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The Treatment (Jack Caffery #2)

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  7,140 Ratings  ·  609 Reviews
Midsummer, and in an unassuming house on a quiet residential street on the edge of Brockwell Park in south London, a husband and wife are discovered. Badly dehydrated, they've been bound and beaten, the husband is close to death. But worse is to come: their young son is missing.

When DI Jack Caffery of the Met's AMIT squad is called in to investigate, the similarities to ev
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Paperback, 499 pages
Published 2005 by Bantam (first published 2001)
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Ted69 I would strongly suggest you read them in order - there is a significant sub-plot running through all the books and you would understand it better…moreI would strongly suggest you read them in order - there is a significant sub-plot running through all the books and you would understand it better going in order.(less)

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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
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Bill
Jun 07, 2011 Bill rated it it was amazing
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
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Michael
I am usually not a fan where the villain is an evil monster without much human elements or backstory to understand the path they are on. Such is the case here with its pedophile serial killer, but Hayder did a great job with the obsessive drive of her flawed hero, British detective Jack Caffery, and with the pacing and atmospherics of her presentation.

In the first book, we learned about how Jack is haunted by the disappearance of his brother when they were children and his frustration in failin
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Rick
Mar 04, 2015 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
Melanie
Dec 12, 2016 Melanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whew! This is a tense one!
This is the 2nd book in the series. I like how a couple story lines carried over from the 1st so we learn a bit more about Jack Caffrey.
The murder mystery in this one is very dark. Obviously, because it's about murder but moreso because of who the victims are. Not for everyone but i am looking forward to Jack's next case!
Karin Slaughter
Apr 07, 2014 Karin Slaughter rated it it was amazing
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
Fiona
May 22, 2012 Fiona rated it did not like it
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
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Wayne Barrett
Sep 29, 2016 Wayne Barrett rated it it was amazing

I've been looking forward to reading this book, especially after reading the first book in the series, 'The Birdman'. If it wasn't for trying to stay disciplined with my 'to read' stack, I could see myself going on a Mo Hayder binge. This is powerful stuff. I would have to read them back to back to make a fair judgement, but I think this may be better than Thomas Harris' Hannibal series.

I added this to my Halloween season list and though it is a crime novel, it is definitely a classic horror, m
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Rob
Jun 21, 2012 Rob rated it really liked it
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
Brenda
Dec 11, 2014 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.
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
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.
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Cátia Santos
Feb 07, 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
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Sunnie
Sep 04, 2012 Sunnie rated it it was ok
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
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Holly
3-3.5 stars

What kept me from giving this a higher rating were two things;
1. The fact that it took me a while to get into the story
2. The way she chose to wrap things up regarding the Ewan storyline.

I was not at all happy with the direction the Ewan storyline ended up going in. I thought it might have been an interesting twist, but the fact that she chose to end it the way she did? Nope. Not a fan. Yes, i suppose we were supposed to look at the literal ending of the book as something hopeful and
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Helen
May 31, 2011 Helen rated it it was amazing
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
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Janet
Sep 16, 2014 Janet rated it liked it
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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Pwrgrl
Apr 21, 2014 Pwrgrl rated it did not like it
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
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Paul
May 19, 2015 Paul rated it it was ok
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
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Michael
Nov 22, 2012 Michael rated it it was amazing
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
Best Crime Books & More
Mar 11, 2015 Best Crime Books & More rated it really liked it
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
Richard
Feb 25, 2012 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
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Cat
Dec 04, 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
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Victoria
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
nikolaos
Jul 06, 2016 nikolaos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ο Τζακ έχει μια ανοικτή ‘’πληγή’’ και συγκεκριμένα την εξαφάνιση του αδερφού του.
Ο γείτονας του δεν κάνει τίποτε άλλο από το ‘’ξύνει’’ συνεχώς αυτή τη πληγή .
Η υπόθεση που αναλαμβάνει η ομάδα του κάνει την πληγή αυτή να ‘’ματώσει’’.
Έτσι ο Τζακ ισορροπεί σε ένα τεντωμένο σκοινί: από την μία θέλει να εξιχνιάσει την υπόθεση , από την άλλη πιστεύει ότι μπορεί να βρει τι ακριβώς απέγινε ο αδερφός του, ενώ και η σχέση του βρίσκεται σε διαρκή ένταση καθώς και η Ρεμπέκα είναι κυνηγημένη από τους δικούς
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Midhat
Jul 17, 2013 Midhat rated it did not like it
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
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Πάνος Τουρλής
«Η σιωπή των δέντρων» (στα αγγλικά ο πρωτότυπος τίτλος είναι «The treatment», δηλαδή «Η θεραπεία») κυκλοφόρησε το 2001 αλλά μεταφράστηκε στη γλώσσα μας μόλις φέτος. Και πραγματικά είναι τόσο καλογραμμένο, γεμάτο αγωνία και ανατροπές, οπότε ταιριάζει άνετα με τις κλειστοφοβικές ατμόσφαιρες της σημερινής ευρωπαϊκής κυρίως αστυνομικής λογοτεχνίας. Είναι ένα κείμενο ανατριχιαστικό, εμετικό, ωμό, σοκαριστικό, που πολλές φορές με ανάγκαζε να κλείνω το βιβλίο ή να πετάγομαι από τη θέση μου, δείχνοντάς ...more
L
Feb 16, 2015 L rated it really liked it
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
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John Wiske
Oct 26, 2011 John Wiske rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Siobhan
Oct 24, 2014 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
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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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