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Hater

Hater, February 2009
by David Moody

Thomas Dunne Books
288 pages
ISBN: 0312384831
EAN: 9780312384838
Hardcover
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"How would you react if everyone in the world suddenly became killers -- even yourself?"

Fresh Fiction Review

Hater
David Moody

Reviewed by Vicky Gilpin
Posted January 15, 2009

Suspense | Thriller Crime

Motive is one of the three primary elements reviewed by investigators after a violent crime. Motive, means and opportunity generally provide clues to who did the deed. People don't just commit violent crime; there are no random acts of violence. However, HATER destroys the idea of motive as a primary element.

One fine day, a random day, a day like any other, motive stops meaning anything. People start killing their friends, families and strangers. They might be on the phone, taking a walk, performing their jobs and they suddenly start killing.

HATER is a brilliantly executed imagining of how one would react to waking up in the world where anyone, even oneself, might become a killer. Tension-filled, unpredictable and timely, Moody's work gets under the skin and roosts in the mind long after the last page is turned.

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SUMMARY

Soon to be a major motion picture—produced by Guillermo del Toro and directed by J.A. Bayona

REMAIN CALM DO NOT PANIC TAKE SHELTER WAIT FOR FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS THE SITUATION IS UNDER CONTROL Society is rocked by a sudden increase in the number of violent assaults on individuals. Christened 'Haters' by the media, the attackers strike without warning, killing all who cross their path. The assaults are brutal, remorseless and extreme: within seconds, normally rational, self- controlled people become frenzied, vicious killers. There are no apparent links as a hundred random attacks become a thousand, then hundreds of thousands. Everyone, irrespective of gender, age, race or any other difference, has the potential to become a victim - or a Hater. People are afraid to go to work, afraid to leave their homes and, increasingly, afraid that at any moment their friends, even their closest family, could turn on them with ultra violent intent.  Waking up each morning, no matter how well defended, everyone must now consider the fact that by the end of the day, they might be dead.  Or perhaps worse, become a killer themselves.  As the status quo shifts, ATTACK FIRST, ASK QUESTIONS LATER becomes the order of the day...  only, the answers might be much different than what you expect....

In the tradition of H. G. Wells and Richard Matheson, Hater is one man’s story of his place in a world gone mad— a world infected with fear, violence, and HATE.


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