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Gone (Jack Caffery #5)

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November in the West Country.

Evening is closing in as murder detective Jack Caffery arrives to interview the victim of a car-jacking.

He's dealt with routine car-thefts before, but this one is different. This car was taken by force. And on the back seat was a passenger. An eleven-year-old girl. Who is still missing.

Before long the jacker starts to communicate with the
Paperback, 416 pages
Published February 4th 2010 by Bantam Press (first published 2010)
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Easily the best of Mo Hayder's Jack Caffery thriller/police procedural series (at least through books #1-5), Gone (the fifth installment) simultaneously amps up the creep-out factor while dialing back the gore a few notches. Ms. Hayder's end-product is is truly an unputdownable nail-biter that has cemented my opinion of her craft.

A huge caveat to the Hayder-uninitiated: this series must be read in order for maximum enjoyment. There are a few evolving back stories (involving Inspector Jack Caffer
Jun 08, 2011 Carol rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of fast paced, gritty thrillers.
Recommended to Carol by: library patron
Shelves: fiction
Yesterday, I was almost finished with Gone, you know at the point where everything is coming to a head and wrapping up. I was so bummed that I had to go to work. Now, I’m really a good employee, rarely sick and hardly ever take time off, but boy was I tempted to call in, stay home and finish this edge of your seat thriller. Reason won out and I convinced myself that when I got home at nine, I could finish Gone and that anticipation would just make it better. I suppose I could have brought it to ...more
Trev Twinem
What is it about crime writers that they just do not seem to be able to keep me the reader entertained for the complete read??? I have read all Mo Hayder's books and even enjoyed the stand alone's ie Pig Island...but here in this read we have a real dilemma..:(( The first 300 pages is enjoyable and the plot/storyline is a little different...and our two heroes Caffery and Flea are once again on the case. I particularly enjoy "The Walking Man" which in essence is a "sounding board" for Caffery, a ...more
Sharon Bolton
One Friday evening, close to Christmas, when my son was a few months old, I pushed his buggy back to the car park on the edge of town where I’d parked hours earlier. We were completely alone, no one in sight, no residential houses, just empty office blocks, fields and a churchyard. It struck me, in that moment, how utterly vulnerable women with young children are. Had I been attacked, I would have been helpless, unable to run and leave my son behind, incapable of fighting back and risking him co ...more
Gone by Mo Hayder is so good I read it practically at one sitting. I kept thinking, "I need to savor this because I might not find another book I enjoy as much." But, I just kept reading until I finished. She is the author of six other books and I will definitely be checking them out. Okay, now for the review.
The protagonist is Inspector Jack Caffery Of Bristol's Crime Investigation Unit. The plot begins with Jack looking at video of a carjacking. A man wearing a rubber Santa Claus mask rushed
GONE. (2010). Mo Hayder. ****.
This is the first of Ms. Hayder’s books I’ve read, and I was impressed. She writes a good thriller/police procedural with almost pitch-perfect pacing. I admit that I identified the killer early on, since the author left you almost no alternatives when spinning out her narrative, but that was OK. The story follows detective Jack Caffery and policewoman Flea Marley on their investigation of a carjacker who manages to lead them on a mery chase. What makes the carjacke
How did I not know about this author before? Very dark, similar to Stephen Booth's Cooper & Fry series (although Jack Cafferty nothing like Ben Cooper).

There's an odd carjacking: a man in a Santa mask performs a seemingly opportunistic jacking, not realizing that there's a little girl in the back of the car. In these cases, the child is usually returned (well, released) rather quickly... except this doesn't seem to be "these cases" and Martha hasn't been released quickly. Cafferty and team
Reading this book was at times a trial for me. I've not been sleeping well, and would find myself falling asleep during this book. I'd wake up a few minutes later, look back at what I'd read, continue on, and fall asleep again. In the middle of the morning, and in the middle of the afternoon. I was just too tired to pay attention to all the details. It's not entirely my fault, though. About the book, I mean. There were times I thought the book could have been shortened a little. All the time spe ...more
Usually when I figure out the bad guy too early on in a book, it annoys me, and I rarely enjoy the rest of the novel. This time, there were so many twists and turns that I started to doubt myself, and when all was revealed, I had a very satisfying "AHA! I told you so!" moment, made all the better for having had that doubt throughout the book.

