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The Treatment : A Novel [Mass Market Paperback]

Mo Hayder
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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 Great Suspenseful Reading Oct. 17 2008
By Barbara TOP 500 REVIEWER
The Treatment is Mo Hayder's second book and continues with a new crime for detective Jack Caffrey to solve. The book is excellent, suspenseful and wonderfully crafted to keep you reading and reading. It does carry through with a crime from Jack's past mentioned in her first book The Birdman (equally excellent). I found the detail in The Treatment very realistic and scary to read. Of course that just made it better reading. The Treatment does stand alone as a story but to really appreciate all the characters and the story, read them both. The Birdman is the first book.
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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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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 Not All Trolls Live Under Bridges May 29 2002
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 'The Treatment.' The stories overlap themes and characters extensively. This isn't a bad thing, and if you don't like 'Birdman', you will definitely not like 'The Treatment' one bit. The reverse, of course, is equally true.
Caffery is in the midst of a troubled relationship with Rebecca Morant, the artist he rescued in 'Birdman' and still deeply haunted by the memory of his brother Ewan, who disappeared some 20 years before. Jack knows who kidnapped Ewan, but has never been able to find enough proof. To this day Caffery has no idea if Ewan is alive or dead.
The horror starts with the discovery of the Peach family, has been held captive in their house and their son molested. When the police arrive at the scene the pedophile has made his escape, with Rory Peach in hand. He seems to vanish in the night. The hopeless hunt for Rory brings up all of Caffery's feelings about Ewan. Driven by his own guilt he is always in danger of taking one step too far.
Caffery comes to believe that another family is being victimized even though the police believe they have a suspect. This puts him at odds with Rebecca and with Chief Inspector Daniella Souness. However, he is determined to follow every path, discovering not only a web of pedophiles but clues to Ewan's disappearance as well. This story does not let up to the very end, with every turn something new and grim turns up.
Hayder's characters are spectacular. She manages to let you into the heads of many without ever disturbing the narrative viewpoint enough to lose focus. Plot, action, setting and character, the vital ingredients are all there. Be warned that this is rough ride - take my advice and don't start it at night.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint-hearted! March 11 2002
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 of the writing or the believability of the characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More chilling than Hanibal Lecter March 5 2002
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. Definately worth the read if you like twisted plots and constant concern for the antagonist.
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