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Poppet Paperback – April 8, 2014
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This latest from Hayder is another installment in her long running Jack Caffery series It's just as dark and somewhat gruesome as the others, so do be prepared. It's also not one I'd recommend using as a starting point with the series, though I will say that it's entirely possible. Hayder is a master plotter in my humble opinion. She always seems to be two steps ahead, something the reader will only realize in continuing further into the series.
Poppet can essentially stand on its own but the book picks up in the aftermath of the previous installments so parts of the plot do rely on events that have taken place in past titles.Read more ›
AJ, the head psychiatric nurse doesn't want to know why the patients are here, he doesn't want to know what crimes they may have committed to get incarcerated at Beechway, he treats them all with dignity and respect, no matter what they may have done in the past. When the patients start worrying about being haunted by something called 'The Maude', AJ wants to get to the bottom of things, but things go from bad to worse, with deaths and disfigurements of patients. Is there really something otherworldly that is responsible for the deaths or is the answer somewhere closer to home?
This is the sixth Jack Caffrey book, but don't worry if you haven't read any of the others, this works well as a stand-alone novel and I would say that AJ was our main protagonist here, with a few cameo roles from Jack.
The plot twists and turns like any good mystery should and leaves you guessing right till the end. It's been a long time since I've read a mystery where I hadn't guessed the twist a mile away, here I didn't and I was so pleased to be surprised!
AJ was a wonderful, sympathetic character, trying his best to care for his charges in the face of budget cuts, lack of staff who refused to cover the night shift and an old building that is crumbling around them. I adored AJ's Aunt Patience, who always made him a big breakfast whenever he got home, no matter what time of day it happened to be.
I loved the book, but it took a while to get into the flow of it because it was written in the present tense.Read more ›
Hayder continues her fantastically disturbing writing in Poppet. The beginning was so uncomfortable that I actually had to put it down for a day before I went back to finish it. It's too bad that the reviewers who complain about "not enough Jack" can't get beyond the fact that Hayder writes non-formulaic, original stories. I frankly don't want a "Jack Cafferty" series a la Spenser or other predictable, familiar plots. I hope Hayder continues to explore the strange and bizarre minds of her anti-heroes in her future novels.
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Mo Hayder is quite an interesting talent. Her work is quite noire, yet inspiring in the end.Published 4 months ago by Susan Leist
Mo Hayder is one of the queens of Celtic noir. If you like your books creepy and well crafted, Hayder's your girl. The recurring characters develop in a very interesting way. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Patricia A. Friedlander
If your looking for a good ghost story, look elsewhere. The twist left me feeling like I'd been had. Don't intend on reading this author again.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book kept me interested and I had a hard time putting it down. Asylums are most always a great location for a creepy story and Beechwood certainly fit the picture. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ernie's Mom
I have very much enjoyed all of the Jack Caffery series, and in my opinion this is the best!Published 7 months ago by L. M. Hodgkinsoon
There are many characters in this book. It kept you guessing as to how they would all relate and culminate in the end.Published 11 months ago by S. Custa