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The Treatment by Mo Hayder

The Treatment (original 2001; edition 2012)

by Mo Hayder

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Title:The Treatment
Authors:Mo Hayder
Info:Grove Press (2012), Paperback, 352 pages
Collections:Read but unowned

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The Treatment by Mo Hayder (2001)




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The most complete success of the Caffery novels. Even more so than with other of the Caffery novels, the subject murders are particularly difficult to take, as they involve an aggravated level of pedophilia. The murders themselves almost play as a back drop to Caffery's attempt to unravel the mystery of his brother, who was abducted when Caffery was a youth, and whose abduction Caffery felt personally responsible. With a poetic realism, Caffery just misses discovering his brother who is incredulously still alive, but in a damaged state, misreading his own gut instinct while having to rely on a sordid female creature to make the connection. This near miss captures the meanness of fortune and essential element of Caffery. I found Caffery's brother's solitary death in an abandoned RV to be crushing, but more honest than if he had been found. Although the crimes are hard to stomach and stretch the bounds of pleasure-reading; overall, this is a powerful book -- the most powerful in the series. ( )
  RDHawk6886 | Aug 18, 2013 |
This it the second novel featuring Detective Jack Caffery, however I haven’t read the first one. There are some references to the first, but there is also enough back story that you are not lost. I’m not sure if I’ll read Birdman but I have requested it from the library so we’ll see. This book opens with the imprisonment of a family and the abduction of their eight year son. Caffery’s brother was abducted at about the same age as this young boy, his brother was never found, the similarities in the event make this case difficult for Caffery since he has to try to solve the case and deal with his inner turmoil.

The way this book is written we know what the criminal is planning and even who the next victims will be, we don’t know who the criminal is. Although the story is primarily told from Jacks’s viewpoint, we also get glimpses of what is going on with other people, eventually all these little parts come together. The ending is ironic and heartbreaking, but inevitable considering the people involved.

I liked this book but I did not like the ending, however with the characters Mo Hayder has created any other ending would not have worked. It would have given the ending a thrown together feeling which many readers would object to. Since I don’t want to give anything away I will leave it at that.

There are some disturbing elements in this story, it deals with the sexual abuse of children and child pornography and child murder which may upset some people. I though the writing was good, even with the dark subject it was written in a way that did not sensationalize it. The author keeps the feeling and actions of the people realistic although there is one part that is a little unnerving. The plot is solid, there are many threads started which are woven together during the story so that by the end they are all wrapped up, and the characters stay true to their created personalities. The story takes place in England and so there were some expressions and procedures that were foreign to me but it was not enough to effect my enjoyment of the book. I would recommend this book, but please take note of the warning above. ( )
  BellaFoxx | Aug 14, 2013 |
Better than the 1st book of the series.... Will definitely pick up the next book. ( )
  pidgeon92 | Apr 1, 2013 |
This is the second hayder book I've read and I am impressed. Although some of the connections and the back story of the main character can be a little contrived the overall effect is very good. The treatment is a very engrossing story and despite its subject matter you always want to read on. The characters are identifiable and the whole story was played out at a speed hitch kept you interested without skirting any content. I think that many people would baulk at reading this book because of the subject matter but they would be missing out on an exciting read. I have to admit I may have been less likely to purchase the book had I known, but I just took a punt and was pleased I did.
The treatment is cruel and horrific and some or indeed pretty much all of the story is horrendous, gritty and shocking but it is handled in such a way that it is still very readable and enjoyable despite the content. The story is tense and thrilling and I think everyone would find it utterly exciting.
I will read some more of mo's books now and hope that I find myself equally engrossed by her other work. ( )
  cheefbadger | Apr 1, 2013 |
My blog post about this book is at this link. ( )
  SuziQoregon | Mar 31, 2013 |
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Toen het allemaal achter de rug was, moest inspecteur Jack Caffery van de South Londen Area Major Investigation Team (AMIT, de brigade ernstige delicten) bekennen dat hij van alles wat hij die bewolkte juli-avond in Brixton haf gezien het meest was aangeslagen door de kraaien
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Penzler Pick, November 2001: When Mo Hayder's first book, Birdman, was published last year, it caused a lot of talk in the industry. Nobody could deny that Hayder was a talented and formidable writer, but her serial killer was so repugnant to many readers that it was felt that only those blessed with the strongest stomachs could endure the entire book. Those who stayed with her ultimately agreed that they were rewarded with a deep and complex story from one of the best young writers around.

In Birdman, Hayder introduced us to her very troubled detective, Jack Caffery, and in The Treatment Caffery is back with very few of his problems solved. Alas, the case he is about to tackle will only make his job and his private life even more difficult. Called to a house which abuts Brockwell Park in South London, he finds Alek and Carmel Peach, prisoners in their own home and suffering from beatings and dehydration. Worse, their young son, 9- year-old Rory, is missing. When the boy is found dead, the trail seems cold and Caffery realizes he not only has another unspeakable murderer on the loose but also one who will tap into Caffery's own history and deepest conflicts.

While Caffery is trying to make sense of what went on at the Peaches' house, another couple and their son also have been imprisoned in their home. Time is running out for all of them, and we cannot help but read on anxiously as Caffery carefully puts the forensic evidence together and uses his knowledge of the darkest parts of the human mind to come up with the solution before it is too late.

While creating one of the most depraved villains in mystery fiction, Hayder packs a punch with an ending that is as shocking as it is inevitable. Beware! This is not for the faint-hearted. --Otto Penzler

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It is a perfect summer day in London's up-market Brockwell Park. Yet, behind the elegant facade of one house, a man and his wife have been taken prisoner in their own home and their young son has disappeared. But the final horror of their terrifying ordeal is still to be revealed. Called in to investigate, Detective Inspector Jack Caffery tries desperately to make sense of the meager clues found at the crime scene. But the echoes of a devastating disappearance of his young brother thirty years before make it impossible for him to view the crime objectively. And as Jack digs deeper, as the disturbing parallels between past and present mount, the real nightmares begin.… (more)

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