Published by Bantam Books
Pig Island by Mo Hayder
Mo Hayder , a rising star of hardcore horror fiction, returns with a riveting and macabre novel that explores the evils committed in the name of faith. Journalist Joe Oakes is a born skeptic who makes his living exposing supernatural hoaxes. But his stay with a cult-like religious group on Scotland’s remote Pig Island might be enough to turn him into a believer. When the island erupts into bloodshed, Oakes must abandon everything he thought he knew to discover the secret behind exiled cult leader Malachi Dove, who lives alone behind a wall of electricity and toxic waste on the island’s far end. As the cataclysm of violence crashes down around him, Oakes is ultimately forced to confront the very nature of evil itself. (from Amazon)
Mo Hayder is known for horror fiction of a high standard, but I have to say I was a bit disappointed in this book. The book description is over the top, and does not really relate to the reality of the story. It is well written, as her books always are, but it was predictable, and the twist at the end had been fairly obvious to me from the middle of the book.
It is not all bad, as there were some really good characters, including journalist Joe Oakes and his flaky wife, and the Scottish detective. I have certainly read better from this writer and know she is capable of extreme tension and suspense, but this book did not come up to that standard.