Poppet

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?Poppet . . . oozes sinisterness from the first page. . . . [Its] high-wire tension . . . never wavers.??Tina Jordan, Entertainment Weekly

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. Her world-class body of work has netted international renown, numerous awards and accolades, and a devoted following of readers around the globe. Recently awarded the Edgar Award for Best Novel for ...

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Poppet (Jack Caffery Series #6)

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Overview


Poppet . . . oozes sinisterness from the first page. . . . [Its] high-wire tension . . . never wavers.”—Tina Jordan, Entertainment Weekly

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. Her world-class body of work has netted international renown, numerous awards and accolades, and a devoted following of readers around the globe. Recently awarded the Edgar Award for Best Novel for Gone, Hayder is at the top of her game, and Poppet is Hayder at her most terrifying: a gripping, edge-of-your-seat novel set in a high-security mental health ward.

Something is not right at Beechway psychiatric unit. First one resident turns violently to self-harm, then another to suicide—both recalcitrant patients with no prior history of self-directed violence. Whispers between the inmates have traveled to the staff that the place is being terrorized by a creature called The Maude. Clinic higher-ups dismiss this as superstition, but the surviving victim certainly saw something. And what of the drawing the dead woman left behind, showing the creature wearing the sweater of a recently released patient? When staff Nurse AJ LeGrande calls on Detective Jack Caffery to investigate, what he learns about what’s going on inside and outside the hospital will shock readers and place individuals beyond the ward walls in danger. And what of Flea Marley, the police diver whose dark secret Caffery has been keeping? Can he save her from herself, or will she take him down with her?

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

“Mo Hayder has written some of the grisliest crime fiction in recent memory. . . . Nowhere is Hayder’s portrayal more nuanced and compelling than in Poppet. . . . A compelling mystery that will cause fans and new readers alike to ponder not just who did it, but why.”—Paula L. Woods, Los Angeles Times

Poppet is a seriously dark piece of work, but that’s what Mo Hayder does best. . . . A truly frightening, and at times grotesque, read.”—Sherryl Connelly, New York Daily News

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802121080
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/8/2014
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 258,654
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Mo Hayder has worked as a filmmaker, Tokyo nightclub hostess, and English language teacher. She has won the Edgar Award for Best Novel for Gone and the Crime Writers’ Association Dagger in the Library award for outstanding body of work. She is also the author of Birdman, The Treatment, The Devil of Nanking, Pig Island, Ritual, Skin, Hanging Hill, and Wolf. She lives in England.
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  • Posted May 22, 2013

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    Quite frankly, Mo Hayder scares the bejesus out of me. The first

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2013

    Does not dissapoint

    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)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2013

    Great

    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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  • Posted October 18, 2013

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    There are, primarily, two mysteries presented in this newest Mo


    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2013

    Loved it

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2013

    Great

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2013

    Incredible!

    If you only read one thriller novel in your lifetime, make it this!!

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  • Posted May 31, 2013

    Excellent!

    Excellent!

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