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The Treatment (Jack Caffery #2)

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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
Paperback, 499 pages
Published 2005 by Bantam (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
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
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.
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
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 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
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
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
I put this on my horror shelf. Yes, my horror shelf because the content of this book can easily be described as horrific, or horrifying, with one word: pedophilia. Books about rape or genocide make me cringe, but pedophilia churns my stomach and makes my skin crawl. And this book, this well-written police procedural about a fucked up police detective and this fucked up case, has left me at a loss for words.

This is a great series, but the reader needs an strong stomach and an iron constitution to
Feb 18, 2015 L rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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

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
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
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
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
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
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
Ingrid Fasquelle
Fille d'universitaires anglais, Mo Hayder est née à Londres. À 16 ans, en 1978, elle quitte brutalement sa famille et exerce divers petits emplois avant de partir au Japon à l'âge de 25 ans où elle réside pendant deux ans. Attirée par le cinéma d'animation, elle s'installe à Los Angeles, mais la violence de ses réalisations lui interdit tout espoir de large diffusion. De retour en Grande-Bretagne, Mo Hayder décide alors de se consacrer à l'écriture. Elle fait ses débuts en 2000, avec Birdman, un ...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
I was excited to read this because of how brilliant Birdman was, but while Mo Hayder still proves herself a wonderful writer, The Treatment was nowhere near as polished as her debut.

Hayder writes about gruelling and voyeuristic subjects. I felt she managed to remain respectful in Birdman, but in The Treatment her protagonists simply didn't show enough care or empathy for the victims. I recognise that she is deemed a realistic writer, however as the act of writing a novel is to provide entertainm
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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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