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Wolf: Jack Caffery series 7 [Format Kindle]

Mo Hayder

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"Hayder keeps you guessing adroitly - and has in Caffrey, a maverick cop so fascinatingly weird that he makes Ian Rankin's Rebus seems a stolid conformist" (Sunday Times, Culture)

"Builds to its mesmerising climax with a brilliantly paced sense of menace. Masterful" (Sunday Mirror)

Présentation de l'éditeur

I believe, from what I can hear, that either my daughter or my wife has just been attacked. I don't know the outcome. The house is silent.

Fourteen years ago two teenage lovers were brutally murdered in a patch of remote woodland. The prime suspect confessed to the crimes and was imprisoned.

Now, one family is still trying to put the memory of the killings behind them. But at their isolated hilltop house . . . the nightmare is about to return.

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  • Editeur : Transworld Digital (24 avril 2014)
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Mo Hayder est l'auteur de huit livres. Dès Birdman, son premier roman, elle a terrifié ses lecteurs. Si elle manie l'horreur avec talent, on ne peut limiter son oeuvre à cette dimension. En effet, ses personnages principaux vivent avec le poids d'un passé très lourd, victimes ou témoins de tragédies. Leur propre douleur leur permet d'affronter le Mal, mais leurs tourments sont réveillés par chaque affaire. Derrière des intrigues efficaces perce une émotion qui donne à ses romans un écho troublant. Elle a souvent été comparée à Thomas Harris pour sa peinture sans concession de la violence. Son roman Tokyo a été récompensé en France par le prix SNCF du polar en 2005 et le Grand Prix des lectrices de Elle en 2006.

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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Sadism and Torture 18 mars 2014
Par SandyCB - Publié sur
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This is the first book of Mo Hayder's that I've read, so I didn't know what to expect. I'm a fan of thrillers and detective fiction, some of it including significant amounts of graphic violence., There is some subject matter I just prefer to skip, however, because it is so disturbing that it makes me want to shower after reading it -- with all the doors locked and the lights on. The plot of this book involves a family held hostage in their own home. There is significant mental and physical torture, including the torture (but not death) of the family dog. Anticipation of pain and death occupies fully half the novel, and pedophilia is a theme as well. When the novel's plot involves Jack Caffery trying to solve the mystery the novel is interesting, but when the novel is housebound it was hard to read. I would not have finished it, in fact, had I not committed myself to writing a review. To the author's credit, the twist at the end is neatly developed throughout the novel, not just a surprise ending tacked on at the last minute. The bottom line is that in its way this is a well-written book that I wish I'd never read. Animal lovers are strongly cautioned.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 "I know because you and I? We are the same person." 4 avril 2014
Par Denise Crawford - Publié sur
This novel is the 7th in the Detective Jack Caffery series and it's a winner! Do not read this unless you have read the previous 6 books so that you get the full impact of the character of Jack and what all he has gone through to this point.

Super fantastic suspense thriller chiller -- this was so creepy and good that I could not bear to put the book down even to watch the Olympics last evening. I read it cover to cover, sitting down with it after dinner, and then finishing the last few words at nearly midnight.

The narrative is told from alternating points of view and involves several plot lines, some continuing from the beginning of the series as Jack wrestles with his personal demons while also trying to solve what, at first, seems to be the pointless exercise of finding the owners of a little dog that the Walking Man has been entrusted with. Jack only agrees to do this so that the Walking Man will tell him what happened to Jack's brother Ewan who disappeared from his London home when he was just a boy -- taken by a pedophile and never found.

Meanwhile, a wealthy family is battling terror as they are held hostage and tortured in their large secluded hilltop mansion - The Turrets. Oliver and Matilda Anchor-Ferrers, in their sixties, are spending a holiday in Somerset Mendips, down from their main residence in London, as he is recovering from valve replacement surgery. They've brought their daughter, Lucia, with them as she is back living with her parents after her latest failure in work and relationships. She's completely broken and has been in and out of therapy because of a horrible event that occurred 15 years prior -- the murder of a young couple in the woods nearby. The perpetrator, Minnet Kable, was found, confessed and is behind bars in a secure facility but Lucia will never recover from the trauma -- for the young murdered man had once been her boyfriend. Who are these men that have invaded their home and taken them prisoner -- what do they want?

The writing is fabulous and the reader feels the threat mounting. Trying, in vain, to figure out where this is going and why -- pointed first one way and then another. Impatient to get the answers, but relishing the way the author draws out the emotions as events spiral toward their eventual very perfect conclusion. What a great novel and I highly recommend it to anyone who has been following this series and to any reader wanting a suspense thriller that gives them shivers and just might interfere with a good night's sleep and give a haunting dream or two. This is so close to being a full 5 stars for me -- but that is a rating I only give books that live on in my mind long after I've turned the final pages. WOLF may end up being one of those, and if so, I'll adjust that later.

Series titles, in order:
The Treatment

Thank you to NetGalley and Atlantic Grove for the e-book ARC to review.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Well-written, unsavoury pulp... 13 mai 2014
Par FictionFan - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
Following heart surgery, Oliver Anchor-Ferrars is delighted to get down to his country house to relax and recuperate. He and his wife, Matilda, have brought their grownup daughter, Lucia, with them. Lucia has never recovered from the trauma of the murder of her ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend when she was young, and is back living with her parents after yet another job and relationship breakdown. But the country idyll is destroyed when two men come into their home, take the family captive and begin a long-drawn out episode of torture and humiliation...