This was my first Mo Hayder book, but I can promise you, it will not be my last. The characters were so very real to me; it felt like I could almost sit dow
Man, I really love Mo Hayder for Birdman and The Treatment. Since then, it's been a bit of a struggle to continue the relationship.
It was almost over for me with Ritual. She had introduced a new character, Flea, who I couldn't give a toss over because I had resented her taking the storyline away from Cafferty's personal story.
Then Poppet came out to wide appeal.

So I'm two books behind Poppet and remembering the first two books, and...well I can't ignore what we had and I should really give her a
Mo Hayder has been writing for ten years and it shows. Her latest book “Gone”, her eighth and fifth to feature Bristol Detective Inspector Jack Caffrey, is a rollercoaster of a whodunit. Frightening at times the narrative exudes a thrilling quality that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final pages.

Set in the West Country Jack Caffrey, lead detective in the MCIU, (Major Crime Investigation Unit) is called in to investigate a seemingly random carjacking. However it soon becomes evi
Jun 21, 2012 L rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: mystery
This is, as promised, a nail-biter of a thriller. As it raced to its conclusion, I couldn't help reading into the wee hours, heart pounding. So why only 3 stars? Well, the characters, while solid enough, are mostly predictable and the key female investigator, Flea, does a quite predictable, quite risky stupid thing. She is also up to her neck in a very serious cover-up. Apparently this is supposed to make her "human" to the reader. For me, it makes her, despite her skill, a completely crooked, s ...more
Milla Diaz
I suspected who the culprit was early on but still could not put it down from the moment I started. Keeps you on your toes with all the many twists and turns.
Gone is such a complex book to review.

Let me start by saying it is my favourite in the Jack Caffery series. Mo Hayder usually goes for the unique ideas when it comes to the criminal aspect of her novels, but with this one she takes something that has been done before. However, with Mo Hayder behind the wheel things are a million times creepier than when written by other authors. I adore where she went with this, how she went around the idea. It truly is a brilliant novel in that respect.

The prob
Colin Barnes
I'd probably have given this a 3.5 star if the option was there. I did enjoy the book in general, but there were just a few niggles for me.

Firstly, I thought it went on just a little bit too long. By the time we knew who the kidnapper was, I felt it took a while to wrap up, and it seemed to carry on when the emotional climax had passed some time previously. Aside that, my main quibble was that I thought some of the plot points hung on the ineptitude of the police force.

I'm sure in real life thi
Mike Dixon
Gone is the fifth in the Jack Caffery series and is about missing children. They have been abducted by an unknown person whose motives are far from obvious. Tracking him down becomes an obsession for Jack and he pursues it with his usual determination.
My wife is a Mo Hayder fan and she challenged me to read the book. She knows I get irritated when novelists write about subjects they don't understand and get the facts wrong.
Gone has some dramatic underground/underwater scenes. I used to work in t
What a fun read! I have read dark and twisty mysteries (Gone Girl) and subtle, psychological crime fiction (the books of Norwegian writer Karin Fossum being a perfect example). "Gone" by Mo Hayder is another style of crime novel altogether. I suppose I'd never read a true thriller, because "Gone" is possibly the most suspenseful, unputdownable, page-turner of a ride I have read to date. Thank goodness this book won a much-deserved Edgar award, or I might never have discovered this author. Mo Hay ...more
I don't know. Maybe I read too many mysteries. (BLASPHEMY!) But I couldn't quite finish this one. A little over 100 pages to go and I just chucked it. What's the problem? 1) No humor. NONE. Just tortured, flawed people which is FINE. It's a staple of the genre. I get it. But MAN it gets old after a while. And you can be dark and still allow us a few light moments. Pacing! 2) All the descriptions of Flea puttering around boats and underground caverns and blah blah. I get that as a scene these pla ...more
Elizabeth Scott
Brilliant, sharp, with wonderfully drawn characters. I LOVE UK thrillers--they take something that is sensationalistic and run with it, but then twist and turn and shape it until you're left saying "oh. OH!" I also love that the main character, Jack Caffery (who has apparently been in other books by Hayder), didn't feel like a "And this is the hero and here is his backstory and now he will save the day by doing a, b, and then c"--I had no idea he was in other books by Hayder till I looked up wha ...more
Alexandra Sokoloff
How do I love Mo Hayder? Let me count the ways...

