Poppet by Mo Hayder
(Jack Caffery)

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Hayder's rich psychological portraits of her characters and their sorrow over past loves and past deeds outshine the gore of the early scenes and makes "Poppet" a compelling mystery that will cause fans...to ponder not just who did it, but why.
-LA Times

Synopsis

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.
 

About Mo Hayder

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Mo Hayder has worked as a barmaid, security guard, filmmaker, hostess in a Tokyo nightclub, and teacher of English as a foreign language in Asia. She has MAas in filmmaking and creative writing.
 
Published May 14, 2013 by Atlantic Monthly Press. 400 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Travel, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Apr 16 2013

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.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Jul 29 2013

...LeGrande convinces Caffery to become fully engaged in the grim criminal doings at the hospital. And at that point, the narration quickens and becomes increasingly purposeful as the book races to its satisfying conclusion.

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LA Times

Good
Reviewed by Paula L. Woods on May 17 2013

Hayder's rich psychological portraits of her characters and their sorrow over past loves and past deeds outshine the gore of the early scenes and makes "Poppet" a compelling mystery that will cause fans...to ponder not just who did it, but why.

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