Poppet (Jack Caffery Series #6)

Poppet (Jack Caffery Series #6)

by Mo Hayder
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Poppet (Jack Caffery Series #6) by Mo Hayder

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802193582
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 05/14/2013
Series: Jack Caffery Series , #6
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 132,542
File size: 520 KB

About the Author

Mo Hayder has worked as a filmmaker, Tokyo nightclub hostess, and English language teacher. She is the winner of the Edgar® Award for Best Novel for Gone and the 2011 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, and Hanging Hill. She lives in England.

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Poppet 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 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 3 months ago
I found the story had just enough twist and turns to keep you reading until you found the answers at the end.
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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