No, I don't have anywhere near enough time to count the ways but I've read this one three times, now. I keep trying to read other things on my shelf and keep finding myself picking this one up again, getting hooked and racing through the whole thing. I rarely read series but I love her DI Jack Caffery, and this case is a real nail-biter (but not as agonizing as her brilliant but nearly unbearably horrific THE TREATMENT). There's one trope in it th
Barbara ★
I thoroughly enjoyed The Treatment but this one was a real slow starter that just couldn't keep my attention. It isn't until almost halfway through before the action finally picks up and had me riveted to the pages. Like other readers, I figured out who the bad guy was early on. The mystery to me was why which is why I kept reading until all the secrets were revealed.

Once again, the British slang/idioms were very distracting and I think part of my issue with this book was that I had trouble fig
I like to think I'm well read when it comes to British novels of mystery and suspense, but Gone by Mo Hayder has me realizing I've still got a lot more to go. This is my first book by Ms. Hayder and what a fantastic story. I have really been missing out on this series and her writings. For me, this is one of those books where late at night I would say to myself "just one more quick chapter before I put this down for the night". Quite a page-turner. Yes, as someone else reviewed, I knew "who did ...more
After reading Ritual I somehow managed to inadvertently bypass Skin, book 4, and went straight to Gone. Honestly, don't know how it happened??!!!

Ritual for me wasn't a great read but Mo Hayder is thankfully back on form with this one. What appears to be a straightforward case of child kidnapping for protagonist, Jack Caffery, turns into something much more unexpected. The perpetrator always seems to be more than one step ahead and is cleverly giving everyone the runaround and then some, which b
For once, it would be nice to read about a detective who is not on the brink of depression, self-destructing with junk food/alcohol/meaningless relationships, and so absorbed by his/her own, normally self-inflicted, problems that it's a miracle he/she can solve even the simplest case. It would also be nice to read about a female member of the police force who actually has it together and is able to function in the real world, who is competent without being trapped into a stereotype of emotional ...more
Lance Greenfield
Not too many people will argue with me when I say that Mo Hayder writes gripping thrillers. This, in my opinion, is her best so far, of the ones that I've read, anyway.

Before I go any further, please heed my warning that you really should read Skin before you pick up Gone. There are references in Gone, which will spoil your reading of Skin if you read them the wrong way round.

This story begins with a car-jacking. The perpetrator appears to have overlooked the child who was strapped in the back s
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: Mo Hayder ... new book ... nothing more to say.

This is an all-nighter police procedural that has Jack Caffery on the case of a supposed carjacker who takes a car with a girl in the back seat. The girl is not found and the realization is made that he didn't want the car but the girl. Then it happens again. Another car, another girl, this time much younger. With statistics showing that child abductors kill their victims sooner than later, the team is on a race against time. Fle
I get audio books from the the library to help pass the time on the daily commute. When I find myself sitting in the car in the driveway 15 minutes after arriving home because I am totally caught up in the story and need to know what happens next then I know I have picked a good story. When I borrowed this audiobook I didn't realise it was part of a series but that didn't matter the story works as a stand alone book, although I now want to go and get all the other books in the series.

DI Jack Caf
Mark Stevens
One line of Gone sums it up: “Everything about this case had the dank, fetid smell of defeat about it.” The case does get fetid, almost quite literally. A simple case of a missing girl gets big and messy. Mo Hayder’s writing that is appealing, organic and down to earth. She is telling a story. Gone is 99 percent story, 1 percent flash.

I didn’t have the back story of Detective Jack Caffrey and diver Sergeant Flea Marley, but Hayder lets us in on their secrets (and there is one especially dark on
Nick Reys
Even the most avid genre reader has the urge to branch out every now and again, and since I was two books behind on Mo Hayder’s offerings, it was time for a little trip to the local library. Ever since I read Birdman and The Treatment back in 2009, I’ve been fascinated with her writings, especially the Jack Caffrey series, seeing as her two previous stand alones, Pig Island and Tokio, weren’t much to my liking. The last Caffrey I read – Skin – was, however, a bit of a letdown. Upon reading the b ...more
Jerome Parisse
I recently reviewed The Devil of Nanking, by Mo Hayder, which I loved. Gone is a bit different, it is part of a series featuring Jack Caffery, a murder detective; however it is great as a standalone book as well. I really liked it. Hayder is a great writer of thrillers. She keeps you on edge all the way, and you honestly don't know who's done it until the very end. Her books are scary. In Gone, a car is stolen with a girl sitting in the back. What initially looks like a car jacking turns out to ...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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Jack Caffery (7 books)
  • Birdman (Jack Caffery, #1)
  • The Treatment (Jack Caffery, #2)
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  • Skin (Jack Caffery, #4)
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