Poppet – Mo Hayder

Posted: September 11, 2013 in Review, thriller

poppetDetective Inspector Jack Caffery is looking for a woman who has been missing for three years.   He knows he is searching for a body as he knows she is dead and who killed her.  He just doesn’t know where the body is and wants to find it so he can return her to her family.

A senior psychiatric nurse, AJ LeGrande works in the Amberly Secure Unit and is worried.  A power cut leads to a series of horrific events the patients blame on the ghost of a dwarf.  Worried about his patients and convinced something evil is happening, AJ asked Jack to investigate.

Very clever plot with two stories going at once, this is a delicious creepy tale.  Slow for me at first, I couldn’t put the book down by halfway through and stayed up far too late to find out what happened in the end.  The evil doer’s identity was a surprise and I only saw it coming after it was spelt out and what happened after – in the woods – made me both happy and sad.

The sixth book featuring Jack Caffery this is the fourth in the Walking Man series.  It’s not necessary to have read the rest of the series to understand what is going on, I hadn’t but wished I knew more of the back story.


Supplied by Random House New Zealand

Reviewed by Jan


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