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The Treatment (Jack Caffery #2)

4.01  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,425 Ratings  ·  554 Reviews

In a residential neighbourhood in south London, a husband and wife are found tied up and imprisoned in their house. Their young son is missing. Detective Jack Caffery is called in to investigate. When the child’s body is found, he attempts to unravel the motive and sequence of events, especially when he discovers that a tragedy in his own past is indirectly connected to th

Paperback, 492 pages
Published 2002 by Bantam Books (first published 2001)
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Sep 05, 2011 Bill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy crap.

Mo Hayder has just moved into my number 1 slot for crime fiction. The Treatment closely follows Birdman, so be sure to read her awesome debut before reading this one.

A fair warning though: I have a pretty high tolerance for reading about the evil that people can do, but I lost sleep over this one. Even if you don't have kids, you'd have to be completely without empathy or even humanness to not be affected by the crimes that come out of Hayder's mind here.
Sometimes you may ask yourself
Dannii Elle
Whilst not my favourite Hayder book, this is still a solid 4 star read and a brilliant installment in the Jack Caffrey series.

I believe that the power of Hayder's writing lies in her raw and unapologetic presentation of crime, landscape and character. She never shows or tells the reader anything, but displays it in a 'warts-and-all' style that I find shocking and yet brilliant. Nothing feels hidden and no character is favored or protected. And yet I still manage to feel affinity towards the main
May 21, 2016 Rick rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm at a loss. This was brilliant writing, brilliant characterization (with flawed, REAL people), and breathless plotting. All in all, this should be a 5-star review. BUT this had to have been one of the darkest and most sadistic books I've ever read. Even now, I feel nauseous at some of the passages and the truly hopeless ending. I admire Ms. Hayder's ability to write, but I can't say I will ever read one of her books again. I love horror; I love suspense...I can endure pretty gruesome drama, b ...more
Karin Slaughter
Apr 07, 2014 Karin Slaughter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Is someone asked me to teach a class in thriller writing (and please don't because I'd be crap), this is the only textbook I would need. It's hard for me to read thrillers because I'm always looking at the scaffolding of the story, and I generally figure things out, but with the Treatment, it was just pure suspension of disbelief all the time, and when the revelation came, I was both shocked and tickled that Mo had managed such a terrific twist. It's a bit dark and mean (a Hayder trademark) but ...more
The first thing you have to know about this book, if you're intending to read it, is that it has paedophiles in it. A veritable backing chorus of them. If you don't want to read about that, don't read this book. I couldn't tell this from the blurb, but hey, paedophiles are a potentially interesting premise for a mystery, and not something I read about often. So I went with it.

Your basic plot is as follows: mother and father are discovered after having supposed to have been on holiday, chained to
Paul Bryant
In this ugly story about depravity, child murder and florid insanity we follow your standard flawed rule-breaking detective hero for the most part, but dive off into other narratives when the author feels like it, so the tangled tale comes across hectically, chaotically, but with a propulsion that doesn't slacken for all of its 480 pages. If you can take the punishment, it's harrowing but good stuff.
I read crime fiction every once in a while to be reminded of a whole other literary discipline.
Jan 08, 2015 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A line from the book struck me: "The clanging of things falling into place is deafening." Mo Hayder makes things clang so frustratingly and deliciously slow. She speeds you up and then you stop abruptly, and you say, "Oh, no" or "Oh, Jesus" or "Oh my God" and then you read and wait for more. But all things do fall into place eventually and what a ride you've been taken on. If you love dark thrillers, you MUST read Mo Hayder.
Jun 27, 2012 Rob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think only about five people in this country know about Mo Hayder. That's a shame because she's one of the best crime novelists working, and her Jack Caffery novels feature one of the most compelling cop characters I've encountered. Like Birdman, her debut, The Treatment dives right into the kind of psychological horror that a lot of crime novels don't. It's not about the procedural; it's about the twisted psychology underlying the crime itself and how Caffery's own traumatic past often inters ...more
Cátia Santos
Mar 05, 2016 Cátia Santos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, english-books
Pedofilia. Nunca é fácil.

Este segundo livro de Mo Hayder não é tão bom quanto o primeiro, talvez porque durante várias páginas a história parece não avançar. No entanto, a partir de certa altura tudo se precipita e o livro ganha um novo fôlego. As descrições são nuas e cruas, principalmente quando falamos de crianças.

O passado de Jack, tal como em "Pássaros da morte", volta para o assombrar, e desta vez a autora é extremamente cruel com este personagem.

