12. Ritual

Hayder Mo Hayder’s Ritual is the twelfth in my series of retrospective book reviews — this one also from March. For the full review, see here.

“Part of the pleasure of this thrilling book is the plot – trying to work out how all the threads will be connected – and pace; but another excellent aspect is how the author so well conveys the inner lives of her characters. In particular, in Jack and Flea, she has created two people who are struggling to come to terms with the same kind of pain, and who recognise and are in tune with each other from the start. I desperately hope Mo Hayder will write another book about these two, even though Jack is thinking about moving to East England on his fruitless quest, and Flea has more than a few loose ends to deal with, in particular the strange and so-far unrevealed activities of her damaged brother.

Mo Hayder is, as usual, unafraid to write about horrible and horrific events in which political correctness does not figure. She constructs a gruesomely involving, imaginative story: although she does not hold back from the gory details there is always a purpose in these revelations. The result is a gripping book, high on atmosphere, convincing in its portrayal of major and minor characters and their emotions, and totally involving to the reader.”