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, "e;New York Daily News"e;
Another astonishing mutation of the crime thriller . . . "e;Pig Island"e;] masterfully exposes not only the horror but also the human frailty at the story s core. Anna Mundow, "e;The Boston Globe"e;
From Edgar Award winner and internationally bestselling author Mo Hayder, "e;Pig Island"e; 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, "e;The New York Times Book Review"e;
Mo Hayder has a profound ability to shock and surprise her readers, and "e;Pig Island"e; surpasses anything she has written before. She s the bravest writer I know. Karin Slaughter, author of "e;Cop Town"e;"e;