The Treatment (Jack Caffery, #2)
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The Treatment (Jack Caffery #2)

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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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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...more
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....more
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...more
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
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...more
Karin Slaughter
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...more
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
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...more
I have to say that this book was entirely gripping. I have always found the I stayed up all night to finish a book a bit of a cliche but this was the predicament I found myself in last night. Stay up and finish the book (and struggle to get up for work today) or head off to bed and wait another day for all to be revealed.

I have only recently read Birdman and found that disturbing. The Treatment - I'm in a state of disbelief. I am shocked that an author can come up with such disturbing plots.


Now that I've digested this book a bit, I can say more about it. This is the follow up to the first Jack Caffery novel, "Birdman." I think "Birdman" is a better book; it has better character development, the reader comes away with more of an understanding of the villain and it doesn't end as abruptly as "The Treatment." Having said that, Hayder is a talented writer and I still found myself clutching my face in disbelief and crying out loud "Oh my God!!" while finishin...more
Matt Allen
I love so much of what Mo Hayder does with crime fiction. The Treatment backed up the fact I could be reading her for a quite a while.

The Treatment was my second Hayder novel. Like Birdman, it had authentic, deep, flawed characters, and a brilliant plot. It's an interesting angle to see her continue in this third person omniscient POV that has the reader rooting for fate to intervene and help these poor grubs trying to right the wrongs of London's criminals. With a lesser writer, that could bri...more
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Este é um livro perturbador, um policial que se debruça sobre um universo do mais negro que pode existir, a pedofilia. Um mundo que parece querer saltar para fora das páginas desta excelente obra da escritora Mo Hayder. Quando se revelam os demónios que vivem em cada um de nós, é ténue a linha que separa os culpados dos inocentes, e assim vidas são destruídas numa sociedade cada vez mais voraz!
Chris Amies
There's a film called "Notting Hill" - well, you know there is. I call it "Portland, Oregon" because for all it tells you about its Notting Hill setting it might as well be set in Portland, OR. No black people in it either and as we all know Notting Hill is very much a Black area, or was before like so many parts of London it became viciously expensive.
Same goes for Brixton and it's between Brixton and nearby Brockwell Park that "The Treatment" is set. Apart from an excursion to a caravan-haunt...more

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...more
Jerome Parisse
I like Mo Hayder’s writing and the fact she is not scared to tackle subjects that a lot of people would prefer not to hear about. In fact, her stories verge on the horror genre. The Treatment is no exception, but I was disappointed by it. Hayder’s writing and characters in the books are as good as ever: Detective Jack Caffery, still in search of what happened to his little brother Ewan many years ago, his depressed girlfriend Rebecca, Caffery’s boss Souness, an unforgetable lesbian, and the desp...more
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
This it the second novel featuring Detective Jack Caffery, however I haven’t read the first one. There are some references to the first, but there is also enough back story that you are not lost. I’m not sure if I’ll read Birdman but I have requested it from the library so we’ll see. This book opens with the imprisonment of a family and the abduction of their eight year son. Caffery’s brother was abducted at about the same age as this young boy, his brother was never found, the similarities in t...more
Kristiana Alex
Jack Caffery nikdy nevěřil na dětské báchorky a povídačky. Až do chvíle, kdy nic jiného nedávalo smysl. Do chvíle, kdy někdo nebo něco zaútočilo na rodinu s malým chlapcem a bylo jasné, že to jednou zničenou rodinou neskončí. Zmizení malého Roryho Peache Cafferymu připomene vlastní hrůzu, která ho provází od dětství.

V londýnském Brixtonu je ohlášeno přepadení a únos rodiny. Jack Caffery z oddělení Oblastního hlavního vyšetřovacího týmu se vydává do zchátralého domu a rozjíždí se pátrání po osmil...more
It's a really well written book and it has a few wonderful twists and turns. The suspense was killing me and it was exceptionally aggravating that the investigators missed so many clues that could've easily solved the case. Definitely one of the better books that I've read in my life.

The writing style was comfortable and easy to read and I didn't want to put the book down because I desperately needed to know what happened next.

The story itself, as it was intended, horrified me. I doubt that I wo...more
A strange and gripping story that had my attention throughout, at times making me wary of what lay ahead. My interpretation of the book would be to classify it as an extremely abnormal psychology of what is pronounced as peedophilia" in this book, going beyond the already abnormal manifestation of pedophilia into even more morbid imaginings.
I am getting quite worried about myself as I am finding that I am really enjoying reading these thriller books. Having discovered the wonderful chillers of Mark Billingham, I am now onto the thrillers of Mo Hayder. Both writers are fabulous. They keep me on the edge of my seat, and up long hours into the night.
Mo Hayder gives us a taut and shocking book - gritty and creepy, but very believable. Her characters are very real, warts and all. And now I am talking about the "good guys". Her villains...more
The second Mo Hayer book featuring Jack Caffery. Sometimes I read books that deal with difficult subject matter, and in this book it's all about paedophiles. I probably would have skipped reading this book in the series based on subject matter alone if I didn't like the writing so much, didn't like the main character, Jack, so much. This is not a pretty book to read. It made me uncomfortable. It also made me entertained and want to keep reading. There are some good twists and turns that I didn't...more
This is my second reading of this author's second book. It follows the same police characters as her first book (Birdman). Although the plot is self contained it helps to have read Birdman as the same sub-plot about the lead detective's obsession with the disappearance of his brother as a child, continues in this book.
Like Birdman this is a very well written thriller - keeps you on the edge of your seat for a lot of the book and makes you not want to put it down. Hayder gives graphic details of...more
This is the second in a series of police stories starring a very conflicted detective. They are realistic in that the crime is not solved 1, 2 , 3. There are some twists, turns and setbacks. The crimes are also on the "skin crawling" side. The stories are not the easy read because they require some thought but I am enjoying the coming together of the crime.

One thing I am not enjoying is the soul searching indecision of the main character. I don't think most people are as aware as this character...more
Natasha M.
Boy, this was a tough read in terms of subject matter. This author takes a crime scenario (this time pedophilia which is terrible in and of itself) and then manages to turn the knife and make a bad situation much, much worse. Not only does she write physical cruelty and brutality but also psychological brutality--there is no dressing up or sugar coating the awful situations. The author seems to like getting across that the worst part may not be the murder itself but usually is the terror and suf...more
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...more
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Ewan Cafferty 7 31 Mar 02, 2014 02:43PM  
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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.

* Jack Caffery
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