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Poppet (Jack Caffery #6)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  3,537 ratings  ·  512 reviews
Mo Hayder has for years been a master of chilling, seamlessly-plotted thrillers that keep the reader glued to the page long after lights out, and fresh off of winning the Edgar Award for Best Novel for Gone, Hayder is at the top of her game. Her latest novel, Poppet, is Hayder at her most terrifying: a gripping novel about the search for a dangerous mental patient on the l ...more
Hardcover, 378 pages
Published May 14th 2013 by Atlantic Monthly Press (first published 2013)
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Marsha You'll have a much deeper understanding of the main character and his actions if you read them all. And, the best books were the first two - Birdman…moreYou'll have a much deeper understanding of the main character and his actions if you read them all. And, the best books were the first two - Birdman and The Treatment - they are much darker than the ones written after Jack Caffery moved away from London.(less)

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Cosette
ETA. As a fan of Mo Hayder in general (The Treatment is my favorite by her and really, really great), I am always excited to see another installment in her Jack Caffery series. This one has been a bit of a disappointment, though; the narrative felt a bit disjointed and even though it moved along quickly with short chapters, at times seemed vague and rushed. I found there wasn’t much of a mystery to begin with, the resolution was rather naïve/simplistic/weak and Flea’s storyline felt like shoehor ...more
Luanne Ollivier
Quite frankly, Mo Hayder scares the bejesus out of me. The first page of her latest book Poppet grabbed me and just never let go. (and check out that creepy cover....)

Poppet is the sixth book featuring Detective Inspector Jack Caffery of Bristol, England's Major Crime Investigation Team. "His unit is the one that gets all the murders and difficult cases. The cases that need high-level attention."

The opening chapter takes us to a mental institution. Each and every resident is afraid of The Maude
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Raven
Ever since the publicaton of Birdman, still in the top 10 list of my favourite crime reads ever, I always await the next Mo Hayder title with bated breath. Poppet is the latest in the the DI Jack Caffrey series and fear not if you have not dipped into these before as there is a cogent covering of back story for the new reader. In this new book, Caffrey is drawn into a series of mysterious deaths at a pyschiatric unit, but are lives being lost by human or supernatural hand? Are the patients and s ...more
Snotchocheez
Six installments into the Jack Caffery series....and I'm plenty hooked, but unsure if it's more a guilty pleasure or genuinely a good read. As always, the back story (between Jack and MisPer diver Flea Marley) is by far more compelling than the main story (in this case, centering onr a young adult man in a mental hospital accused of killing his parents, and diving his fellow hospital residents to kill themselves.). As always, the usual caveat applies: THESE ABSOLUTELY MUST BE READ IN ORDER! Ms. ...more
Sam Arnold
For the first time since being on Goodreads I wish we had a half star. This book is probably more of a 3.5 rating than 3 but no where near a 4. The story starts again with some familiar characters and the relationship between them. I love the two main characters in this book and their relationship and dynamic is what keeps me reading the series. I have to say if you are reading this as a standalone you will not have this connection and may find this a tedious part of the story. There is a nice c ...more
Sharon Bolton
"You don't know what it's like, not to have a body to bury.'

Something is scaring the staff and patients of Beechway High Secure Unit in the West Country. There is talk of The Maude, a dwarfish creature who sits on chests, whispering poison into vulnerable ears and hearts. Is The Maude responsible for several deaths and self-maimings, or is such behavior to be expected in a place that houses the dangerously insane?

AJ, head psychiatric nurse, wonders if the mischief might be human in origin. He
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Melody
Anyone who follow my blog would know that I am a huge fan of Mo Hayder. Whenever she has a new release, I'd rush out to get it and read it the moment I receive it. No kidding. So when I knew her latest Jack Caffery thriller, Poppet, is out, I was so excited that I don't even mind the image of the cover, no matter how creepy it looks.

