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Skin (Jack Caffery #4)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  2,939 ratings  ·  232 reviews
When the decomposed body of a young woman is found by near railway tracks just outside Bristol one hot May morning, all indications are that she's committed suicide. That's how the police want it too: all neatly squared and tidied away.

But DI Jack Caffery is not so sure. He is on the trail of someone predatory, someone who hides in the shadows and can slip into houses unse
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ebook, 384 pages
Published March 26th 2009 (first published 2009)
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Keith
I only recently discovered that this mystery novel featuring protagonist Jack Caffery is one of a series about this British DI and I can now say that I plan on searching out the others. This intriguing thriller of moral decisions faced by two dedicated police officers that feel they must make “the wrong decisions for the right reasons” is a winner. Sgt. Flea –a nickname for Phoebe- Marley, head of the Police Divers Recovery Team and Caffery are co-workers with an undefined shared history, assign ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: Next in the series and Mo Hayder is my favourite author in the world! (at the moment)

Summary: A suicide is found and everything points to case closed, though the ex-husband does show concern that things don't seem right. When another suicide with the same MO shows up Jack Caffery asks to be put on the case as he has found some connections between the two. At the same time celebrity rich girl, Misty Kitson, has simply vanished and police diver Flea Marley has been called in to
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Rob
Skin immediately proves Mo Hayder to be even more ambitious than I thought. Not so much the fourth book in the Jack Caffery series as an immediate sequel to the third book, Ritual, what we have here is a panoramic, widescreen mystery told on a huge tapestry. The book picks up a week after the end of Ritual and once again stars Caffery and diver "Flea" Marley, only this time it keeps them apart for much of the story as they wrestle with two very different kinds of fallout from the events that occ ...more
Heather
August Halloween--a trick and a treat. Creepy throughout but with enough character development to balance the ick. Not a story with complete resolution, which I suspect runs throughout the Jack Caffery Books. This is my first and I liked the dive recovery element of the police and a bit off balance throughout. Off balance as the author intended. Well done.
Bill
Anyone who's read my reviews on Birdman and The Treatment knows I have a soft spot for Mo Hayder.
Even though she let me down in Ritual by veering away from Caffrey's storyline regarding his brother, I cannot forget how those first two novels hit me like a bag of bricks. In Ritual, she introduced a new character, Flea, and I wasn't keen on her. I was much too resentful of where the storyline was going so there was no way she was going to win me over.

Skin is pretty much a continuation of Ritual. I
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Elondel
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Karina E
Unfortunately, there were too many 'I can't exactly believe this would really happen' moments in this book. I have enjoyed Hayder's books in the past and given them high ratings, but this one didn't deliver as well as her previous books in this series.
Catherine
I would rate this one 4.5 stars. It is the 4th book in the series involving detective Jack Caffrey. The first two are among my favorite books of all time but the third was disappointing in comparison. This one is much better than that one- it returns to the focus being the relationships between the main characters. It continues with the story of Flea (the police recovery diver) who featured in the last book and centers around events in her life. Running parallel with this it follows Caffrey who ...more
Gail Mchugh
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Navin
Mix Jack Caffery who is dealing with his obsession, a police diver who seeks more than bodies in the depths, a case that ended mere days ago, and apparent suicides. Two swift shakes of Mo Hayder's hand later, out pops this delicious cocktail.

The predicament Mo designs here for each character -- the simplicity and the inevitability of their choices -- is a beauty. We watch in suspicious relief as they make their way out, only to cringe at the thought that the options they are presented with may
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Phillip Thurlby
Well what can I say? Here is a book that in a few reads time will be completely forgotten by me.

The building of the case is the strong point of this story, but its meticulous planning seems to be at the cost of interesting main characters, any sort of morbidly fascinating villain, poetic prose or a satisfactory resolution.

I shouldn't be surprised, I feel this level of indifference to the vast majority of modern crime thrillers. More and more it seems to me that they have all been to the same sch
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Linda Ostrom
A book in this series with the characters Jack Caffrey and Flea Marly is like a comfortable visit with very good friends. I look forward to the next installment each time I finish one.

Jack is in Bristol and working as a DI, but not really a very good team player. In this novel he is still very worried about a previous murder that he doesn't feel ended with the actual killer being brought to justice. Meanwhile Flea discovers just how much of a wimp her younger brother is and is refusing to own up
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Jenn
I really should learn to read books in order. The last Mo Hayder book I read makes so much more sense now! I understand the secret Flea and Jack share. Well not exactly share as Flea has no idea Jack knows. Maybe it's the secret that Flea and her brother Thom share. Thom's girlfriend - what the hell was up with her?? She needed a serious slapping if she thought they could turn everything around and blame an upstanding citizen like Flea. She was written to be hated and by golly it worked like a c ...more
Snotchocheez

Skin: 2.5 stars
Jack Caffery series #1-4 3.5 stars

Skin, the fourth installment in Mo Hayder's Jack Caffery crime thriller series, is as much audacious as it is confounding. There's a lot going on here; maybe too much. My biggest complaint with this book centers more on its format much more than its content. I'm generally not a fan of series books, anyway, but if I'm compelled enough to read one (as I've been with this), my OCD-edness compels me to read them in order. That's just a personal impera
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Marsha
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Tammy
I was driving to work this morning thinking, "I wish I was at home reading." It has been a while since I've been so engrossed with a book that I seriously considered pulling an all-nighter in the middle of a work week.

This novel made me feel all the frustration, fear, worry, compassion, and anxiety of the characters.

