I am super excited to share my review with you today on the final day of blog tour for The Book of Sand: the first novel in an epic series created by the late Mo Hayder, one
of the UK’s finest and most inventive storytellers.
Outlines of several once-busy cities shimmer on the horizon. Now empty of inhabitants, their
buildings lie in ruins.
In the distance a group of people – a family – walk towards us.
Ahead lies shelter: a ‘shuck’ the family call home and which they know they must reach before the
light fails, as to be out after dark is to invite danger and almost certain death.
To survive in this alien world of shifting sand, they must find an object hidden in or near water. But
other families want it too. And they are willing to fight to the death to make it theirs.
It is beginning to rain in Fairfax County, Virginia when McKenzie Strathie wakes up. An ordinary
teenage girl living an ordinary life – except that the previous night she found a sand-lizard in her bed,
and now she’s beginning to question everything around her, especially who she really is …
Two very different worlds featuring a group of extraordinary characters driven to the very limit of
their endurance in a place where only the strongest will survive.
First of all I have to say how utterly gorgeous this book is and what a beast it is almost 600 pages long.Which gave me many hours of entertainment. This is the first book in the series and it is mixed with a modern day feel to it, science, fantasy and mystery.
We follow two different stories that are worlds apart alternating between Spider and McKenzie and cleverly woven together….wow, wow, wow. This book would make an awesome film.
I loved everything about it and it is certainly not my normal genre. But every now and then I like to be taken away from normality. Well this is that book.
It is full of mystery and suspense. And so addictive, one more chapter I kept telling myself then before I knew it I was at the end. Now I am left looking forward to the next book.
I would like to thank Isabel at Penguin books for a copy and for inviting me to take part on this epic tour.
About the Author
THEO CLARE left school at fifteen. She worked as a barmaid, security guard, filmmaker, hostess in a
Tokyo club, educational administrator and teacher of English as a foreign language in Asia. She had an
MA in film from The American University in Washington, DC and an MA in creative writing from Bath
Spa University, UK. She wrote crime novels under the name Mo Hayder, and her fifth novel Ritual was
nominated for the Barry Award for Best Crime 2009 and was voted Best Book of 2008 by Publishers
Weekly. Gone, her seventh novel, won the Edgar Allan Poe Award, and her novel Wolf was nominated
for Best Novel in the 2015 Edgar Awards and is currently being adapted for the BBC. Theo Clare was
diagnosed with motor neurone disease in December 2020 and passed away in July 2021.