From the No. 1 bestseller and author of Richard & Judy pick The Savage Garden: a riveting tale of passion and murder set on the French Riviera in the 1930s for fans of Carlos Ruiz Zafon and Jed Rubenfeld
Average Customer Rating:
(4 Reviews) 4
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4 of 4(100%)customers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for House of the Hanged
Review 1 for House of the Hanged
An unexpected hit for me
19 April 2012
Not my normal read (I picked it up not realising it was a spy thriller) but I was absolutely riveted by this book, which I just couldn't put down. A fantastically crafted depiction of a group of friends, sketched so clearly that I could imagine them all. The main character is really intriguing, and the only criticism I could really say is that it ends too quickly....I wanted to know where all the characters would ultimately end up. Fantastic, I will search for more by this author.
Review 2 for House of the Hanged
Most enjoyable, well researched by a superb author
14 November 2011
I first discovered Mark Mills through Richard and Judy Book club choice, the Savage Garden, a few years ago. I loved that book so much that I sought out his first novel, The Whaleboat House, which I found a superb read also. When The Information Officer was published that too gave great pleasure. And The House of the Hanged, Mark Mills latest novel, has not failed to live up to expectations.
Each time the author has chosen a different geographical location as well as a new time setting, but all within recent memory. His superb research transports the reader right into that time period. You feel it, you breath it. The location this time is the least fashionable end of the French Riviera in 1935, with memories of the First World War still fresh and the clouds of the Second already beginning to form. The characters are an international mix of well to do but working upper middle class, ostensibly enjoying the summer, but there are deeper currents. The protagonist, Tom, has a dark past going back to 1919 and work with the British Secret Service, which has disturbingly and unexpectedly, broken into the idyllic life that he has created as an ex pat author. The book ends on a cleverly worked out, intricate, fast moving climax.
An excellent holiday read, the book is not intellectually challenging, just a pure joy to read, evocative of a time past.
Review 3 for House of the Hanged
04 August 2011
Just as Mark Mills' other books, this one is fast moving, thrilling and you can't put it down. It's fantastic story. Can't wait for the next one.
Review 4 for House of the Hanged
What a read!
24 July 2011
Everyone has a secret they’re desperate to hide. Just when former Secret Intelligence Service operative Tom Nash thinks he’s left his past behind him in the Soviet Union, it rears its ugly head. Tom plans to enjoy an idyllic summer with his friends at Le Rayol on the French Riviera where he now lives, but someone has other ideas. Late at night, a man sneaks into his bedroom and tries to kill him. Tom’s former training kicks in and he chases the man from the scene, killing him and dumping his body at sea. Suddenly Tom is seeing enemies everywhere and does not know where the next strike will come from or whom he can trust, even among his friends. Mills builds the tension effortlessly and his descriptions of the south of France made me feel as if I was there. I loved the way Tom reacts almost on instinct to protect himself but was also keen to protect his loved one. He’s the kind of character you warm to, even though he can kill with his bare hands. If you like a thriller involving mysterious Russians, car chases and a bit of high-class living among the rich people of the Riviera, then this is definitely the book for you. It starts in the middle of an action sequence, but there are places to catch your breath. All in all, a really good read – Mark Mills is definitely going on my list of authors to watch!