Highly recommend.
Wusswoo
Phew this one was hellova ride, I could not work out how a certain situation was going to be resolved and I was dragged along by the momentum of the story. This wasn't a whodunnit or even a whydidtheydoit it was more of a character study of two incredibly flawed characters. I want to know more about Thom!
On to the next book!
Luanne
Hayder keeps taking Caffery's character to new limits.
I will definitely keep reading Mo Hayder books.
This is a great, dark mystery/thriller series.
Monica
This 4th book in the series begins just a few days after the last book finished. Which is perfect, since there was a lot of unfinished business in the last one. Hayder does not tackle easy plot lines. This book is not a comfortable book to read. Jack Caffery does not always play by the rules. Both Flea Marley and the Walking Man make return appearances. Flea joins Caffery...being a rule breaker. A few different things going on in this book...a missing woman, suicide, murder...with a somewhat res ...more
Vanessa
Totally amazing. I can say now hand on heart, this book scared me one night whilst reading. I got my dog and went round my house double checking doors and windows were shut, silly as it sounds, but this just shows how much of an amazing writer Mo is, it's like you personally know Jack and 'Flea' both amazing characters. I was shocked at end with the 'who done it bit' - keep them coming please Mo, I'm ready for more (also my bedroom door stays slightly open each night so my dog can co e in and ou ...more
Bev Taylor
a jack caffery thriller

the decomposed body of a woman is found., thought to have committed suicide - but was it?

then more appear and caffery feels tat there is a link to a past case.

this he worked with flea marley who is a police diver and their paths keep crossing

who is responsible? and why do parts of their skin or hair appear to have been taken?

a deep psychological mystery with many unanswered questions at the end

only one question - why did gerber kill ruth before her operaton?

bev
Rachel
Not sure what I thought about this one. A crime thriller (part of a series) but read fine as a stand alone novel. There were some aspects of it that I enjoyed - the multiple threads which sort of came together at the end. An interesting female police officer with plenty of character. However a leading male detective who is somewhat angst ridden, deep and complex - aren't they always? To be honest i found him a bit creepy.

Too many coincidences to tie up all the loose ends and one or two inexplica
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Ellen
This was the weakest story as a mystery in the series as far as I'm concerned although it shed a great deal of light on the characters of the Walking Man and Flea Marley. The Walking Man continues to become something of a God-figure - all wise and all knowing. He appears out of nowhere, can't be found if searched for - you just have to wait along one of his known routes until he appears. The Walking Man helps Jack Caffery in his personal life and in solving crimes - can he do anything for Flea? ...more
Rebecca Martin
Despite the fact I'm giving this entry in the series only three stars, there is still something about this collection of books that I have found mesmerizing. Hayder is brilliant at handling multiple plot, some of which continue from book-to-book. Readers should know that not all of the mysteries or issues raised in each book are resolved at the end. For instance, I started this series reading #5, Gone, and was drawn to go back and start it from the beginning just to find out why Inspector Caffer ...more
Sian Wadey
The first Mo Hayder book I read was Birdman and I was hooked instantly, and can still remember parts of it in my head as clear as day
Skin although not the second in the series, was the next one I read. This time as well as DI Jack Caffery, we are joined by diver, Flea Marley.
The strength of Hayder's writing is what kept me going in this book. She writes suspense and excitement brilliantly and the twists and turns come thick and fast. The situation that Flea finds herself in was an unusual one a
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Lizzie Hayes
‘Skin’ by Mo Hayder
Published by Bantam Press, March 2009. ISBN 978-0-593-04807-8

Police Diver Sergeant Flea Marley of Avon and Somerset’s water research unit is diving in quarry number eight looking for the body of Lucy Mahoney who has been missing for three days. But the Major Crime Investigation Unit is busy turning the county of Somerset upside down trying to find celebrity Misty Kitson who has also vanished.

DI Jack Caffery, although part of the MCIU, is less concerned with finding Misty Kitso
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Maria
A morte misteriosa de Lucy Mahoney vai juntar novamente Flea Marley e o detective de crimes violentos Jack Caffery: um assassinato que se tentou fazer passar por suicídio. Mas algo naquela morte fez suspeitar, logo de início Caffery. Mais ainda quando o cão de Lucy é encontrado numa pedreira abandonada afogado e sem pele.

Depois, quando Susan Hopkins é encontrada morta, apresentando precisamente o mesmo método de Lucy, já não restam quaisquer dúvidas de crime.

Ao mesmo tempo, Flea vê-se a braços c
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Taracuda
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Lena
Dies war mein erstes Buch von Mo Hayder und da ich schon oft gelesen habe, dass „der Vogelmann“ so toll sein soll, und als ich dann über „Haut“ gestolpert bin, dachte ich mir, dass ich mal rein lese um zu schauen, wie und was die liebe Frau Hayder so schreibt.
Zum Schreibstil kann ich nicht viel sagen, es liest sich schnell weg und ist spannend, jedoch nichts besonderes.
Der Titel hat so gut wie gar nichts mit dem Inhalt zum tun und wer dieses Buch als Psychothriller betitelt, kann dieses Buch ni
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Barry
Skin by Mo Hayder is one of the Walking Man novels and, as such, it features old friends including Jack Caffery, a tough and very clever member of the Bath/Bristol Police Major Case Unit as well as Flea Marley, the Sergeant in charge of that police department's underwater recovery team. Both of these characters make interesting additions to the book as both have significant problems in their past as well as troubling current issues, so they are not one dimensional.

As is the case with most of Hay
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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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Other Books in the Series

Jack Caffery (7 books)
  • Birdman (Jack Caffery, #1)
  • The Treatment (Jack Caffery, #2)
  • Ritual (Jack Caffery, #3)
  • Gone (Jack Caffery, #5)
  • Poppet (Jack Caffery, #6)
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