Poppet – Mo Hayder

Random House UK, Transworld Publishers

Pub Date: Mar 28 2013 |

Source - Net Galley

My Rating – 4 stars

Poppet is Mo Hayder’s tenth novel and the sixth to feature D I Jack Caffrey but fear not, it works as a stand-alone novel as there is enough back story to inform the new reader without boring existing fans.  I hadn’t read any of Mo Hayder’s crime thrillers until this one.  Why?  I guess I had read a lot of Karin Slaughter and Patricia Cornwell in my twenties and then experienced burn-out of this genre and perhaps motherhood made me shrink from the darker side of human nature.  In any case, I was so intrigued by the cover of Poppet and glowing reviews via Twitter and Good Reads, that I decided to take the plunge.

Most of the action takes place at a mental health unit where a spooky mythical creature, known as The Maude, seems to be the cause of a number of recent deaths and incidents.  The lead nurse, AJ, tries his best to calm down the inmates and staff but the hysteria is rampant so he calls in D I Jack Caffrey to try and get to the root of the problem.  Meanwhile, Jack has his own issues, trying  to locate a missing person without implicating a fellow officer.

This is a cleverly plotted, sharply written, compelling thriller and one which, whilst spooking me, fell short of scaring me witless…a good thing in my book as I like to be able to sleep at night!  Ideal holiday reading and I now have the delight of tracking down Mo Hayder’s back catalogue.

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