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The Treatment : A Novel [Mass Market Paperback]

Mo Hayder
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Read! April 12 2002
A few years ago, Mo Hayder shocked readers with her truly amazing debut effort Birdman. Her follow-up, The Treatment, reteams the reader with Jack Caffery, a London DI who once again finds himself on the trail of a sadistic killer. Only this time, the murders hit a little too close to home.
A man kidnaps an entire family and then performs horrible acts on them. Jack needs to find the killer before he takes over another family. But at the same time, Jack has to face his past. When he was younger, his older brother disappeared and was presumably kidnapped by one of Jack's neighbours. When this man dies, Jack is thrown back into his past and forced to come face to face with the demons that have been haunting him ever since his brother disappeared.
This is a very realistic thriller that will shock, excite and trouble you all at once. It is amazingly well written and it is very powerful in its realistic portrayal of human emotions and of violence. Though the book is often gory, the violence is written with tact and skill; the book has enough darkness to shock the reader but never repulses him. The plot is very intricate and full of believable twists and turns. You'll never be able to guess what's coming next.
Mo Hayder is the brightest new voice in the mystery/thriller field. I cannot wait to read her next book. There is no doubt in my mind that The Treatment will be the best mysetery of the year.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A merciless thriller Dec 1 2003
In the heat of the London summer, Mr and Mrs Peach are discovered imprisoned in their house in Brockwell Park. They have been bound and beaten and their son is missing. Jack Caffery is to investigate but the similarities to events in his own past make it difficult for him to consider this new crime with the necessary detachment. A nightmare is about to begin...
This novel by Mo Hayder is truly intense, even horrifying at times and certainly unforgettable, though nothing for the faint hearted!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A STUNNING PORTRAIT OF CRIME March 3 2002
By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER
British author Mo Hayder transfixed chiller fans with a stunning portrait of a psychopathic killer in her popular debut novel, "Birdman" (1999).
With "The Treatment" she turns her attention to pedophilia, and recounts villainy in stark forensic detail.
Jack Caffery, the jaded, street-wise detective from Hayder's previous work, returns to investigate a heinous crime which very much reminds him of an event in his own childhood.
It is a warm, beautiful summer in South London when a young couple, Alek and Carmel Peach, are found bound and near death in their home. They have been savagely beaten, but even more frightening is the disappearance of their young son, Rory.
Caffery pulls out all stops in his attempt to find the missing boy. The detective is torn as past memories and the present crime seem to converge in his mind.
When the child's butchered body is discovered, South London is turned upside down in an effort to locate the sadist capable of such an offense.
Grisly at times? Yes. Suspense filled and impossible to put down? Also yes. "The Treatment," a bestseller in England, will surely win more fans for Hayder in the colonies.
- Gail Cooke
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5.0 out of 5 stars I have not read such a realistic thriller. Ever. Feb. 19 2002
This book is simply one of the best thrillers i have ever read.
Mo Hayder is just so good at what she does it's amazing.
Her characterisations are immaculate, her characters believeable, her plots disturbingly realistic, etc etc.
Her writing is superbly dark.
The plot of this novel is very disturbing, very chilling. Even i winced once or twice at the motivations of the killer, and what he was making his victims do. And it's so realistic. That is perhaps why it is so disturbing. there is no "well, this is only fictio" factor. Everything struck home so well, she has the police procedure right down to the last detail, the psychology is spot on, the characters so so human and utterly believable.
Hayder is great at teasing the reader, at dangling the proverbial carrot in front their noses. It is full of near misses and what if's. The police "come close" to finding Rory Peach alive, they "almost" manage to save Ewan Caffery, the killer is "nearly" caught. However, she knows when not to overuse a plot device, and keeps it to the minimun, and ups the tension and hopelessness of the story with it.
Jack Caffery is a great character, very flawed, obsessed with his brothers disappearance so many years ago and the man next door who is convinced kidnapped and killed him. At the end of the last book, we saw him slip over the edge and willingly kill the serial killer, and manage to pass it off as an accident, but this time round he's back, and striving to make his life ok, and get rid of those demons by finding out once and for all what happened to his brother.
It is a great side-plot to the main storyline. One day a family are taken capture. The mother is chained up to a radiator, while the father and son are held somewhere else.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely riveting............ March 13 2002
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This is an excellent fast-paced mystery, extremely well-written and well-plotted. Hayder switches viewpoints from one person to another flawlessly and the many twists and turns keep the reader guessing to the end. I also read Birdman by the same author, which was a good book, but with The Treatment Hayder has really hit her stride! Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Suspenseful Reading
The Treatment is Mo Hayder's second book and continues with a new crime for detective Jack Caffrey to solve. Read more
Published on Oct. 17 2008 by Barbara
5.0 out of 5 stars Not All Trolls Live Under Bridges
This is the second book by Mo Hayder about Detective Inspector Jack Caffery. I think an early warning is due that, if you have not read 'Birdman,' you need to do so before opening... Read more
Published on May 29 2002 by Marc Ruby™
4.0 out of 5 stars Serious read
I just finished The Treatment, after just finishing Birdman. Reading Birdman made me go right out and buy The Treatment. Read more
Published on April 22 2002 by "drprime"
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!
One of the best reads ever! As with Mo Hayder's first book, this one is pretty graphic, but with a tense, taut, twisting storyline that can't be missed. This book packs a wallop. Read more
Published on April 9 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars better than Birdman!
If possible, this is a much better read than Birdman. I
don't agree that only the strong-of-heart can read Mo
Hayder. Read more
Published on April 7 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint-hearted!
This is one of the most riveting novels I've ever read - and also one of the most brutal. If you can stand the subject, you definitely won't be disappointed in either the quality... Read more
Published on March 11 2002 by Dianna Creech
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW.
I read The Birdman last summer. I loved it. So much so that I actually ordered The Treatment from England as sson as it came out. And I just reread the American printing. Read more
Published on March 6 2002 by J. Jordan
5.0 out of 5 stars More chilling than Hanibal Lecter
I couldn't put this book down but would have to walk away for brief moments to collect myself, the villain was so perfectly twisted. Can't wait to read Mo Hayder's next book. Read more
Published on March 5 2002 by Amy Westwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling!
(for obvious reasons I will not go into the plot)
Mo Hayder proves, once again, that reading her books before going to bed is definitely NOT clever. Read more
Published on Feb. 26 2002 by Tania
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