- Publisher: BANTAM PRESS
- Format: Hardback | 416 pages
- Dimensions: 162mm x 240mm x 37mm | 676g
- Publication date: 24 April 2014
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0593068181
- ISBN 13: 9780593068182
- Sales rank: 78,461
I believe, from what I can hear, that either my daughter or my wife has just been attacked. I don't know the outcome. The house is silent. Fourteen years ago two teenage lovers were brutally murdered in a patch of remote woodland. The prime suspect confessed to the crimes and was imprisoned. Now, one family is still trying to put the memory of the killings behind them. But at their isolated hilltop house...the nightmare is about to return.
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Mo Hayder's first novel, Birdman, was hailed as 'a first-class shocker' by the Guardian, and her follow-up, The Treatment, was voted by The Times as 'one of the top ten most scary thrillers ever written'. With the last Jack Caffery thriller, Gone, she won the prestigious Edgars Best Book award. Poppet is the sixth novel to feature DI Jack Caffery, and the fourth in the Walking Man series. For more information, see www.mohayder.net
By P J Kennard 30 Mar 2014
When police arrive at the Anchor-Ferras' remote family home, they fear that a convicted killer is on the loose again and started another killing spree. But their nightmare is only just beginning, as they becomes hostages of men determined to take them to the brink of terror...
Meanwhile, DI Jack Caffrey is working on a cold case that is very personal to him, which will tie him to the Anchor-Ferras in ways he couldn't possibly imagine...
To be completely clear, this is a DARK crime thriller. Hayder has pulled no punches in describing the family's torment, ratcheting up the tension chapter by chapter. She has wisely pared the narrative down, switching almost exclusively between the remote house Ã?Â and Jack Caffrey's very personal journey. And what a frustrating journey it becomes, for Caffrey is the only one with any clues, but he is completely oblviouous to the crime taking place. This also helps raise the stakes: will he find out what's going on and will he be in time?
It is these questions that kept me going when the pace seemed to flag a little. While irrelevancies have been pared down to almost non-existence, the pace is deliberately slow and measured with everything carefully arranged. The end, when it comes, is worth the patience.
Those unfamiliar with Jack Caffrey may be wary of entering a range so far along, but I found that while he is sketched a little thinly at first and there are clearly nuances aimed at regular readers, these do not detract from the story and there appears to be nothing requiring any prior knowledge of stories or characters. However, it is clear that this is only part of his ongoing character arc.
In the end, I found this to be a measured, tense, thriller, which while unlikely to revisit, well worth the read.
"Hayder keeps you guessing adroitly - and has in Caffrey, a maverick cop so fascinatingly weird that he makes Ian Rankin's Rebus seems a stolid conformist" Sunday Times, Culture "Builds to its mesmerising climax with a brilliantly paced sense of menace. Masterful" Sunday Mirror