was expecting to be like numerous others I’ve read about. One thing that was very apparent from the start right through to the end is that this book is not for the faint hearted.
Mo Hayder has a certain way with the descriptive, gruesome and at times stomach turning scenes. The book certainly leans towards the more graphic type of crime novels I read, or maybe it was that the crimes themselves are rather dark and disturbing. That aside, the story was well paced, albeit there were a few clichéd moments. I got stuck into it really easily and found myself ploughing through nearly one half of the book in one sitting.
There were quite a few shock value moments which I mostly didn’t see coming and overall the book has a really dark and creepy feel to it. It’s made all the more enjoyable seeing Caffery do some real police work which includes making some cock-ups. I can see why this series has been such a hit with people and as soon as I was coming to the end of the book I wanted to go straight onto book 2. Sadly with other books taking preference it will have to wait. However, I can see me catching up in no time if the follow up books are anything like this one. I’m certainly looking forward to getting stuck in!