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Friday, 11 March 2011

Birdman by Mo Hayder

Greenwich, south-east London 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 realizes 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...

This was my third and final book for the Transworld Crime Caper and is the first book in the Jack Caffery series.

Five prostitutes have been murdered and one thing links them all - a bird is placed inside each body before being buried. The book follows the police investigation, which has two officers following different leads. However, the investigating team did eventually work together to solve the case.

At the start of the book I was drawn into the story however as i got further into the book, and especially the last few chapters I found the story got very gruesome, which was the climax of the case, however I did find it a bit too much.

I liked Mo Hayder's style of writing and it was great to see a book set in England. The police investigation was exciting and I could see the book made into a film, maybe toning down some of the gruesome scenes. Hayder's style of writing was very descriptive and there were parts of the book that i could imagine the scene clearly, not the murders thankfully, and I will be looking out for other books from the author to see what Caffery investigates next.

Thank you to Transworld for the Transworld Crime Caper. I have found two authors that I will definitely be reading more from (Tess Gerritsen and Mo Hayder) and one that I may read again, Niamh O' Conner, although I was not so keen on this author.

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