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Poppet (Jack Caffery Series #6)

Poppet (Jack Caffery Series #6)

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by Mo Hayder

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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


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.

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Publishers Weekly
In Edgar-winner Hayder’s enthralling sixth thriller featuring Det. Insp. Jack Caffery of the Bristol Major Crime Investigation Team (after 2010’s Gone), Caffery stubbornly clings to a missing person case as he gets drawn into fatal abuses at Beechway High Secure Unit, a psychiatric hospital. Jacqui Kitson is pressing the police to find her grown daughter, Misty, a model who disappeared a year-and-a-half earlier. Caffery knows what happened to Misty, but he’s protecting someone, an unusual stance that plays out in tantalizing fashion. Strange events are unfolding at Beechway, where belief in a monster called “The Maude” is growing among increasingly hysterical patients and staff members. A patient who goes missing is eventually discovered buried nearby. Another dies after self-harming, while a third gouges out his eye. When a severely disturbed patient is released, the terror spreads from hospital to village. Hayder’s sharply drawn characters, major and minor, and her psychological acumen combine for a frightening and convincing read. Agent: Jane Gregory, Gregory & Co. (U.K.). (May)
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Praise for Poppet

"If there’s anything better than being poleaxed by a book, it’s turning to the “also by this author” page and seeing EIGHT previous books to dive into, including one Edgar winner. Mo Hayder knows what’s scary." —The Charlotte Observer

“Enthralling . . . plays out in tantalizing fashion. . . . Hayder’s sharply drawn characters, major and minor, and her psychological acumen combine for a frightening and convincing read.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Hayder continues her stunning run of form, blending horror and procedural as few others can, undergirding the seemingly supernatural with carefully engineered plots. . . . The atmosphere of mounting dread will keep readers engrossed. . . . Nightmarishly good.”—Keir Graff, Booklist (starred review)

"Is there any creepier setting than a mental institution? Combine that tried-and-true horror milieu with the talent of an author who can make the brightly lit streets of Tokyo feel sinister, and it's almost an unfair advantage." —BookPage

Kirkus Reviews
DI Jack Caffery, of Avon and Somerset's Major Crime Investigation Team, must figure out what agents--living or dead, human or supernatural--are behind the epidemic of violence at Beechway psychiatric unit. Senior nursing coordinator AJ LeGrande never expected moonlight and roses at Beechway, but the recent toll has been disturbing indeed. Four years after Pauline Scott, an anorexic patient who was convinced someone was sitting on her chest, was found dead, another patient, Zelda Lornton, has died 12 days after cutting herself, and something has encouraged Moses Jackson, not a patient to be trifled with, to scoop out his own eye. Suspicion naturally falls on Isaac Handel, who's been committed to Beechway since killing his parents 15 years ago. But once AJ calls in Caffery (Hanging Hill, 2012, etc.), it's already too late to question Isaac, who's been unaccountably transferred to a group home from which he promptly vanishes. Even more menacing is the possibility that the cause of all this mayhem is The Maude, the ghost of a dwarf whose death over a century ago may not have kept her from continued malevolence. AJ, besotted by his recent discovery that distant, oh-so-proper Beechway director Melanie Arrow is quite the firecracker between the sheets, is hardly in the best place to make sense of the web of delusions and violence past and present. And Jack's investigation is hampered by the fact that two different players are covering up two different crimes on behalf of two different siblings. So it'll be something of a miracle if the mystery can be solved at whatever human cost. More jittery than suspenseful, but the complications are authentic and conscientiously worked out. If this installment doesn't win new fans, it'll keep the old ones happy.
Library Journal
An unsolved crime has become a thorn in the side of Det. Jack Caffery as the anniversary of the disappearance of a model named Misty gets plenty of newspaper coverage and her loudmouthed drunken mother blames Jack, who had been assigned the case, for failing to find Misty's body. So when a phone call comes in from a staff nurse at the Beechwood psychiatric unit, reporting strange happenings, patients inflicting harm on themselves, a bag full of menacing dolls, and sightings of the spectral Maude, Jack is on the case. It seems that these happenings coincide with the accidental release of an inmate with a horrific homicidal past. VERDICT Hayder's latest installment in the Jack Caffery series (after Hanging Hill and the Edgar award-winning Gone) is a creepy, twisty thrill ride that doesn't stop and will give you the shivers if you dare to read it at night. This is another winner.—Marianne Fitzgerald, Severna Park H.S., MD

Product Details

Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
Jack Caffery Series , #6
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

Mo Hayder's debut, Birdman, 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, won the Elle magazine crime fiction prize, and the SNCF Prix Polar. She has also written the bestselling Pig Island, as well as three books in the Walking Man series: Ritual, Skin and Gone.

