• Hanging Hill

  • By: Mo Hayder
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (191 ratings)

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Hanging Hill

By: Mo Hayder
Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
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Publisher's Summary

One morning in picture-perfect Bath, England, a teenage girl's body is found on the towpath of a canal: Lorne Woods - beautiful, popular, and apparently the victim of a disturbingly brutal murder. Zoe Benedict - Harley-riding police detective, independent to a fault - is convinced the department head needs to look beyond the usual domestic motives to solve the case. Meanwhile, Zoe's sister, Sally - recently divorced and in dire financial straits - has begun working as a housekeeper for a rich entrepreneur who quickly begins to seem possibly dangerous. When Zoe's investigation turns up evidence that Lorne's attempts to break into modeling had delivered her into the world of webcam girls and amateur porn, a crippling secret from Zoe's past seems determined to emerge.

©2011 Mo Hayder (P)2012 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Enjoyed it

Would you listen to Hanging Hill again? Why?

Yes, the story really keeps your interest. I was pleased that the usual rules of behavior were bent for the main characters.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The story built well until it droppped you off the cliff at the end

Any additional comments?

I find it very frustrating when an author pulls a Soprano-like ending. I don't want to use my imagination as to what happened. If I wanted to write my own end, I would be an author. I'm not; finish your book!

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Good book but..

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

With a warning

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

yes it was a really good book with twists and turns.

Have you listened to any of Rosalyn Landor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Don't know but enjoyed this one.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was totally caught up in the story.

Any additional comments?

I also felt like I was left hanging at the end so much I was sure there had to be another book. My choice only ,nothing wrong with the book I just need to feel it's finished when they say the end. I hope this isn't a spoiler for anyone else.

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My First MH, But Not Last

Good story, a little slow initially, but pace picked up and I found myself totally engaged. Like another reviewer, I too like happy endings, and this one was a bit of a cliff hanger, so I was a little disappointed with that.

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Slow beginning, but worth the wait.

If you could sum up Hanging Hill in three words, what would they be?

Worth the wait. The first half hour or so frustrated me, but it all sorted itself out and it turned out to be a pretty good book. Well worth what I paid for it.

Any additional comments?

The ending was surprising and it left me wanting more.

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Enjoyed, but gross and a little unbelievable

Overall, I enjoyed this book. I did think it was a little gross (I'll not give anything away) and the "grossness" could have been more believable if the male character with the mutilation plan would have been built up to be a very high profile agent instead of just a financial agent. I know that's a little convoluted, but I don't want to give too much away.

The ending really sets you up for the next book and continuation of these characters, which I liked.

Rosalyn Landor is one of my favorite narrators, but I typically listen to historical romance and I had a hard time envisioning the characters in this book with her "posh" (at least it's posh to me) British accent. Her accent is perfect for historical romance, but I didn't think it fit well in this murder mystery. BUT --- she delivers a very solid and enjoyable performance.

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Good...But Felt A Bit Unfinished...

Would you consider the audio edition of Hanging Hill to be better than the print version?

I've only listened to the audio version and really enjoyed the narrator's performance.

Would you recommend Hanging Hill to your friends? Why or why not?

Overall, it was an intriguing story so I would recommend it, but I'd let my friends know how much the characters weighed on my nerves. I just couldn't seem to find anyone to root for.

Which character – as performed by Rosalyn Landor – was your favorite?

I enjoyed her performance of David Goldrab.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Suspense at every turn and all roads lead to Hanging Hill...

Any additional comments?

Hope the author's working on a sequel. So many questions left unanswered...

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I just cannot finish listening to this book.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I don't know

What could Mo Hayder have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I wouldn't presume to tell an author how to write a book for my enjoyment.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Not totally bad, but the "Sally's daughter" writing as well as the narration voice of this character were horrible. The character, the voice were more than I could stand listening to.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Hanging Hill?

It's the entire story, not scenes.

Any additional comments?

As inexpensive as it was it was still more than it is worth. It goes on and on and on. I didn't like the book, fell asleep listening, tried again, but I cannot continue to put myself through this just because it exists as part of my library.

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Shocking Ending

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. The first three quarters of the book leads you to believe the ending will be predictable and that you understand what is happening. You don't. Also, so many books have a storyline that does not comport with the narrator's style. This one has the right narrator for the right story.

What did you like best about this story?

As I mentioned above, this book is all about the ending. I don't want to give it away so just read (listen) it. You will not be disappointed.

What does Rosalyn Landor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator is superb. You fell as though you are in England; you are walking the streets; you are hearing the crowds and the traffic; and you are asking the questions.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not an emotional reaction but a psychological one. It was great!

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Unbelievably good

This book was so good that as soon as I finished listening to it, I immediately turned around and listened to it all over again. The ending of the book was so shocking that I had to go back and see what clues I had missed.

I am a Mo Hayder fan and have loved everything she has written. Hanging Hill is no exception.

This is a stand-alone novel which focuses on two estranged sisters who haven't seen or spoken to each other in years, even though they both live in the same city. Zoe is a headstong police officer with a secret past. Her divorced and somewhat annoyingly stupid sister Sally is a single parent with a spoiled and headstrong teenage daughter. The sisters are reunited as a result of the murder of another teenage girl.

There are many red herrings in the story, and it's a grim comedy of errors which ends up having dire consequences.

The narration is great, the character development is wonderful, and the plot is masterful. It may be a little graphic for those with delicate constitutions, but there is nothing gratuitous about any of the violence or murder in the book.

It's a great thriller and gets two thumbs up.

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This was just okay

I was surprised that I did not enjoy this book more, I have been a big fan of Mo Hayder since reading the Devil of Nanking and Birdman. This book seemed a bit dry, a little hard to get through. While I'm not typically bothered by the graphic scenes in her books, this one had one that went a little longer than I was comfortable with. The sisters did not hold my interest, I could not invest myself in their lives. They seemed like very two dimensional characters from an author who has had such memorable ones. There are many more titles that I would recommend for Hayder fans before this one.

1 person found this helpful