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 hands belong to a young man who has recently disappeared. Their search leads them into the darkest recesses of Bristol's underworld, where drug addiction is rife, where street-kids sell themselves for a hit, and where one of Africa's most disturbing rituals may be making an unexpected appearance.
"Readers looking for visceral thrills need look no further than this gritty English series." (Publishers Weekly, Starred Review)
"Hayder has long been a master at blending crime and horror genres, but this time she outdoes herself, flip-flopping the supernatural and the explainable like a cycle of poison and antidote that will remain with the reader long after the final page." (Booklist, Starred Review)
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After reading "The Treatment" I was so enthused, thinking that I had found a great series to binge on. The change of narrator in this, the third Jack Caffrey novel, made all the difference and not in a good way. I had gotten a really strong sense of Jack in the previous books, and the whole reason for leaping into another one so fast was to see what would happen to him next and how the loose ends would start to tie up or snarl. I have no problem with this reader's voice, but his delivery is oddly singsong, with the same cadence on every page, and we've lost the intelligent, multi-layered working class Jack I had gotten invested in with the teriffic Damien Goodwin readings. I'm almost halfway through and my mind is wandering. Questionable whether I'll return or finish it.
Male narrators! Please, oh please, oh please, stop reading female voices by whispering and/or trying to raise the pitch of your voice. It sounds ridiculous & is super distracting. Just read female characters in your normal voice; we'll be able to figure it out. Trust me.