Poppet (Jack Caffery Trillers) MP3 CD – 30 Apr 2013
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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 the Paperback edition.
The heartstopping new Jack Caffery novel - a Sunday Times Top 10 Bestseller --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product description
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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. There was a great deal in the story that I didn't see coming, and the scenes in the psychiatric hospital conjure up a strong sense of atmosphere that works extremely well. The 'poppets' of the novel's title are a stroke of sinister genius, as is the case history of Isaac Handel, a recently discharged patient with a shocking past.
Less effective is the building of the relationship between AJ and his colleague Melanie, whose romance has a tendency to descend into cringe-inducing territory - and I was unconvinced by a subplot involving Caffery's investigation into the disappearance of a minor celebrity, Misty Kitson, who is almost certainly dead yet whose body has yet to be recovered. I must concede that it may have made more sense to me if I'd read the previous books in the Caffery series and better understood his history with Flea, a police diver connected with the Kitson case, but as it was, it seemed an unwelcome digression from the events at the psychiatric hospital.
There are some tiresome cliches and stereotypes in Poppet - I was itching to edit at times - but as an over-the-top horror/crime hybrid, it works extremely well, and I'd consider reading another in the series.
The story is very good. Caffery is an unconventional cop. Like so many other unconventional cops that we see now, but he is also a thoroughly likeable one who wants to do the right thing. I thought that the story wouldn't have any surprises but there were plenty of them.
I have read two of the books in this series and will definitely be reading the earlier books and the new one that is due later in the year.
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With Skin I felt as though the actual crime took a backseat to other events, and with Poppet I feel as though a similar thing...Read more
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