Skin (Hayder, Mo)



Title: Skin
Author: Mo Hayder
Published by: Bantam Books
Publication date: 2009
Pages: 459
Genres: Older Fiction; crime; murder mystery; detective
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought


When the decomposed body of a young woman is found near railway tracks the police are convinced it’s a suicide. But DI Jack Caffery is not so sure. He’s on the trail of a predator, a brutal killer who waits, hiding in shadows. As Sergeant Flea Marley a police diver and body recovery expert works alongside Caffery, she is aware that her feelings for him may go beyond the professional. But then she finds something so unexpected – and so terrifying – that it changes everything. And she knows that this time, no one not even Caffery – can help her…

To be honest, this book was a bit of a disappointment; I’d read another of Mo’s books called Wolf and absolutely loved it (you can see my review here) so I had high hopes for this book, part of the same series however I just didn’t click with this book. I don’t know why. It was extremely gruesome and explicit detail was used which gave it very realistic elements but I just found myself taking a long time to read it. I found myself wanting to give up and read something else because I couldn’t see the point in continuing to read something that I wasn’t enjoying. But I persevered with it but I don’t feel anything now that I’ve finished it. I thought that it was a very long-winded and tedious book.

Overall, I am giving this book a low rating out of ten because it certainly didn’t live up to my high expectations of the other book that I read by Mo Hayder.

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Shattered (Slated, Book #3) – Terry, Teri




When you don’t know who you are how, how can you decide who you want to be? Kyla was Slated: her mind wiped clean by the oppressive Lorder government. When forbidden memories of a violent past began to surface, so did doubts: could she trust those she had come to care for, like Ben? Helped by friends in MIA, she goes undercover, searcher for her past and evading the authorities who want her dead. But the truth Kyla desperately seeks is more shocking than she ever imagined.

Overview *Contains Spoilers*

I began this book with high expectations, and you’re probably going to think this book review is going to highly praise the last in the Slated series. However, that is not the case. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a torturous read, but considering the other two AMAZING books in the series, this was slightly disappointing.

I felt that the points at which Kyla regained parts of her memory were very ‘convenient’ and predictable. I felt that Terry was trying to push the plot along by having Kyla regain certain memories just so she could eliminate an extra chapter. I definitely didn’t feel that way with the previous two books, because the plot line just…made sense?

I also found it disappointing that, despite Kyla’s previous reluctance to become a part of MIA, she decided in this book to join MIA which meant that she lost some of her independence in my eyes. I like female characters who have a mind of their own, but I just felt that she was pressurised by Aiden and pressurised by the goings on around her.

The fact that Kyla has millions of different names really annoyed me because each character called her by a different one. Her ‘adopted’ mum insisted on calling her Lucie and then changing her mind to calling her Riley which was the name Kyla changed to after she’d been done with IMET. Aiden and Amy/Sandra called her Kyla, Nico called her Rain and Kyla called herself Riley. It was doing my head in by the end of the book. I mean – seriously – how many names do you want to give your main character? If you’re going to do that, at least make the other characters try and comply with the latest name.

All in all, I would say to read this book series: sure I felt that this book let the trilogy down immensely, but the first two more than make up for it.

Slated Review

Fractured Review

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Slated – Terry, Teri




Kyla’s memory has been erased, her personality wiped blank, her memories lost for ever. She’s been Slated. The government claims she was a terrorist, and that they are giving her a second chance – as long as she plays by their rules. But echoes of the past whisper in Kyla’s mind. Someone is lying to her, and nothing is as it seems. Who can she trust in her search for the truth?

Overview *Contains Spoilers*

This book was slightly confusing to begin with but having finished it, I feel that this adds to the overall mysterious atmosphere of the book. Kyla has been Slated and she doesn’t know who she is or what she was before her memories were taken so the reader is able to empathise with her because they don’t know what is going on either. There is something not quite right about Kyla as her Levo (the wristband everyone who is Slated wear until they are 21 to knock them out if they get too angry or upset) doesn’t seem to work. It drops when she is distressed but her levels stay the same when she is angry. Towards the end of the book, others start noticing and she has to mask the obvious by running and drawing to pretend that she is normal.

I would highly recommend this book to those who love mystery and dystopian future books; this is a definite ‘to be read’ book by the author of ‘Mind Games’.

