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  • Paperback: 378 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press (8 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080212108X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802121080
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 14 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (338 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,072,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mo Hayder has written some of the most terrifying crime thrillers you will ever read. Her first novel, Birdman, was hailed as a 'first-class shocker' by the Guardian and her follow-up, The Treatment was voted by the Times one of 'the top ten most scary thrillers ever written'. Mo's books are 100% authentic, drawing on her long research association with several UK police forces and on her personal encounters with criminals and prostitutes. She left school at 15 and has worked as a barmaid, security guard, English teacher, and even a hostess in a Tokyo club.

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.

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"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) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The heartstopping new Jack Caffery novel - a Sunday Times Top 10 Bestseller --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lee A. Masterson on 7 July 2013
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A rare hot July in Scotland spent with nothing but this book on my lap and a cava at my side has proven to be just what Was needed to change me back into the avid reader I used to be. Mo Hayder is a delight, she inspires and surprises and this book is no exception to her run of good form. She fills her characters to the brim with original nuances and she brings in just enough twists to keep things fresh but not annoy the attentive Thriller fan too much. My only complaint would be the lengthy timespans between novels but then that's only the impatient fan in me. You definitely must read this!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Luanne Ollivier on 22 May 2013
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Quite frankly, Mo Hayder scares the bejesus out of me. The first page of her latest book Poppet grabbed me and just never let go. (and check out that creepy cover....)

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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jack on 3 Nov 2013
Format: Hardcover
This 6th Jack caffrey novel takes Hayder back to her best. I read this in 2 days and quite frankly her plotting is second to none. What Hayder is so good at is effortlessly making her prose carry the story forward at break neck speed whilst documenting every character flaw or strength with spell binding class. She is a sublime writer and easily the best in the uk at the moment. When I finished reading the novel I thought, that was quite a simple storyline, but she adds this menace and darkness to it that only she can. The pluses of this novel were that the "walking man" was thankfully absent. Let's hope she has retired him ( he was so irritating in her last few novels). Flea Marley returns but is a "bit part" leaving Caffrey ( superb) to take centre stage. Also a positive was there is VERY little police procedure ( yawn). This is pure story. She does over-write some chapters ans her story plotting is so seductive that you do end up speed reading the detail... I feel she comes off slightly worse off in the detail vs plot saga but there can be no taking away that this is a great novel. As a prolific crime reader, I am blown away by just how easily she puts everyone else in her shadow. Brilliant book Mo.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lovely Treez TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 April 2013
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Poppet is Mo Hayder's tenth novel and the sixth to feature D I Jack Caffrey but fear not, it works as a stand-alone novel as there is enough back story to inform the new reader without boring existing fans. I hadn't read any of Mo Hayder's crime thrillers until this one. Why? I guess I had read a lot of Karin Slaughter and Patricia Cornwell in my twenties and then experienced burn-out of this genre and perhaps motherhood made me shrink from the darker side of human nature. In any case, I was so intrigued by the cover of Poppet and glowing reviews via Twitter and Good Reads, that I decided to take the plunge.

Most of the action takes place at a mental health unit where a spooky mythical creature, known as The Maude, seems to be the cause of a number of recent deaths and incidents. The lead nurse, AJ, tries his best to calm down the inmates and staff but the hysteria is rampant so he calls in D I Jack Caffrey to try and get to the root of the problem. Meanwhile, Jack has his own issues, trying to locate a missing person without implicating a fellow officer.

This is a cleverly plotted, sharply written, compelling thriller and one which, whilst spooking me, fell short of scaring me witless...a good thing in my book as I like to be able to sleep at night! Ideal holiday reading and I now have the delight of tracking down Mo Hayder's back catalogue.
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By Joanne Sheppard TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 Sep 2014
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I should probably come clean at the start of this review and admit that I bought Poppet almost solely because it had a creepy cover and was set in a high security mental institution, so that gives you some idea of the level of discernment I applied to this purchase. However, despite a somewhat ludicrous plot and some annoyingly clunky prose, Poppet was nothing if not an entertaining, dark and occasionally gruesome read. Great literature this is not, but a great read for a plane journey it absolutely is - I'd give it 3.5 stars if Amazon allowed it.

Poppet is the sixth novel in Mo Hayder's Jack Caffery series. I haven't read the previous five, and perhaps I would have got more of a sense of Caffery's character if I had. From this novel alone, I felt that he was pretty much a standard maverick loner detective type without a great deal to distinguish him - however, this honestly didn't matter a great deal as much of the action happens from the points of other characters, primarily AJ, a senior psychiatric nurse dealing with an outbreak of self-harm incidents among patients at his place of work. AJ doesn't believe in The Maude, an evil presence rumoured to haunt Beechway, but it's obvious that something or someone is unsettling the inmates in the most terrifying of ways, and with Caffery's help, he's determined to discover what it is.

Although Caffery is a police officer, this isn't really a police procedural crime novel - most of Caffery's activities in the book take place outside his police remit, in fact. It's a gripping suspense mystery with strong elements of horror and of the psychological thriller genre - a sort of gritty, grimy version of modern gothic, perhaps.
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