If you have read Mo Hayder's Jack Caffery's series, you'd know that Jack is a brilliant detective of the Bristol Major Crime Investigation Team. What I like about h
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Patrice Hoffman
I have completed Mo Hayder's Poppet and I can't help but wonder where she's been all my life. This is the first book I've read by Hayder but the sixth in her highly acclaimed Jack Caffery series. Jack Caffery is a detective for the Bristol Major Crimes Investigation team and is tasked with investigating the disappearance of a high profile model named Misti. While on the other side of town, an insane asylum is being haunted by something, or someone, named The Maude. A little man that sits on the ...more
Mark Edwards
Intensely creepy, compelling and beautifully written, with a truly surprising twist. Nice to see the continuation of the Caffery/Flea story from Gone too. The poppets that feature in the book (I don't want to give anything away) are a truly inspired creation. It's my favourite Mo Hayder novel since The Treatment. Everyone who's waiting for it is in for a real treat.
Ellie
The hysteria is rising in the Beechway high security psychiatric unit. A spate of self-harming incidents and the death of a patient had stirred up stories of The Maude, a ghostly dwarf who haunts the halls. Left to cover for absent colleagues, senior nurse AJ starts to piece together some troubling facts, leading him to call the in the police… And DI Jack Caffery’s superior is looking for just the thing to pull him from the fruitless search for the missing Misty Kitson.

I’ve always known Mo Hayde
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Rob
There's a palpable sense that this is the book Mo Hayder has been building to with her Jack Caffery series. It's at once darker and creepier than the rest of the series, but it ends on two notes of ineffable beauty and optimism, as though Hayder's offering some relief after spending six novels examining humanity's bleakness. Set in and around a mental hospital whose patients and staff seem to be experiencing something decidedly supernatural, Poppet follows the pattern of Hayder's other books by ...more
Janet
Poppet is the next instalment after Gone in the Jack Caffery series and is a terrific high octane read. It starts with strange things happening in the high security unit for mental health patients, Beechwood. Things that are difficult to explain away, nightmarish fables that have truly caught the imaginations of patients and staff alike. It's here we meet head nurse AJ Le Grande who is a big character within the book, so much so that Caffery doesn't really take centre stage for a fair chunk of t ...more
T. Edmund
I wasn't actually familiar with Jack Caffery before picking up this book (the creepy blurb enticed me nonetheless) and I wouldn't recommend starting with this book (for reasons discussed before) however I would thoroughly recommend this horror-ride detective tale.

The story starts slightly awkwardly, on the one hand we have Jack pursuing a series spanning plotline, while AJ an institution attendant starts a cute romance with his boss Melanie (their storylines don't cross until almost 1/3 into the
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Catherine
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Sara
To be honest, I initially picked this up because of the scary cover. Luckily, the book turned out even better than I had hoped.

My past experience with detective series has been mixed. I've wanted a dark series to sink my teeth into, but with the ones I've read, I couldn't fully get behind our main character. I'm sick of detectives with substance abuse problems, social problems, and relationship problems. Why can't we just have a normal person that does his job. I don't need a hero, just someone
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Jerome Parisse
Mo Hayder has mastered the art of gothic crime novels - my favourite one of hers so far is Tokyo, but Poppet comes next. I was delighted to get it early on the Kindle and I read it fast. Well paced, with a plot split into three parts which eventually all come together, the novel features one of Hayder's favourite characters, DI Jack Caffery. Police Diver Flea Marley is not far, as usual, but don't think you need to have read the other books, this works well as a standlone novel. The plot is unne ...more
S.D.
The latest in the Jack Caffery series finds strange goings on at a psychiatric center. Patients are into self-mutilation, claim to have seen a creature called The Maude, and after two deaths, one of the nurses is concerned. He asks Jack to look into it quietly since involving the police doesn’t sit too well with the owners. AJ’s main concern is the recent release of Isaac Handel who had murdered and mutilated his parents years ago. Isaac makes little voodoo-like dolls called Poppets. Melanie Arr ...more
Linda
Just love the writing here, it is a book I sat and read in one sitting. As with a lot of books with recurring characters, you should start at the beginning, this one follows on from previous books in so much as different story lines are carried through.
The story is set in hospital for the mentally ill, where strange things are happening to the patients and the whispers among them is that "The Maude" is on the loose. AJ, is the senior psychiatric nurse and he is desperate to protect those under h
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Gatorman
Another terrific Jack Caffery thriller from Hayder, this time focusing on the strange goings-on at a mental-health ward that may involve a supernatural being known as "The Maude". The writing, as usual, is top-notch and the ending is surprising and tensely drawn out. The only qualm is that the sub-plot involving Flea and her secret (which Jack knows of) doesn't get enough attention, IMO, and ends up feeling more like a distraction than an important focus of the book. Still, the main story never ...more
Annabee
In het kort even een paar punten waarom ik dit boek niet hoger waardeer:
- De spanning komt te laat op gang. Om en nabij pagina 200 lijkt de auteur pas zin te krijgen in het verhaal, dat deels voortborduurt op een oude zaak met Jack Caffery en Flea Marley.
- Met perspectiefwisselingen is niets mis, integendeel. Maar om dat na elke pakweg anderhalf à twee bladzijden te doen en daar dan ook nog kinderachtige hoofdstuktitels aan te geven is buitengewoon irritant.
UKDana
Mo Hayder has written a novel with a seriously creepy opening. Claustrophobic and atmospheric, you really feel the sense of terror - like a horror film. The story takes place in a high security psychiatric hospital for people who are a danger to themselves or others. There are lots of hints about something terrible having happened recently. Things which are attributed to "The Maude"' a ghost who wanders the corridors and tortures the patients. When some of the staff start dreaming similar things ...more
Tanja Berg
Rating 4.5/5*. It might have been a five, had I not found it took a bit of time to get into it. After a few bad books I was slightly unsure what Mo Hayder would bring to the table. I've read her before, but except for "Tokyo", I've not been particularly taken in. I am now. I want more of her creepy, disturbing and bizarre mysteries.

