Well, they say the last few pages are the toughest… 🙂
After a bit of a delay (Christmas), Leonard Bliss and the Accountant of the Apocalypse has finally landed at the Amazon eBook store.
Mo Hayder’s books should come with a small phial of whiskey sellotaped to the spine; every one I’ve read (the excellent Jack Caffrey series and the brutal Tokyo) is an exercise in dark prose, superb characterisation and roller coaster plot lines.
Hanging Hill manages about one-and-a-half out of the three on that score. The story was good (though perhaps a little plodding in places) but seemed to be missing a lot of the edgy and stark prose of the Caffrey series.
Hayder’s writing is usually a lot smoother too, relying less on exposition and more on punchy dialogue and well-crafted action scenes. I wondered if the story is being aimed toward a possible TV drama, which would explain why the story lacked much of the edginess of her earlier work. If that’s the case then it would make one hell of a series; the characterisation is still top notch.
All in all, I was a bit disappointed with Hanging Hill, but then I do hold Mo Hayder to a much higher standard than other shock thriller writers I happen to read.
… To have a mug with your own picture on it?
Yeah, maybe just a bit.
Anyway while I’m here, I have a recommendation for you. Now, there are no end of web sites covering grammar and punctuation, but I recently ran into the Petulant Poetess. If you’re a fan of Harry Potter, poetry and fiction in general, then great, but tucked away just a few short hops from the title page, you’ll also find a rather nifty punctuation guide.
Very concise, very easy to follow and little less rigid in its advice. Whether or not this is more suitable for prose and poetry writing … Well, I wouldn’t like to say 🙂
But it’s definitely worth a read.