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Skin (Jack Caffery #4)

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  3,562 ratings  ·  274 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
ebook, 384 pages
Published March 26th 2009 (first published 2009)
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My least favourite of the Jack Caffery series so far. Thus, this three stars are, in fact, two and a half rounded up.

'Skin' takes place a few days after the events described in the previous book, 'Ritual'. It's dark and macabre, as a Mo Hayder book it's supposed to be, but this time it didn't feel as usual.

I had some difficulties in getting into the story. For me, the beginning of this book is a bit too jumbled for my taste, and it wasn't easy to follow. Again, some of my difficulties had to do
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
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
Heather Fineisen
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.
Nick Reys
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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
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
My mind tended to wander a little while reading this book. I think it was partly due to the writing itself. There were some paragraphs that I couldn't understand, had to re-read, look up British slang, or just move on. The writing seemed erratic and disjointed, so it confused me a little, then later I got the gist. This book picks up a week after the previous book, Ritual, ends, and it leaves us with a cliffhanger. The book entails Caffery and Flea doing their things, suicides, murders, and one ...more
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.
This is a brilliant addition to the Jack Caffery series, if only for all the wrong reasons.

In terms of the grand storyline across the series this is a really important book. I adored where everything was heading. In fact, this book turned my view of Flea completely around – in Ritual I had hated her character yet in Skin I realised just how brilliant she actually is. So yeah, this is a wonderful book for where the rest of the series is heading and brings together so many different elements that
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
Joanna Reed
I feel I am being generous when offering this book 3 stars. I was looking forward to reading this following on from Ritual and seeing how Flea and Caffery's relationship might develop and unfortunately their interaction was ltd. You also got the impression that this was going to continue with the Tokoloshe which in a way it did but with a real lack of depth. It seemed like Mo had changed her mind half way through the book and their story lines although weirdly crossing over they seemed very remo ...more
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
Minty McBunny
I do not understand what is going on with this series. The first two books were excellent, the third was a bit of a disappointment, but this one was just awful. By far the worst of the series (so far, I am almost afraid to to move forward). Flea's actions were immoral and illegal and downright stupid, Jack's were ignorant and completely not in keeping with what we're supposed to believe of him. The coincidence of Ruth being a victim of the killer Caffrey is stalking as well as a witness to the a ...more
Gail Mchugh
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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
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
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
First Jack Caffery I have read - maybe I should have started at the beginning? I struggled to get through this, and I found Flea's behavior inexplicable and hard to sympathise with. It is not badly written at all, and the characters are reasonably well drawn but, all in all, a forgettable read and I doubt I shall be looking to read more in the series.
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.


Ottimo, agghiacciante romanzo che non risparmia, durante la narrazione, dettagli truculenti e descrizioni a livello scientifico. È come stare in prima persona sulla scena del crimine. Ottimo il giallo poliziesco di MO HAYDER, che vede in azione, senza mai collaborare veramente, il detective Jack Caffery e la poliziotta, specializzata in immersioni subacquee, Frea Marley.
"Forse parla qualcuno che è stato scelto dalla morte."
Entrambi i protagonisti, di cui osserviamo le vite, private e l
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!
Milla Diaz
The plot's straightforwardness and decreased amounts of violence still separate it from the first books in the series, but it is still a quick read, with some fast pacing. I liked the plot about Flea & Misty the most.
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.
This read didn't go quite as I planned... Having borrowed several Mo Hayder audio books from the library I was looking forward to listening to them on my way to work. Sadly when I started on The Treatment the first disc was completely ruined and I didn't want to listen to the rest when I missed out on the beginning of the book. So I started on Skin. That was a mistake, as it keeps referring to the previous book quite a lot. So I would definitely recommend you read The Treatment before starting t ...more
I don't even know where to begin this review. This is the 4th book following Detective Jack Caffrey and part of me isn't even sure why I keep reading these. Another part can't stop reading about him. So let me start by saying this book has its flaws. There are two main plots, one involving Jack and one involving Flea Marley (introduced in Book 3, Ritual) and some of the ways the two plots tie together are ridiculous and hard to swallow. The plots themselves aren't even that well thought out or w ...more

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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Ruth Brooker
I like JC, I like Flea, I enjoy Mo Hayder's books and since discovering her through iBooks, I have bought her books one after another. This fourth installment, however, left me slightly confused. I have bought the next one but haven't been able to start it as I need to put the pieces in order in my head first!
Lots of ghoulish, claustrophobic writing that totally creeped me out (in a good way) and made me want to pick up the book as soon as I woke up, having fallen asleep reading it.
An enjoyable
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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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