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Wolf (Hayder, Mo)





When a scrap of paper containing a chilling plea is found in the woods, attached to a lost dog, Detective Inspector Jack Caffery inherits both the dog and the investigation. He has no idea who he is searching for, but it’s a race against time. Ten miles away a family is being held hostage, fighting for their lives in their isolated hilltop house. This is no random crime. They endured a nightmare years before, and that same horror has returned… will Caffery make the connection, before it is too late?

Overview *Contains Spoilers*

It took me a long time to finish this book, not because I found it boring, it was a little slow in places, the main reason was it was quite a heavy book in terms of the language used and the slightly disturbing plot line. Hayder enjoys going into gruesome details of the murders but this helps to bring the story alive.

At first it seems like all of the loose ends of the plot aren’t going to be resolved and tied together in time for the end of the book, however they are resolved quickly and succinctly within a few chapters towards the end of the book. Hayder doesn’t stop surprising you with plot twists until the very end which is one reason why I loved this book so much. You want to keep reading to find out what’s going to happen to the characters and see if any plot twists occur. This is one book which will make you continue to think about the characters long after you’ve finished it.

I would recommend this book to older readers as opposed to young adults as the topic matter could be upsetting and distressing to younger readers. However, I would definitely recommend this book if you are looking for a non-stop action thriller and detective story.

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Dead Man’s Cove – St John, Lauren


Dead Man's Cove



Orphaned Laura is sent to live with her Uncle in Cornwall, convinced that a life of adventure is hers at last. But everywhere she turns she’s confronted with mysteries. Is Tariq, the shopkeeper’s silent son, a friend or an enemy? Why does her Uncle seem intent on erasing his own past? And why is everyone so afraid of Dead Man’s Cove?

Overview *Contains Spoilers*

This is a definite must read for readers who enjoy Enid Blyton’s adventure-packed Famous Five and Secret Seven books! It was packed with action and mystery which kept me hooked for more. I love the main character, Laura. She is a brave and strong-headed girl who isn’t afraid to ask questions or express her feelings. She is a role model for a lot of female readers, and males can also admire her feistiness and bravery.

I really enjoyed Lauren St John’s White Giraffe series, so I was excited to start reading this one and it didn’t disappoint! I found I actually preferred this book because of the adventure and mystery that surrounded Dead Man’s Cove. I would definitely recommend this book to Junior Fiction readers but enjoyment can also be found by Young Adult readers who are looking for a lighter read.

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Lone Wolf (Muchamore, Robert)





Fay has spent eighteen months locked up in a Secure Training Centre. Drug deals and rip-offs are the only things this teenager knows. Now she’s back on the street, looking to settle old scores. Cherub agents Ryan and Ning need Fay’s knowledge to unearth a major drug importer. They’re trained professionals with one essential advantage: even experienced criminals never suspect that children are spying on them. But Fay’s made a lot of enemies and she’s running out of time.

Overview *Contains Spoilers*

I have read all of the other books in both series 1 and series 2 of Cherub plus the Henderson Boys series which is a prequel to the Cherub series, so I knew what sort of action this book was going to hold before I had even begun to read it. This last book in series 2 was the most action packed and thrilling book of any of Muchamore’s books. It was packed with adventure, drugs, scandals and explosions and Ryan and Ning, two Cherub agents, try and harvest knowledge about a leading drug dealer. With the help of Fay, a thirteen year-old with a fiery temper and extensive drug-knowledge who wants to get back at the drug dealer for ultimately killing her mum and aunt, Ryan and Ning find the information that they need.

I would definitely recommend this book to teens as it has a lot of violence but is a worth-while read.

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Haddon, Mark


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time



The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a murder mystery novel like no other. The detective, and narrator, is Christopher Boone. Christopher is fifteen and has Asperger’s Syndrome. He knows a very great deal about maths and very little about human beings. He loves lists, patterns and the truth. He hates the colours yellow and brown and being touched. He has never gone further than the end of the road on his own, but when he finds a neighbour’s dog murdered he sets out on a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down.

Overview *Contains Spoilers*

This book follows the story of Christopher; he is not your average teenager. He has Asperger’s Syndrome which means that his take on the world is different to everyone else’s. Loud noises upset him, lying causes his brain to overload and he appears to be a mini maths genius, using counting to calm himself down in certain situations.

