Category Archives: Mo Hayder

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.

Review: Birdman by Mo Hayder


Birdman
Birdman 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 for that 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 then 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.
Birdman”, well I have finally gotten to read the first story of the Jack Caffery series and I now have a better understanding of how he thinks and why he is the type of policeman he is.
Anyway let’s get to the book;
Greenwich, south-east London. The Met’s crack murder squad, AMIP, is called out by nervous CID detectives to a grim discovery. Five bodies, all young women, all ritualistically murdered and dumped on wasteland near the Dome. As each post-mortem reveals a singular, horrific signature linking the victims, officers realize that they are on the trail of that most dangerous offender: a sexual serial killer.

Detective Inspector Jack Caffery – young, driven, unshockable – finds himself facing both hostility within the force and echoes of his past in this, his first case with AMIP. Haunted by the memory of a death long ago, he employs every weapon forensic science can offer for he knows it is only a matter of time before this chaotic, sadistic killer strikes again.
`Birdman’ is a well written novel that is really dark and disconcerting; the first few pages do not show any restrain when relating in detailed descriptions of how five women were murdered. Mo Hayder uses this intense opening as the hook and it works very well, the speed of the story is outstanding with extremely first-class developments, especially the final one which made me once again think of Jack Caffery in a different light, you will of course have to read the book to see what I mean.
Skilfully written, riveting, poignant, and gruesome, I think that like me you won’t be able to put this down until it’s finished and the story will stay with you for quite some time after.

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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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