- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Bantam Press (28 Mar. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0593068173
- ISBN-13: 978-0593068175
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.8 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (396 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 940,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Poppet: Jack Caffery 6 Paperback – 28 Mar 2013
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She has an MA in film making from the American University in Washington DC and an MA in creative writing from Bath Spa University. She now lives in England's West Country and is a full-time writer. For more information on Mo Hayder and her books, see her website at www.mohayder.net.
"Hayder has a profound ability to shock and surprise her readers" KARIN SLAUGHTER "With Mo Hayder you never know where you are going until you get there" The Times "Extraordinarily good. Creepy, enthralling, twisty and very moving. Wow." STEVE MOSBY "Oozes sinisterness from the first page" Entertainment weekly "Enthralling...Hayder's sharply drawn characters, major and minor, and her psychological acumen combine for a frightening and convincing read." Publisher's Weekly
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Poppet is the sixth book featuring Detective Inspector Jack Caffery of Bristol, England's Major Crime Investigation Team. "His unit is the one that gets all the murders and difficult cases. The cases that need high-level attention."
The opening chapter takes us to a mental institution. Each and every resident is afraid of The Maude - who will sit on your chest and ......Is this a mass delusion? Or is someone targeting some of the unlikeable and bothersome residents of the ward. None of the patients will even say the name aloud....And now the staff is afraid as well.
Isaac, a young resident deemed 'cured', is released back into society. Caffery is called in when Isaac is found to have connections to the deaths on the ward. A bag of little human effigies, also known as 'poppets' is found hidden in Isaac's old room.....and he's disappeared.
Jack is also working on the disappearance of a young woman named Misty - but Caffery knows much more about the case than he's letting on.
"But truth is stranger than fiction and the world is never what it seems: for over a year Caffery's been hopscotching over the issue, he's been guarding the case like a hound, appearing to be working on it while simultaneously leading the unit away from what he really knows about Misty's disappearance, - which is more, much more than any cop has a right. It's a big fat secret he's been hiding. Something he can't do anything about."
I've loved the Jack Caffery character since Hayder's first book Birdman.Read more ›
So what's it about? Well, it's about a high-security psychiatric detention unit in the West Country (Somerset/Glos) housing some pretty weird inmates, but some of them have been dying in strange circumstances. The place is run by the delectable Melanie Arrow, or at least she's delectable in the eyes of Senior Nursing Co-Ordinator AJ LeGrande who has always regarded her to be out of his league. One of the better behaved detainees is about to be released: Isaac Handel, who some eleven or so years earlier, at the age of fourteen, committed a crime so sickeningly violent that I won't mention it here - or who the victims were - because part of the element of surprise for the reader is finding out. Meanwhile, front-man DI Jack Caffery is accosted by the mother of a young woman who has been missing for well over a year, and in fact this is a story strand carried over from the previous Caffery episode Gone (actually published 3 years ago). The mother wants closure and wants Caffery to re-open the search. He and police diving specialist Phoebe 'Flea' Marley have secrets about that case that could cause all sorts of problems should the truth ever come out. And after a third of the story has passed, Caffery is drawn into the deadly goings-on at Beechway Psychiatric Unit.Read more ›
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Halfway through .... Blimey Mo Hayder has a way of making you not want to get out of bed and carry on reading till then end of the book. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Saffy
Loved this book but be warned this is the most spine chilling of Mo Hayder's books I've read. really creepy twists and turns. superbPublished 1 month ago by j cable
I loved Mo Hayder but I have to say I struggled with this one. I felt it didn't get warmed up until nearly half way through - its a good book when it did thoughPublished 1 month ago by D. Reynolds
Excellent, gripping and totally heartbreaking again, how does she do it? The best one since The Treatment.Published 2 months ago by Crake
spotted this book on holiday was attracted by the front cover read a first few pages and was hooked just had to purchase for my kindle and ive got to say it has you gripped from... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Babs Ryan