Jennifer Reese
March 08, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

Pig Island

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Mo Hayder
publisher
Atlantic Monthly Press
genre
Fiction, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B-

Welcome to Mo Hayder’s charming Pig Island, inhabited by religious cultists, feral pigs, tubs of toxic waste, and, according to lore, a ”biforme” — a grotesque hybrid creature that’s half human, half beast. British reporter Joe Oakes can’t resist an assignment to write about the place, but by the end of this propulsive gorefest he will wish he had. Hayder specializes in baroque horror, and her best work, like 2005’s The Devil of Nanking, is smartly written and transcendently creepy. This novel is merely creepy, a skin-crawling cross (if you can imagine such a biforme) between The Last Seduction and Splash.

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