Não posso explorar, porque não quero criar
Jack Wilson
On a scorching, Midsummer day in South London, a couple are uncovered in their home. They have been beaten, dehydrated and left for dead, though the worst is yet to come: they're young son has been taken. We meet up again with troubled Detective Inspector Jack Caffery and his new partner, DCI Danniella Souness. Jack's life has not exactly improved after the events of 'Birdman,' he's in a rocky relationship with artist Rebecca Morant - a woman he rescued in the previous book - and the memories of ...more
Sep 05, 2012 Sunnie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Tough, tense and uncompromising, but deeply unsatisfying. The main character is battling demons from his childhood which impact on the case he is investigating. What does he do? Why he turns lone wolf of course. Annoying.

He is in a somewhat destructive relationship with a woman who is also very damaged,which does nothing to make them likeable. Irritating.

A number of "near misses" make THE TREATMENT a frustration: A person with information dismissed as a crank and ignored, a lazy police officer n
Jun 03, 2011 Helen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-thriller
Quite difficult to keep reading at times due to the particularly disturbing nature of the crimes perpetrated against children; I had to keep reminding myself 'this isn't real', but the plot twists and turns, and the tension was almost unbearable at some points I couldn't stop reading. If this had been a film I would have been watching through splayed fingers from behind a cushion! I had to actively force myself to resist peeking at pages further on to see who survived.
Some of Hayder's work is so
The Treatment is the 2nd book in the Jack Caffrey series by Mo Hayder. The first being Birdman. I was looking forward to this book as I had enjoyed the first so much. This one, however, was more difficult.

The book gets off to a slow start so it took a while for me to engage fully, but when I did, I found I couldn't put it down, staying up till 5 am, couldn't put it down. Where Birdman was about serial killers and the setting up of ongoing characters, namely Caffrey, The Treatment is about paedop
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I have literally started reading Mo Hayder. Why? Hell, I have no idea! As soon as I had finished book 1 I just knew I had to go on to book 2. There is however, something I feel I should point out about this book. It is DARK, and I mean dark. It covers subjects (such as child abuse and paedophilia) so if you haven’t the stomach for that sort of story please don’t read it, as it will no doubt disappoint and upset. Although the subject matter is awful, Hayder has a certain flair for making you, fra ...more
Dec 05, 2014 Cat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014, ebook
Ouch! Mo Hayder really knows how to write about gruesome crimes and deviated behaviours.

Once more we have Jack Caffery trying to solve another horrible and mind-boggling crime. This time, it all starts when a man and his wife are found tied up in their own house, and their young son is missing. The circumstances in which the couple is found are disgusting, to say the least, and an indication that the perpetrator is someone completely insane and dangerous. Things won't be easy for Caffery and his
Apr 23, 2014 Pwrgrl rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you are interested in reading about the worst humankind can offer and about utter police incompetence, then Mo Hayder is an author you should check out. I don't mind the dark and gritty details of the horrible crimes Hayder centers her stories around but I mind very much when there are no likable characters in the story (except perhaps the victims and even they can engender frustration).

The first book in the Jack Caffery series, Birdman was well written and interesting enough to have me grab
May 08, 2015 Midhat rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ireviewed
Ew. This book put me off completely!
Nobody seems to know about this book; at least where i live. When i had completed it, i tried to get rid of it by exchanging it with local bookstalls for another book. But they refused to take it. They said nobody's heard about a Mo Hayder, nor has anyone asked about it.
And now i am stuck with it. The cover picture of the book is just as disturbing as the grotesque story inside.
Nonetheless, I found it immensely gripping for I sat reading it with my eyes wide
Mar 09, 2013 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: five-star-books
Midsummer: Brockwell Park a residential area of South London is rocked with the discovery of couple Alek and Cheryl Peach dehydrated and beaten with the husband close to death while there son Rory is missing. On the case is DI Jack Caffery a no nonsense cop who has no problem breaking the rules to solve a case. But when Rory is found dead in the nearby park Jack will be forced to confront his past. Jack is haunted by the disappearance of his older brother Ewen when he was younger and is convince ...more
Jun 01, 2015 Paul rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Actual rating: 2.5 stars.

Until now, I regarded the novels of Mo Hayder as guilty treats, like jelly beans, something you gobble up while knowing they're no good for you. Unfortunately, as with the jelly beans in the Harry Potter stories, some Mo Hayder treats taste of vomit.

Big spoiler alert: Mo Hayder introduces a character in the first chapter, a hermit-like collector of found objects, who comes upon a damaged camera in a public park. This character, and the camera he picks up off the grass, b
Feb 18, 2015 L rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Where to begin? Hayder had me up until 4:30 a.m. with this book. It is fair to warn you that if you are into the final third of the book and take it to bed with you, you won't get much sleep.

