A Jack Caffery Thriller
By Mo Hayder
Atlantic Monthly Press, Hardcover, 9780802121073, 378pp.
Publication Date: May 14, 2013
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.
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)