The Maude is outside. It wants to come in.
It wants to sit on your chest.
The mentally ill patients in Beechway High Secure Unit are highly suggestible. A hallucination can spread like a virus. When unexplained power cuts lead to a series of horrifying incidents, fear spreads from the inmates to the staff. Amidst the growing hysteria, AJ, a senior psychiatric nurse, is desperate to protect his charges.
Detective Inspector Jack Caffery is looking for the corpse of a missing woman. He knows all too well how it feels to fail to find a loved one's body. When AJ seeks Caffery's help in investigating the trouble at Beechway, each man must face a bitter truth in his own life. Before staring pure evil in the eye.
©2013 Mo Hayder (P)2013 Random House AudioGo
I loved Mo Hayder's early novels but have been so disappointed by the most recent ones that it took me a long time to decide to download this one. I am so glad that I did and cannot wait for the next Jack Caffrey. The beginning is so creepy and terrifying that I almost gave up listening but it is this creepiness that entices you in to the characters and the story. It is so excellently constructed that for most of the novel I really did not know where it was going and was constantly surprised. Unlike many current crime novels Hayder does not resort to cliches but uses plot and excellent characterisation to keep you listening. Jot Davies also narrates this excellently and I hope he continues to narrate the Caffrey series.
I am not a literary academic but just love clever complicated gritty mysteries with strong characters. Such as Hayder ,Robotham & Jussi
In her usual brilliant style another complex plot
With interesting and believable characters
Well researched and very very clever .
Adrenalin producing probably best not listened
To at night if you want to sleep !
Bunny waitress full time, knitter and avid reader.
Mo Hayder's stories scare the beejesus out of me, and still I cannot stop, I just enjoy the scary stuff!
This book doesn't disappoint, and I'm glad I got the audiobook, because the narration is also very very good. From the very beginning, there are two stories intertwined: one, concerning a disappeared person, who sees Jack Caffrey involved from the start, and the other story, taking place in the mental hospital, that slowly creeps into Caffrey's line of work. I don't want to say too much for fear of spoiling the book to other readers, but while I didn't guess the end, I knew that some things "were not as they seemed"... enough said!
Get now yourself scared and listen to Mo Hayder!
Great story which begins with many different threads and spins them nicely into a compelling story. Great characters, strong plot, a few twists (though I did anticipate the ending (ish))!
Anything else written by Mo Hayder - her work is excellent.
All of them were excellent, particularly OJ.
Get this - you will not be disappointed. Then get more Mo Hayder.
Mo Hayder has pulled it out the bag again, yet another fantastic story, great plot and ..... well Jack Caffrey.... what can i say? fab character. One of my favorites!! Jot Davies is brilliant, highly recommend this!!
I love Mo Hayder's books and this one did not disappoint! I loved the way the story starts with different strands that become intertwined in a complex and compelling story! It gets more and more readable at every twist and turn! I also enjoy that strands and loose ends that link to other books - Jack Caffrey and Flea Marley!
I love the way the complex plot draws together and develops. The interesting and believable characters that you meet along the way, Jack Caffrey... one of my faves! Loved OJ and also the characters in the psychiatric wards.
Jot Davies's was brilliant! I haven't heard her work before but loved this.
It's not for the faint hearted! A few points late at night I had to turn it off as it was too creepy!
one of the best that I have listened to
jack he is always interesting
very good accents
this poppet is a Payne
I thought this was the best yet from mo harder (and I am a fan of her books)
My name is Freda and I am in my 60's. I was a graphic designer, now retired. My favourite books are supernatural horror (not short stories)
Read the reviews before I bought this it was said to be real scary, wasn't scary at all just your usual psychological thriller. Two stories going on at the same time, the Poppet story and a missing woman who has nothing to do with the poppet thing, which I think spoiled the story. I had guessed what was going on well before the end. It was well read but the story didn't give me that scary nail biting edge I had expected. Not a bad book though for all that.
"Poppet Will Make Your Skin Crawl"
Riveting, thrilling, creepy.
Jack Caffrey because he is a good man but he has flaws. He is imperfect but moralistic, which sounds strange but it's a successful combination which works and makes him a 'real' character.
Yes. I enjoy his work. He is easy to listen to and all his characters are distinguishable. His accents are excellent and you can get lost in his reading which is how it should be.
I would have loved to have had that luxury. As it was, it was the last thing I listened to before falling asleep and the first thing I reached for on waking up!
I did miss the 'Walking Man' as he is a powerful and wise character. I will wait in anticipation for Mo Hayder's next offering.
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