Review: The Treatment by Mo Hayder

The Treatment
The Treatment by Mo Hayder
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I don’t remember when I started to read the Jack Caffery stories by Mo Hayder what I do remember is thinking wow! What terrific dark and frightening stories these are, I like Mo Hayder’s style of story weaving and the reality is she is not afraid to engage in topics that many people would rather not read about and yes I know I have read most of them out of series order, I’m still blaming Maureen because in one day in May of this year when I was laid up, she brought home from the library “Ritual”, “Skin”, and “Gone” so I only have a couple more to read I will get to writing down my thoughts on all the others at some time.
I like Mo Hayder’s writing and the reality of them shows that she is not worried about dealing with subject matter that many readers who would rather not read about, in truth, her narratives border on the horror genre and “The Treatment” is no different.
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, imprisoned in their own home. Badly dehydrated, they’ve been bound and beaten, and 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 events in his own past make it impossible for him to view this new crime with the necessary detachment. And as Jack digs deeper, as he attempts to hold his own life together in the face of ever more disturbing revelations about both the past and the present, the real nightmare begins…Horrifying, unforgettable, intense, The Treatment is a novel that touches the raw nerve of our darkest imaginings.
Mo Hayder’s prose and cast in the books are realistic; Detective Jack Caffery is still searching for what happened to his brother Ewan many years ago, his despondent girlfriend Rebecca is up and down, Caffery’s boss Souness, a memorable lesbian, and the loathsome Tracey, sister of a paedophile are all sincere personas.
It was to a certain extent not easy to keep reading at times owing to the intensely distressing spirit of the crimes committed against children it was frightening and dark and I just could not put it down.
However the story line has so many twists and turns, the tension was just about excruciating at times and yet I couldn’t stop reading it, if they ever make this into a movie, big screen or TV it will be a box-office smash.
The Jack Caffery series of books are excellent and I cannot recommend them enough the stories are everything you could want from a murder/mystery thriller.

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