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Hater by David Moody

February 19, 2009 - Amy Phelps
A book originally self-published online that garnered a movie deal has now come to hardback. "Hater" by David Moody is a scary thriller that will leave you paranoid. Danny is living a dreary existance in Britain. He works for the council in the parking ticket sector, which means he deals with irate people most days, has a boss that enjoys yelling at him, and comes home to his tiny apartment to a tired wife and three small children who are running all over their parents. While on his way to work one day, Danny sees a man attack an elderly woman. Then when his father-in-law begrudgingly watches the kids so he and his wife can go to a concert one night, their date is ruined when one of the band members loses it and attacks another one. Danny thinks nothing of it until a man is stabbed to death in front of them at a local eatery. What is going on? The news media begins reporting on these strange attacks, first calling them copycat killings or a mob mentality, and then calling it something else entirely, "Haters." As people suddenly at random start attacking innocents, friends and loved ones, anyone with the least bit of anger is immediately suspicioned as a Hater. And it's only a matter of time before the "us" versus "them" mentality takes over and people start wanting to get the Haters before they get them. As people become more and more paranoid and are afraid to go outside, yet afraid to stay inside, Danny begins to wonder, will one of his family become a Hater? The book builds on the paranoia it creates until the climatic finish. It's a different twist to the thriller genre, a bit like "The Signal" meets "The Happening." Danny is the everyman character the reader follows into the descent of a world gone awry and at the end may be questioning which side is the "good" side. Or if there even is a good side. According to the back, this is set to be a trilogy, with a second book, "Dog Blood" coming soon. "Hater" is published by Thomas Dunne Books, a division of St. Martin's Press. It is $21.95 and 281 pages long.


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