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Publisher's Summary

The Maude is outside. It wants to come in. It wants to sit on your chest. The mentally ill patients in Amberly Secure Unit are highly suggestible. A hallucination can spread like a virus. When unexplained power cuts lead to a series of horrifying incidents, fear spreads from the inmates to the staff. Amidst the growing hysteria, AJ, a senior psychiatric nurse, is desperate to protect his charges.
Detective Inspector Jack Caffery is looking for the corpse of a missing woman. He knows all too well how it feels to fail to find a loved one’s body. When AJ seeks Caffery’s help in investigating the trouble at Amberly, each man must face a bitter truth in his own life. Before staring pure evil in the eye.
©2013 Mo Hayder (P)2013 Random House AudioGo
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By Angela on 04-13-13

Poppet Will Make Your Skin Crawl

If you could sum up Poppet in three words, what would they be?

Riveting, thrilling, creepy.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jack Caffrey because he is a good man but he has flaws. He is imperfect but moralistic, which sounds strange but it's a successful combination which works and makes him a 'real' character.

Have you listened to any of Jot Davies’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. I enjoy his work. He is easy to listen to and all his characters are distinguishable. His accents are excellent and you can get lost in his reading which is how it should be.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I would have loved to have had that luxury. As it was, it was the last thing I listened to before falling asleep and the first thing I reached for on waking up!

Any additional comments?

I did miss the 'Walking Man' as he is a powerful and wise character. I will wait in anticipation for Mo Hayder's next offering.

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By Saffy on 01-12-14

Gripping and terrifying

I loved Mo Hayder's early novels but have been so disappointed by the most recent ones that it took me a long time to decide to download this one. I am so glad that I did and cannot wait for the next Jack Caffrey. The beginning is so creepy and terrifying that I almost gave up listening but it is this creepiness that entices you in to the characters and the story. It is so excellently constructed that for most of the novel I really did not know where it was going and was constantly surprised. Unlike many current crime novels Hayder does not resort to cliches but uses plot and excellent characterisation to keep you listening. Jot Davies also narrates this excellently and I hope he continues to narrate the Caffrey series.

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By S on 04-07-13

Not for the faint hearted !

In her usual brilliant style another complex plot

With interesting and believable characters

Well researched and very very clever .

Adrenalin producing probably best not listened

To at night if you want to sleep !

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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