A grisly tale of murder, witchcraft, and the dark side of healing, from the “diabolically gifted” ( Entertainment Weekly) author of The Devil of Nanking
Mo Hayder’s previous novels The Devil of Nanking
and The Treatment
have ranked her among the most exciting and provocative thriller writers now working. In her latest, Ritual
, Hayder gives us a taut, chilling tale in which clandestine occult practices, New Age medicine, and the drug underground collide in a modern city challenged by colliding immigrant cultures. Just after lunch on a Tuesday in April, nine feet under water, police diver Flea Marley closes her gloved fingers around a human hand. The fact that there’s no body attached is disturbing enough. Even more disturbing is the discovery, a day later, of the matching hand. Both have been recently amputated, and the indications are that the victim was still alive when they were removed. DI Jack Caffery has been newly seconded to the Major Crime Investigation Unit in Bristol. He and Flea soon establish that the hand belong to a young man who has recently disappeared. Their search for himand for his abductorlead them into the darkest recesses of Bristol’s underworld, where drug addiction is rife, where streetkids sell themselves for a hit, and where one of Africa’s most disturbing rituals may be making an unexpected appearance.
In razor-sharp prose, Mo Hayder has woven a taut, unforgettable tale of supernatural bloodshed in a hypermodern urban landscape. The best book to date by one of the most frighteningly talented writers in her field, Ritual
is a masterpiece of suspense, one that will keep readers guessing until the very last breath.