Poppet (Jack Caffery Series #6)

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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 realizes that he was connected to a series of unexplained episodes of self-harm among 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 ...

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Overview

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 realizes that he was connected to a series of unexplained episodes of self-harm among 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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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Audio
Hayder’s new thriller, book six in her series featuring Det. Insp. Jack Caffery, finds the London homicide cop haunted by the events of a previous case. Perhaps because of this, the novel focuses on a second protagonist, AJ LeGrande the newly minted head nursing coordinator at a high-security psychiatric hospital in Bristol, who is beginning to suspect that the facility’s patients have been tormented and brutalized by a former patient. Both Caffery and LeGrande are rich, conflicted characters, and as the plot shifts from one to the other, the narration provided by Steven Crossley, though remaining coolly objective, changes in suitably subtle ways. His description of AJ’s workspace has a moody, ominous quality, darkened by the presence of a rumored ghost, and patients such as a chillingly addled inmate called Monster Mother. Le Grande’s home life is described with a brighter tone; he lives in a cottage with a beloved dog and a half-Jamaican aunt who cares for him. On the other hand, Crossley uses consistent, darkly terse narration for Caffery’s sections of the book, lightened only slightly by the interplay with his assistant, Flea Marley. Eventually, LeGrande convinces Caffery to become fully engaged in the grim criminal doings at the hospital. And at that point, the narration quickens and becomes increasingly purposeful as the book races to its satisfying conclusion. An Atlantic Monthly hardcover. (Apr.)
Library Journal - Audio
10/01/2013
In Hayder's (Gone) latest, Caffery is still obsessed by some of the events described in previous series installments, but he must also take on a new case involving mysterious deaths at a local psychiatric hospital and the mistaken release of an inmate who may have been involved in the deaths. AJ LeGrande, the head psychiatric nurse, provides an alternate point of view and helps drive the story. Steven Crossley is at the top of his profession as reader and lets the characters shine through without distraction. VERDICT Listeners new to the series may want to start at the beginning; otherwise, highly recommended. ["Hayder's latest installment in the Jack Caffrey series…is a creepy, twisty thrill ride that never stops and will give you the shivers if you dare to read this at night. This is another winner," read the starred review of the Atlantic hc, LJ 5/15/13.—Ed.]—Kristen L. Smith, Loras Coll. Lib., Dubuque, IA
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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

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
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781624065071
  • Publisher: Dreamscape Media
  • Publication date: 4/30/2013
  • Series: Jack Caffery Series , #6
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 5.04 (h) x 1.13 (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.

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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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