Mo Hayder, who writes dark, perfect thrillers . . . now spins a shivery tale about a cult on the west coast of Scotland, where the weather nourishes bleak menace. Sherryl Connelly, "New York Daily News"
Another astonishing mutation of the crime thriller . . . "Pig Island"] masterfully exposes not only the horror but also the human frailty at the story s core. Anna Mundow, "The Boston Globe"
From Edgar Award winner and internationally bestselling author Mo Hayder, "Pig Island" is a riveting, disturbing thriller of religious fanatics, hoax debunkers, and the dark side of belief. Journalist Joe Oakes makes a living exposing supernatural hoaxes, but when he visits a secretive religious cult on a remote Scottish island, everything he thought he knew is overturned. While investigating a strange apparition caught briefly on film wandering the lonely beaches of Pig Island, so deformed it can hardly be human, Oakes crosses a border of electrical fencing, toxin-filled oil drums, and pigs skulls to infiltrate the territory of the group's isolated founder, Malachi Dove. The violent consequences of Oakes s transgression are so catastrophic that it forces him to question the nature of evil and to face a terrible reality: was Dove responsible for one of the bloodiest crimes Scotland has seen in years? And, worse, have his actions set into motion a killing machine that will stop at nothing?
A novel that taps into the current fascination with all things supernatural and questions our assumptions about a number of subjects, from faith healing to cultish religious groups and society s definition of evil. Marilyn Stasio, "The New York Times Book Review"
Mo Hayder has a profound ability to shock and surprise her readers, and "Pig Island" surpasses anything she has written before. She s the bravest writer I know. Karin Slaughter, author of "Cop Town""