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'Hayder has a profound ability to shock and surprise her readers.' Karin Slaughter
The Maude is outside.
It wants to come in.
It wants to sit on your chest.
The patients at Beechway High Secure Unit are terrified. Unexplained power cuts have lead to a series of horrifying incidents. And now fear has spread from the inmates to the staff.
DI Jack Caffery is called to investigate, whilst working the most impossible case of his life. Will he be able to stare pure evil in the eye, and survive?
Readers are gripped by Poppet:
***** 'Full of twists, turns and lots of tension . . . deliciously dark and creepy.'
***** 'Completely compulsive reading . . . gritty and often shocking.'
***** 'Poppet had the hairs on the back of my neck standing up from the very beginning.'
In Edgar-winner Hayder's enthralling sixth thriller featuring Det. Insp. Jack Caffery of the Bristol Major Crime Investigation Team (after 2010's Gone), Caffery stubbornly clings to a missing person case as he gets drawn into fatal abuses at Beechway High Secure Unit, a psychiatric hospital. Jacqui Kitson is pressing the police to find her grown daughter, Misty, a model who disappeared a year-and-a-half earlier. Caffery knows what happened to Misty, but he's protecting someone, an unusual stance that plays out in tantalizing fashion. Strange events are unfolding at Beechway, where belief in a monster called "The Maude" is growing among increasingly hysterical patients and staff members. A patient who goes missing is eventually discovered buried nearby. Another dies after self-harming, while a third gouges out his eye. When a severely disturbed patient is released, the terror spreads from hospital to village. Hayder's sharply drawn characters, major and minor, and her psychological acumen combine for a frightening and convincing read.