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.
When a scrap of paper containing a chilling plea is found in the woods, attached to a lost dog, Detective Inspector Jack Caffery inherits both the dog and the investigation. He has no idea who he is searching for, but it’s a race against time. Ten miles away a family is being held hostage, fighting for their lives in their isolated hilltop house. This is no random crime. They endured a nightmare years before, and that same horror has returned… will Caffery make the connection, before it is too late?
Overview *Contains Spoilers*
It took me a long time to finish this book, not because I found it boring, it was a little slow in places, the main reason was it was quite a heavy book in terms of the language used and the slightly disturbing plot line. Hayder enjoys going into gruesome details of the murders but this helps to bring the story alive.
At first it seems like all of the loose ends of the plot aren’t going to be resolved and tied together in time for the end of the book, however they are resolved quickly and succinctly within a few chapters towards the end of the book. Hayder doesn’t stop surprising you with plot twists until the very end which is one reason why I loved this book so much. You want to keep reading to find out what’s going to happen to the characters and see if any plot twists occur. This is one book which will make you continue to think about the characters long after you’ve finished it.
I would recommend this book to older readers as opposed to young adults as the topic matter could be upsetting and distressing to younger readers. However, I would definitely recommend this book if you are looking for a non-stop action thriller and detective story.