The chapter numbers of this book are prime numbers, increasing like 2, 3, 5, 7 etc. This automatically caught my attention and Christopher soon went on to explain that he likes prime numbers.

This book gives a real insight into the mind of someone with Asperger’s Syndrome which could help many readers understand the condition a lot more and be more supportive to those with the illness.

I really like this book. I thought it was very original and quirky. Christopher, as the narrator, makes the story much more enjoyable than if someone else was just commenting on Christopher’s, somewhat absurd, behaviour. As the narrator is Christopher, his actions, feelings and thoughts are better explained.

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Treasure Island (Stevenson, Robert Louis)


Treasure Island


Treasure Island is an exciting tale of pirates, buried treasure and danger. It tells the story of young Jim Hawkins and his adventures in the search for the buried treasure of the evil Captain Flint.

Overview *Contains Spoilers*

I had to read this book for an English assignment and at first I was unsure as to whether I would like it or not because as a general rule, I don’t read many classics. However, I was soon hooked on the story line and found myself following eagerly the adventures of Jim Hawkins as he sets out on an adventure to find the treasure of Captain Flint. This book had just the right amount of adventure and it was action packed right from the very beginning.

This book was a pleasant surprise for me and I found myself enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would. I would definitely recommend this book to younger readers as it is not a heavy book, but is definitely a classic that people should read before they reach their teenager years.

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Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda


Simon vs the Homo sapiens agenda



Simon Spier is sixteen and trying to work out who he is – and what he’s looking for. But when one of his emails to the very distracting Blue falls into the wrong hands, things get all kinds of complicated. Because, for Simon, falling for Blue is a big deal…

Overview *Contains Spoilers*

This book had me on tenterhooks the entire way through; it had me smiling at the cuteness, feeling sympathetic for Simon’s predicaments and situations and I overall absolutely loved it!

The characters are so well developed and the clues hidden throughout the book as to Blue’s real identity are well hidden but when you know the truth, are so obvious. It keeps you guessing right up until the end.

This book does show Simon’s rollercoaster of emotions as he goes through blackmail, coming out and bullying before finally accepting who he is and finds out who ‘Blue’ really is and then declares them boyfriends. It is a truly beautiful moment when they meet each other in the flesh for the first time despite going to the same school for years.

This book is guaranteed to make you experience all of Simon’s emotions along with him and be prepared upon starting this book, for an addictive ride in Simon’s mind and life. Well worth the read!

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The London Eye Mystery – Dowd, Siobhan


The London Eye Mystery


Monday 24 May, 11.32 a.m. Ted and Kat watch their cousin Salim get on board the London Eye. The pod rises from the ground. Monday 24 May, 12.02 p.m. The pod lands and the doors open. People exit – but where is Salim? When Aunty Gloria’s son, Salim, mysteriously disappears from a sealed pod on the London Eye, everyone is frantic. Has he spontaneously combusted? [Ted’s theory.] Has he been kidnapped? [Aunt Gloria’s theory.] Is he even still alive? [The family’s unspoken fear.] Even the police are baffled. Ted, whose brain runs on its own unique operating system, and his older sister, Kat, overcome their prickly relationship to become sleuthing partners. They follow a trail of clues across London in a desperate bid to find their cousin, while time ticks dangerously by…

Overview *Contains Spoilers*

This book was okay. It offered readers an enjoyable reading experience following Ted, who has Asperger Syndrome, his older sister Kat, who was named after Hurricane Katrina, and Salim, their cousin who is moving to New York.

When they are offered a ticket to the London Eye by a stranger, Ted and Kat allow Salim to go up on his own whilst they wait for him to return. Ted watches the pod rise and fall again on its cycle, making a note of the town he went up and the time his pod came down. His pod came down but missing Salim. They know begin their search for their missing cousin, travelling all over London to try and find him. They all have their own theories as to what could have happened to Salim but no one knows for certain.

I would recommend this book to pre-teens as the language used is not difficult to understand or hard-going to read. Although this book feels like it is aimed at younger readers, I think all ages would enjoy this book but appreciate it in different ways. Younger readers are more likely to appreciate the story line as a whole, whilst slightly older readers are likely to appreciate the quirkiness of the characters and the panic of the situation.

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