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Poppet

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POPPET by Mo Hayder

Poppet

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Mo Hayder
publisher:
Atlantic Monthly Press
genre:
Fiction

We gave it a B+

Dipping into Poppet when the house was silent and the rain was spattering against the windows probably wasn’t a good idea: The book oozes sinisterness from the first page. Some of the patients at Beechway, a psychiatric hospital, have begun to injure and even kill themselves in hideous ways, often while ranting that they’re being terrorized by an unseen creature. So the rattled night-nurse supervisor enlists veteran detective Jack Caffery. The plot meanders midway — a rarity for Hayder — but it’s mitigated by the book’s high-wire tension, which never wavers. B+

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