Review of Wolf: Jack Caffrey #7 – Mo Hayder

Posted: April 21, 2014 in Review, thriller


A little girl finds a lost puppy wandering in the woods. It has a torn note attached to its collar with the words HELP US on it. She gives it to a vagrant she meets to find its family.

In a remote house on the other side of the woods are Oliver and Matilda Anchor-Ferrers, daughter Lucia, and their little dog Bear, who have journeyed to their country home for Oliver to relax and recover from a heart operation.   After finding entrails wrapped around trees in the garden that mimic the scene of a local 15 year old murder, two policemen appear who are investigating the disembowelling of a local woman. After the phones and police radio don’t work, everyone is convinced the murderer is free and has returned.

After walking off the job, Jack Caffrey comes across The Walking Man –a local vagrant – and makes a deal to discover the owners of a lost little dog in return for some information about his missing brother. As his search goes on, the two events get drawn closer together and the 15 year old murder keeps reappearing.

Mo Hayder is a genius. The plot was chillingly scary with twist upon twist upon twist.   Just when you think you’ve got things figured out, you are confronted with a new turn of events. I missed Flea in the story, but it was more Jack’s personal journey than a police drama. The ending was sad but answered a lot of questions. I read it in two days, not having much sleep as I could not put it down. If you like psychological thrillers, you’ll love this one!

Bantam Press

Supplied by Random House New Zealand

Reviewed by Jan


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