Strange things are going on at a local mental hospital. The patients talk of a ghost that creeps the corridors. Some of them maim themselves and then there is death.
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Rob Donovan
Mo Hayder has been one of my favourite authors for a long time. She seems to go through peaks and troughs with her productivity, but for the last few years has got back to releasing books on a regular schedule.

She is a rare author in that her standalone books are just as strong as her series. The reviews for, “Poppet,” have been mostly favourable. Some were unhappy with the ending whilst others loved the new direction. To say I was intrigued was an understatement.

The Blurb:

Everything goes accord
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Diane
Beechway High Secure Unit, a former, Victorian workhouse now a psychiatric hospital in Bristol, outside of London, is the setting for Mo Hayder's, Poppet. Mysterious deaths, incidents of mutilation and self-harm are occurring on a much too frequent basis. Each incident seems to be tied to a power failure at the facility, but exactly what is causing these incidents no one seems to know. Could it be a patient that was released before his time, or could there be some truth to an old ghostly legend, ...more
Vickie
This is book six in the Walking Man Series featuring Jack Caffery. Mo Hayder has an unbelievable talent for tapping into and exploiting our most deep rooted fears. In this instalment a recently released psychiatric patient, some unexplained deaths in a psychiatric hospital and voodoo dolls (or poppets) feature as the backbone of the story. There are some frightful scenes and some very gory, not to mention graphic, scenes in this book that can make those die hard cynics think twice in sleeping wi ...more
Annette Gisby
Mo Hayder is an author who delves deep into the darker recesses of the human psyche, and how much darker are the psyches of patients in a mental hospital, some of them there because they have committed horrendous crimes?

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 patient
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Sue
A thriller set in and around a psychiatric hospital? Creepy cover? Sign me up!
Mo Hayder has outdone herself with her newest Jack Caffery thriller, Poppet. Psychiatric nurse AJ LeGrande believes that something, or someone, is causing some of the hospital’s least popular patients to cause themselves harm. When one of the survivors talks about “The Maude”, a dwarf-like creature rumored to be roaming the halls of Beechway High Secure Unit, AJ must get to the bottom of the strange goings-on before a
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Christine
Mo Hayder is a genius in constructing a chilling storyline with lots of twists and turns. Along with Karin Slaughter, she is becoming my favourite author. She writes with such intelligence and detail. I am now dying to read the rest of the Caffery books. This is the third I have read.

She brings back Caffery and Flea and the backstory of Flea's cover up of an accidental murder. I found this very satisfying. She describes realistically a mental health unit in the UK. Within the unit is a scary myt
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Victoria
In 2008, I first discovered Hayder’s darkly electrifying skill in the first novel in the Jack Caffery series, Birdman (I highly recommend starting from there and reading this series consecutively). This book marks the sixth addition to this thrilling series. Though it has been almost two years since reading Gone (the fifth book in the series), Hayder’s novels are the kinds that linger in your memory, and with this rather chilling cover, it is a gripping read. There are some reminders about the p ...more
Terri
Jan 24, 2015 Terri rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2015
Man I had a hard time getting into this book. I usually really enjoy Mo Hayder's stuff, but this one just didn't grip me. The second half of the book was better, but I kept finding myself hoping for more interaction between Jack and Flea because the mystery in the book really didn't interest me.
Looking forward to the next book, as the final chapter seemed a set up of things to come!
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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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Jack Caffery (7 books)
  • Birdman (Jack Caffery, #1)
  • The Treatment (Jack Caffery, #2)
  • Ritual (Jack Caffery, #3)
  • Skin (Jack Caffery, #4)
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