Steven is one of a select group of narrators who have recorded over 200 audiobooks. Superlatives are many in reviews of his work, for which he is a multi Earphones-Award winner. He has established an acting career on both sides of the Atlantic in theatre, television, film, and radio drama. His audiobook performances cover an eclectic range of subjects in both fiction and nonfiction, from thrillers, mysteries, classics and histories to children's fantasy and biographies.

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Poppet 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Twink More than 1 year ago
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. He's an enigma - flawed, fearless, full of secrets but a dedicated cop - who plays by his own rules. Police diver Flea Marley returns. The back and forth of her personal and professional relationship with Caffery is far from over. I'm torn on what I think about her. Jack shares the lead role in Poppet with A.J., the psychiatric ward supervisor. He's a great character, innocent, likable and fearless in his own way. His empathy and caring of the patients struck a note. He starts his own investigation into the case. Hayder plumbs the depths of the human psyche in both her characters and her crimes. Poppet is full of twists, turns and lots of tension. Did I mention deliciously dark and creepy? Be prepared to stay up late with this one. Poppet could be read as a stand alone, but do yourself a favour - start from the beginning of the series - you'll be hooked.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mo Hayder is in a class all her own. If you like to be horrified, the delivery of her storylines, writing skill and imagination are impeccable. After I finishing Poppet I started the series over because I was already missing Jack. I know this one just came out but please give us another Cafferty novel ASAP. ( also loved Devil of Nanking, very disturbing)
gloriafeit More than 1 year ago
There are, primarily, two mysteries presented in this newest Mo Hayder novel, which marks the return of D.I. Jack Caffery, a “plain-clothed” member of Bristol’s Major Crime Investigation Team, now 42 years old, and Sergeant “Flea” (Phoebe) Marley, 30 years old and just returning to work nearly a year after having been seriously injured in an explosion in a tunnel. The first is a case of a woman gone missing a year and a half ago, when Misty Kitson, a 25-year-old model and recovering drug addict, walked out of a rehab clinic. Despite abundant police measures, her body was never found, and the case still haunts both of them. As the book opens, Caffery is called by AJ LeGrande, a psychiatric nurse and senior nursing coordinator, to Beechway, a high security mental health ward housing “killers and rapists and the determinedly suicidal.” (He was dubbed “AJ” - - Average Joe - - by a co-worker, and it had stuck.) As one might expect, things are not quiet there. And they become decidedly less so when a patient – the second one to do so – is found dead, apparently a suicide. But there are other-worldly things at play here - - or are there? The book delivers Ms. Hayder’s trademark suspense and intricate plotting. The writing is lovely even during the frequent passages when it produces chills up one’s spine, itself a frequent occurrence. A bit more than half-way through the book, that breath you’ve been holding becomes a gasp. And everything suddenly goes into high gear. One thing one can always count on with this author: Expect the unexpected. Recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mo Hayder gets better every time. The relationship between Jack and Flea is almost as suspenseful as the crimes they solve. ~*~LEB~*~
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I enjoyed this book, the creepier the better. Good twists and turns.
Kathy3KL More than 1 year ago
I have just started reading it and find it intriguing.
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Couldn't put it down ,loved the suspense !
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Outstanding. Kept me guessing until late in the book. I'm surprised I haven't found this author before, as many mysteries as I read, but I'll definitely read more in this series.
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I only had a slight suspicion on what the answer to the mystery was... but i never could have guessed the answer! I loved this book and highly suuggest it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First novel by Mo Hayder that Ive read. Loved it - cant wait to pick up the first one in the series.
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If you only read one thriller novel in your lifetime, make it this!!
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