Hayder's creation of suspense is superb. She tells this tale from multiple perspectives, including most, though not all, of the key players. She moves from one perspective to the next right at crucial moments in the story, leaving you not only hanging, but gasping for more. As a reader, you know you're being
Oct 17, 2014 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
A compelling and complex novel.
We are in the company of the Met's AMIT squad and DI Jack Caffrey. The second in this collection of taut thrillers,Hayder has swapped one of society's taboo crimes for another as the team from the start of this book have to tackle child abduction. Again the investigation is led by Caffrey and involves his personal guilt from his own childhood when his brother went missing. How can he stay objective when he is so obsessed with finding what happened in his past and d
Though it has been a few years since I read the first book in the Jack Caffery series, Mo Hayder’s books stick with you in all their disturbing glory. From what I recall about Birdman, this sequel certainly doubles the haunting imagery and nightmarish situations. And the stress! I read this in just one sitting and was literally gnawing at my bottom lip after one Homeward Bound-moment after another (this book has nearly nothing to do with animals - the Homeward Bound-moment is that “so-close, oh, ...more
Jul 03, 2015 Siobhan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Upon finishing Birdman I jumped straight into The Treatment as I was excited to see where the Jack Caffery series was heading. As much as I came to enjoy the first book in the series, I enjoyed the second much more. I’m going to be honest and say this does not shock me – so often the first book in a series lacks some of the oomph found in the latter books. So yeah, in short, the second book is even better than the first and is enough to leave you sure of the Jack Caffery series heading in a wond ...more
Jun 24, 2016 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although it took a long time for things to fall into place, it was worth the wait because the twist Hayder snuck in the end took me completely by surprise. A dark almost sadistic story, Jack Caffery investigates the disappearance and grueling murder of an eight year old boy which compels him to think of when his own brother disappeared and was never found.
Mar 05, 2015 Abbi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am in awe of this book. I have honestly never, ever felt such a rush of different emotions than I had when reading this book. It's horrifying yet gripping, and will strike a cord with you for years to come! Excellent. My absolute favourite Mo Hayder novel yet (and I've read them all).
I put this on my horror shelf. Yes, my horror shelf because the content of this book can easily be described as horrific, or horrifying, with one word: pedophilia. Books about rape or genocide make me cringe, but pedophilia churns my stomach and makes my skin crawl. And this book, this well-written police procedural about a fucked up police detective and this fucked up case, has left me at a loss for words.

This is a great series, but the reader needs an strong stomach and an iron constitution to
Paul Benkowski
This is my second Mo Hayder book and I am all the better for it. This is another great police procedural centered on Jack Caffrey. Jack's has some lingering issues about his brother going missing when they were children. This played a part in the first book, Birdman, and an even greater role in The Treatment. I was afraid it would be this constant stone in the shoe type of thing but thankfully, hopefully it is resolved, or at least put to rest in The Treatment.
The Treatment does involve some pr

This was not an easy book to read. The subject matter revolves around child pornography and pedophiles...and it's graphic and gory.

A kidnapping of a young boy, after days of torture, leads our Detective Caffery into a world of pedophiles. Because he is haunted by the disappearance of his brother at a young age, it is very difficult for him to separate the two cases. Once the story begins, the pacing keeps escalating until the very last pages. And be prepared to tear up- there were three dis
John Wiske
Oct 26, 2011 John Wiske rated it did not like it
Jack Caffery is truly an unsympathetic hero. Following his exploits is like following around Gomer Pyle, except with deadly consequences to nearly every innocent character who crosses his path. I thought I'd give him a second chance, and his incompetence is even greater in his second outing than in his first. Even the most damaged hero in Mystery/Detective novels has some quality that mitigates his emotional flaws. Caffery is the exception. Following his trail of incompetence is truly a frustrat ...more
Carol Ann
Oct 28, 2015 Carol Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not for the squeamish or faint of heart. Very upsetting subject matter. Having said that, I welcome myself to the world of Mo Hayder! I'm going back to book 1 in the Jack Caffery series, this one is the second. And yes, I totally judged this book by it's cover. A thriller, suspenseful and A+ on the creepy meter.
Let's just say I was very unsettled when I finished and checked my whole house before I went to bed. And made my husband go with me. Anxious to start the first book. See ya!
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Mo Hayder left school at fifteen. She worked as a barmaid, security guard, film-maker, hostess in a Tokyo club, educational administrator and teacher of English as a foreign language in Asia. She has an MA in film from The American University in Washington DC and an MA in creative writing from Bath Spa University UK.

Mo lives in Bath with her daughter Lotte-Genevieve.

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