The mentally ill patients in Amberly Secure Unit are highly suggestible. A hallucination can spread like a virus. When unexplained power cuts lead to a series of horrifying incidents, fear spreads from the inmates to the staff. Amidst the growing hysteria, AJ, a senior psychiatric nurse, is desperate to protect his charges.
Detective Inspector Jack Caffery is looking for the corpse of a missing woman. He knows all too well how it feels to fail to find a loved one’s body. When AJ seeks Caffery’s help in investigating the trouble at Amberly, each man must face bitter truth in his own life. Before staring pure evil in the eye.
Mo Hayder is one of my favourite authors for a few reasons, the main one being that she has the ability to keep me hooked and identifying with the characters right from the first page. Never once did I find myself bored and the short, snappy chapters meant that the pace was fast, exciting and thrilling. An hour after finishing this book, I can still feel excess adrenaline coursing through my veins.
‘Poppet’ takes you on a rollercoaster ride in the dark, with unexpected twists and turns in the plot which keep you gasping but eager to continue reading. I absolutely adored this book!
When the decomposed body of a young woman is found near railway tracks the police are convinced it’s a suicide. But DI Jack Caffery is not so sure. He’s on the trail of a predator, a brutal killer who waits, hiding in shadows. As Sergeant Flea Marley a police diver and body recovery expert works alongside Caffery, she is aware that her feelings for him may go beyond the professional. But then she finds something so unexpected – and so terrifying – that it changes everything. And she knows that this time, no one not even Caffery – can help her…
To be honest, this book was a bit of a disappointment; I’d read another of Mo’s books called Wolf and absolutely loved it (you can see my review here) so I had high hopes for this book, part of the same series however I just didn’t click with this book. I don’t know why. It was extremely gruesome and explicit detail was used which gave it very realistic elements but I just found myself taking a long time to read it. I found myself wanting to give up and read something else because I couldn’t see the point in continuing to read something that I wasn’t enjoying. But I persevered with it but I don’t feel anything now that I’ve finished it. I thought that it was a very long-winded and tedious book.
Overall, I am giving this book a low rating out of ten because it certainly didn’t live up to my high expectations of the other book that I read by Mo Hayder.