"A head-spinning thrill ride, a cautionary tale about the most salient emotion of the 21st century... HATER will haunt you long after you read the last page..."--GUILLERMO DEL TORO, director, Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy 1 & 2
The country is rocked by a sudden, inexplicable increase in violent assaults on individuals. Seeming to be without any reason or motive these attacks are brutal and extreme. There are no apparent links between the aggressors and their victims. Christened 'Haters' by the media, their attacks come without warning or explanation. Everyone - irrespective of age, gender, race, sexuality, culture or any other imaginable difference - has the potential to be a Hater. You can no longer trust anyone, no matter how close they are to you. You can no longer trust yourself.
Danny McCoyne lives with his partner Lizzie and their three children in a rundown council flat. By day he works for the council, processing parking fines. By night he watches TV and complains about how little money he's got and how empty his life is. He knows what he has to do to make things better and he has the intelligence and capability to do it. A bigger home, a better job… it's all within reach. But Danny can't be bothered. His kids don't respect him and his partner despairs.
Danny can't handle pressure. He's no good in a crisis. At the first sign of trouble he shoves his head in the sand and waits for it all to blow over. But this isn't going to go away. The situation is deteriorating by the day, almost by the hour. The danger is getting closer. It won't be long before it reaches them and there's nothing anyone can do to stop it. Their only defence is to lock themselves down, to cut themselves off from everyone else and wait for help. It's what they think they should do. It's what the authorities tell them to do. But Danny and his partner know that as well as locking the trouble out, they may also be locking it in…
"Moody has provided us with a brilliant piece of storytelling... read this book now."
"There are the books you want to read, and those that you don't. Then there are those rare books you don't 'want' to read but as soon as you scan your eye across the opening page they haul you in, force you through every agonising encounter and then spit you out like a piece of used gum. David Moody's Hater is just such a book."
To call it a page turner is understating the pace and skill the author brings to this haunting and thought-provoking masterpiece of dark and bloodthirsty fiction. The descriptions of the emotional strain and fear of the characters is gripping, and the tension is palpable, leading to an unnerving and shocking climax. If you are a fan of I Am Legend, George Romero’s Dead series, or any post-apocalyptic fiction, then this is a new and original approach to the genre that you will love from the very start. But be warned, this book is not for the faint-hearted.