Edgar winner and internationally best-selling author Mo Hayder returns with a terrifying thriller about the hunt for a homicidal mental patient
“Poppet . . . oozes sinisterness from the first page. . . . [Its] high-wire tension . . . never wavers.” Tina Jordan, Entertainment Weekly
978-0-8021-2108-0 • $15.00 • Paperback • Apr. 2014
“Mo Hayder has written some of the grisliest crime fiction in recent memory. . . . Nowhere is Hayder’s portrayal more nuanced and compelling than in Poppet. . . . A compelling mystery that will cause fans and new readers alike to ponder not just who did it, but why.” Paula L. Woods, Los Angeles Times
Poppet is Hayder at her most terrifying: a gripping novel set in a high-security mental health ward. Something is not right at Beechway psychiatric unit. First one resident turns violently to self-harm, then another to suicideboth recalcitrant patients with no prior history of self-directed violence. Rumor has it that the place is being terrorized by a creature called The Maude. Clinic higher-ups dismiss this as superstition, but the surviving victim certainly saw something. When staff Nurse AJ LeGrande calls on Detective Jack Caffery to investigate, what he learns about what’s going on inside and outside the hospital will shock him and place individuals beyond the ward walls in danger. And what of Flea Marley, the police diver whose dark secret Caffery has been keeping? Can he save her from herself, or will she take him down with her?