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.
"Starred Review. Hayder's sharply drawn characters, major and minor, and her psychological acumen combine for a frightening and convincing read." - Publishers Weekly
"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." - Kirkus
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Rated of 5
Hayder was her usual brilliant but dark and gritty self and I love McCaffrey and Flea. Part of this story was the continuing story from her last book and part is a new case that takes place in a psychiatric facility. Of course things are never as they seem. I would not recommend trying to eat anything while reading parts of this novel, there is a very graphic section that is quite horrifying. Don't know how she does it again and again, but she never disappoints.
As for poppets, you will have to read this yourself to find out exactly what a poppet is. ARC from publisher.
Mo Hayder has worked as a filmmaker, Tokyo nightclub hostess, and English language teacher in Asia. She is the author of Birdman;The Treatment; The Devil of Nanking, winner of the Elle Magazine crime fiction prize; Pig Island, shortlisted for the Barry Award for Best British Crime Novel; Ritual,shortlisted both for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger award and for the coveted Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award; Skin; and Gone; as well as the winner of the 2011 Crime Writers' Association Dagger in the Library award for outstanding body of work. She lives in England.
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