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Bonehead

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Audiobook Downloadable / ISBN-13: 9781399730501

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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

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**THE FINAL NOVEL FROM THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER MO HAYDER, WITH A FOREWORD FROM KARIN SLAUGHTER**

A terrifying accident . . .

Alex Mullins knows she is one of the lucky ones. When a fatal coach crash at her school reunion killed several of her classmates, she was saved from a grisly fate.

She is haunted by what she thinks she saw that night – a vision of a skeletal woman, known by the locals as the Bonehead – a woman who brings bad luck to all that see her.

A mystery waiting to be solved . . .

Now a police officer in Gloucestershire, Alex fights to overcome the past by helping other people. But when her path crosses with someone who was there that fateful night, her new life begins to unravel at the seams.

What really happened the night of the crash? And what does she have to do for the petrifying Bonehead to finally leave her be?

A new crime thriller from the Queen of Fear – prepare to be terrified by Bonehead . . .

PRAISE FOR BONEHEAD:

As shocking and sinister as anything Hayder has written. It is an unexpected, bittersweet treat to be back in the hands of one of our very best crime writers’ Observer

‘Hayder was one of the UK’s most accomplished crime writers, and her final book, Bonehead, proves to be among her most memorable’ Financial Times

Bonehead is a triumph, with Mo Hayder’s customary sleight of hand, attention to detail, and brilliantly authentic character creation. It perfectly wraps urban myths within the frailty of men’s follies, and weaves a tale that unfolds piece by piece until you can bear it no more and rush through to the final, extraordinary pages. If this had to be Mo Hayder’s legacy, then it’s a fitting one. I inhaled this bookHelen Fields, author of The Institution

Deliciously dark and horrifying, perfectly balanced and plotted. Stayed with me long after I’d finished reading’ Catherine Cooper, author of The Chalet

A rivetingly dark read; I was sucked in by its python-like coils and taken somewhere very dark; I ended up racing to the end, knowing something terrible was coming. A powerful story with memorably characters, not least the glowering forest, and a terrific back story’ Jane Shemilt, bestselling author of Daughter

‘Mo Hayder’s final hurrah is truly chilling, a dark and gripping read that left me guessing at every turn. I’m privileged to have received this very special read’ Natalie Chandler, author of What We Did

‘This is everything you expect from a Mo Hayder: a little bit weird, a little bit nasty, with characters you love from the off. Creepy as hell. And an ending that made my blood run coldSam Holland, author of The Echo Man

PRAISE FOR MO HAYDER:

‘Hayder has a profound ability to shock and surprise her readers’ Karin Slaughter
‘Oozes sinisterness from the first page’ Entertainment Weekly
‘With Mo Hayder you never know where you are going until you get there’ Times
‘A first-class shocker . . . a frightening mix of forensics, thrills, analytical police work and poetic images’ Guardian
‘Wickedly constructed . . . The detail, if you can stomach it, is fascinating’ Daily Telegraph
‘Lacerating’ Independent
‘Stomach-churning, fast-paced, top-notch’ Sunday Express
‘Haunting, lyrical, disturbing, important, suspenseful and wonderfully written’ Harlan Coben
‘This is writing of breathtaking power and poetry’ Tess Gerritsen
‘An authentically disturbing, gripping winner’ Financial Times

Reviews

Mo Hayder has a profound ability to shock and surprise her readers. She's the bravest writer I know
Karin Slaughter
Hayder's work and characters are worth the unending nightmares they will inspire
The New York Times Book Review
Hayder is one of the most skilled crime writers at escalating unbearable tension . . . nothing short of brilliant
Daily Mail
Haunting, lyrical, disturbing, important, suspenseful and wonderfully written
Harlan Coben
Left me stunned and haunted. This is writing of breathtaking power and poetry
Tess Gerritsen
An authentically disturbing, gripping winner
Financial Times
With Mo Hayder you never know where you are going until you get there. A chiller to the very end
The Times
PRAISE FOR MO HAYDER
PRAISE FOR BONEHEAD -
Bonehead is a triumph, with Mo Hayder's customary sleight of hand, attention to detail, and brilliantly authentic character creation. It perfectly wraps urban myths within the frailty of men's follies, and weaves a tale that unfolds piece by piece until you can bear it no more and rush through to the final, extraordinary pages. If this had to be Mo Hayder's legacy, then it's a fitting one. I inhaled this book.
Helen Fields, author of THE INSTITUTION
Deliciously dark and horrifying, perfectly balanced and plotted. Stayed with me long after I'd finished reading
Catherine Cooper, author of THE CHALET
A rivetingly dark read; I was sucked in by its python-like coils and taken somewhere very dark; I ended up racing to the end, knowing something terrible was coming. A powerful story with memorable characters, not least the glowering forest, and a terrific back story.
Jane Shemilt, bestselling author of DAUGHTER
Mo Hayder's final hurrah is truly chilling, a dark and gripping read that left me guessing at every turn. I'm privileged to have received this very special read.
Natalie Chandler, author of WHAT WE DID
This is everything you expect from a Mo Hayder: a little bit weird, a little bit nasty, with characters you love from the off. Creepy as hell. And an ending that made my blood run cold
Sam Holland, author of THE ECHO MAN
As shocking and sinister as anything Hayder has written. It is an unexpected, bittersweet treat to be back in the hands of one of our very best crime writers
Observer
Hayder was one of the UK's most accomplished crime writers, and her final book, Bonehead, proves to be among her most memorable
Financial Times
[Bonehead] is a triumph . . . Spooky and unsettling, the book is a spectacular end to Hayder's career
Times
Hayder's untimely death in 2021 robbed us of an imagination unparalleled in both its darkness and its audacity. Her final novel is as haunting and distinctive as its predecessors.... A classic Hayder shocker
Guardian
A disturbing and compelling farewell
Telegraph Online