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Sunday, July 7, 2013

"Poppet" by Mo Hayder~Jack Caffery Series #6


Mo Hayder has for years been a master of chilling, seamlessly-plotted thrillers that keep the reader glued to the page long after lights out, and fresh off of winning the Edgar Award for Best Novel for Gone, Hayder is at the top of her game. Her latest novel, Poppet, is Hayder at her most terrifying: a gripping novel about the search for a dangerous mental patient on the loose.

Everything goes according to procedure when a patient, Isaac, is released into the community from a high security mental health ward. But when the staff realize that he was connected to a series of unexplained episodes of self-harm amongst the ward’s patients, and furthermore that he was released in error, they call on Detective Jack Caffery to investigate, and to track Isaac down before he can kill again. Will the terrifying little effigies Isaac made explain the incidents around the ward, or provide the clue Caffery needs to predict what he's got planned?

Mo Hayder is renowned for conjuring nightmares that sink under the skin, and in Poppet she has delivered a taut, unbearably suspenseful novel that will not let readers go.

Published by:  Grove/Atlantic
Pages:  400
Genre:  Fiction/Thriller/Horror
Series:  Jack Caffery #6
Author:  Mo Hayder
Purchase:  Barnes & Noble


Mo Hayder left school at fifteen. She worked as a barmaid, security guard, film-maker, hostess in a Tokyo club, educational administrator and teacher of English as a foreign language in Asia. She has an MA in film from The American University in Washington DC and an MA in creative writing from Bath Spa University UK.
Her debut, BIRDMAN, published in January 2000, was an international bestseller. Her second novel, THE TREATMENT, also a Sunday Times bestseller, won the 2002 WH Smith Thumping Good Read award. Her third novel Sunday Times bestseller TOKYO, which was published in May 2004 in the UK, won the Elle magazine crime fiction prize, the SNCF Prix Polar, and was nominated for three CWA dagger awards. Tokyo was published as THE DEVIL OF NANKING in the US March 2005. PIG ISLAND her fourth best seller was published in April 2006 and was nominated for both a Barry Award for best british crime novel and a CWA dagger. Her fifth book, RITUAL, the first of THE WALKING MAN series, has been nominated for The CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger award and one of the 14 short-listed titles for the coveted title of Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2009. The third of THE WALKING MAN series is GONE for which she won the Edgar Award for Best Novel and the 2011 Crime Writers' Association Dagger in the Library award for Outstanding Body of Work.
Mo lives in Bath, England, with her daughter Lotte-Genevieve.
Let me begin by saying that Mo Hayder has a twisted and sadistic mind!!  LOL  She scares the living hell out of me!  I had a hard time reading past the first couple of chapters of this book because I didn't really want to know who "The Maude" was and if she was going to snap off somebody's head or not. I was too terrified. Word to the wise...this is one of those ghostly thrillers that will give you nightmares the whole time you read it and afterwards, too.  I died, but I loved it.
Mo Hayder is absolutely known for her thrillers.  Her protagonist Jack Caffery is a widely lauded and beloved character who virtually grabs you by the throat in her books.  He's everything you hope for in a character who can travel the highs and lows of murder and mystery.  He gave me the creeps along with the various and assorted members of this cast of people in and out of the asylum.  Hayder knows how to draw a wicked scary person.  She a master at insanity, and it's completely icy to the heart.  I could hardly stand to read about the inmates of the asylum they were so alive.
Dark and frighteningly real, this is a novel that will give you a few hours of bone shaking fun (if this is your idea of fun!).  It was one of those "two finger" books for me.  I held two fingers across one of my eyes, and my heart thumped while I read...but I couldn't stand to put it down.
I'm a Hayder and Jack Caffery fan~big time!!
5 stars                     Deborah/TheBookishDame


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