Today, BBAW asked if we have a book which we wish would get more attention by book bloggers. I have a few in mind but instead I am going to focus on one of my favourite authors of all time - Mo Hayder, since I rarely see her books being mentioned around the blogosphere so I would like to take this opportunity to highlight them. For those who are not familiar with Mo Hayder, she is a British author and she writes mainly crime and thriller fiction.

I was first introduced to her books by a colleague, and I remember very well she wanted me to read Tokyo (aka The Devil of Nanking) since she enjoyed reading it so much. Needless to say, I searched for the book during my next visit to the bookstore and devoured it on the very same day! I enjoyed it so much that I looked out for her other books. Birdman is the next book I read by her and it is through this book that I got to know the lead character, DI Jack Caffery. I have to say Jack Caffery is unlike any heroes I read from other crime thriller fiction. There is no doubt that he is tough, driven and is capable of solving complicated cases, but like any other human beings he too has issues (he is tormented by his personal demons as he cannot escape the memories of his younger brother's murder which happened many years ago) and vulnerable and this is probably one reason why I am intrigued by him, for I don't think I have ever came across a hero like him. If anyone ask me if I have any literary crush, DI Jack Caffery will be the one who first comes to mind.

Here are some of Mo Hayder's books if you are interested:

Tokyo (aka The Devil of Nanking) - Nominated for three CWA dagger awards (here's my thoughts)
Pig Island (here's my review)

Jack Caffery Series
The Treatment (here's my review)
Ritual (here's my review)
Skin (here's my review)

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14 Responses
  1. Julia Says:

    I know, I know --- I should be reading Mo Hayder, since you love it and recommend it to me. Remind me when I go to library sometime next week , then I will get it then. Which books should I start with?

  2. This is definitely an author that I am interested in checking out and one that I haven't heard of before. Thanks for sharing and convincing me to give him a try :)

  3. Stephanie Says:

    I am not familiar with this author but I will definitely be checking out her books.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    I have already added Mo Hayder in my Wishlist after reading about her on your blog, I'll just have to push her to the top.

  5. Ronnica Says:

    The Devil of Nanking sounds good...well bad, but you know what I mean. Thanks for the recommendation!

  6. Unknown Says:

    I've only read one: Birdman, which I really enjoyed. Your post has reminded how much I enjoyed her book - I have Pig Island on my shelf so I may read it soon! :)

  7. Unknown Says:

    You persuaded me to buy a few Mo Hayder books in the past, but I haven't actually got around to reading any of them yet - I really need to do that soon. Thanks for the reminder. :-)

  8. Anonymous Says:

    I've heard of Mo Hayder but haven't actually read any of her books, so I think I may have to give her a try sometime!

  9. Yet to read this author!

    Here is my BBAW: Forgotten Treasures post!

  10. Sandy Nawrot Says:

    I read The Devil of Nanking...OMG. I really need to do more Mo.

  11. Veens Says:

    OK! Added her books to the wishlist! I am sure I am going to have some kind of depression, with the no. of books i have not read yet :)

  12. The Bookworm Says:

    I'll have to be on the lookout for Mo Hayder!

  13. Will have to read this author.

  14. Alice Says:

    I have a Mo Hayder book somewhere in my pile. Need to dig it out...

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