Mo Hayder is one of those popular authors whose books are always billed as 'heart-stopping', 'pulse-racing', 'terrifying', etc. To be honest, I've always thought the blurbs make them look rather graphic, but decided it was time to at least try one. I rather wish I hadn't. I realise lots of people love Hayder and clearly in the end taste is always subjective. But while I felt there was some skill in the basic writing and pacing of the book, the plot, which started out fairly well, became increasingly inconsistent and unbelievable as the book wore on till, quite frankly, it reached the point of absurdity in the end. And I fear the repeated twists and turns played such havoc with the characterisation that by the end the only believable character in the house was Matilda - the rest had had their personalities so clumsily changed so often throughout the course of the book that they had lost all credibility.

The detective, DI Jack Caffrey, is of course an angst-ridden loner, damaged by his past - a maverick who in this book at least is working entirely outside the structure of the job on his own personal vendetta, hampered on occasion by his over-indulgence in alcohol. I find it hard to think how he could have been more clichéd.

I've ranted in previous reviews about the tendencies towards sleaze and graphic violence in today's crime fiction, so I'll spare us all the tirade. For the benefit of anyone new to Hayder trying to decide whether this book is for them, I will merely point out, as the blurb fails to, that this book contains physical and psychological torture, explicit descriptions of people's innards in various stages of putrefaction, episodes of graphic violence, scenes of animal cruelty, the obligatory naked woman sexual humiliation scene (with an imaginative twist, though - Hayder chooses to humiliate an elderly naked woman rather than the usual beautiful young girl - much more tasteful, eh?) and, although the use of foul language is sparing, it's also strong. Oh, and while we don't actually get treated to descriptions of paedophilia, the references are all there.

Since as far as I can see the book doesn't set out to be anything more substantial than entertainment, then it all comes down to whether the reader finds the subject matter entertaining. I didn't. In truth, I found it to be reasonably well written unsavoury pulp with an absurd plot, and am entirely untempted to read any more of Hayder's work.

NB This book was provided for review by the publisher, Random House Transworld.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 The Last Jack Book You Need to Read (and I'm using "Need" generously) 13 juillet 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur
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This is the last Mo Hayder book I'll be reading.

I've been reading Hayder since Birdman was published. I was really excited to find a woman who wrote hard-edged crime fiction without delving into rom-crom (sorry for that made up word, but you know what I mean - really a romance built around a crime of some kind. more Nancy Drew than Michael Connelly). I thought Birdman and The Treatment were two of the best crime books I'd ever read - linking Jack to Penderecki was gruesome and haunting, and the crimes themselves were gut wrenching (thinking The Treatment especially here). Hayder didn't hold back on any punches; she went straight for the kidneys and kept hitting until you were spitting up blood.


But now the whole Penderecki thing is just wrung dry. Jack has become a caricature: the hard drinking loner who would be fired in the real world for his on-the-job cowboying. Readers have known what happened to Ewan from a few books ago, so it's not really a spoiler. Let me just say that Jack finally finds out, and it's anticlimactic.

Also, while I'm at it, for one of the kidnappers to be completely inexperienced in the realities of crime work was implausible. And the father imagining a faceless Jack (as John) was just silly, and silly doesn't work in this kind of a book.

++++++++++++++++++NO FURTHER SPOILERS+++++++++++++++++++++++++++

I'm not interested in the secondary character with the stupid name (Flea - oh how edgy! is she 12?) as a romantic interest, and I'm definitely not interested in The Walking Man as more than a rarely-used device, so when I see references to him as "the xx book in The Walking Man series" it gives me the nopes.

This story was an interesting read, though you'll figure out the "twist" (which is overrated as a narrative technique). That doesn't make it less interesting, honestly. There's nothing wrong with working it out yourself; I don't expect an author to be a super-duper crime thinker-upper, and there's satisfaction to be had from solving it yourself, as long as you don't do it in the first 50 pages.

However, the writing is simply no longer compelling, and that's disappointing. At my age, I've given up reading for loyalty's sake. There's too many good books out there to read "just because."

If you're wondering about the "torture" that other reviewers have mentioned, from my perspective the dog isn't tortured (we have 6 animals that call us their humans if that helps) and while what happens to the family is horrifying *for them,* it was not horrifying to me as a reader. It was tame, really. So don't let those reviews hold you back if that has been an issue. I think most of those reviewers mentioned they have not read Hayder's earlier work.

If you're looking for more of the same (last several books), then this book will fit nicely into your collection. If you've been hoping that she's going to pull another gut-wrencher out of her writer's chest, that's not going to happen. I think Hayder has seen her heyday is a hard-hitting writer, and is falling into the formula and routine of a long-published series writer at this point.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Another fantastic book from one of my favorite crime writers 24 juillet 2014
Par MyBookishWays - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
Wolf begins with a couple who have lost track of their young daughter while picking flowers in the woods. When they find her, she mentions a dog (it’s always a dog), and a man (it’s always a man), and of course the dog is injured and won’t she help the poor man with his dog? But it’s not what you think, and later, as she cuddles her teddy, Buttons, safe in the car with her parents, the little girl thinks about the words that were on a bit of paper attached to the dog’s collar: “Help us.”

64 year old Oliver Anchor-Ferrers has just been through surgery to replace his heart valves, and as he contemplates his wife, Matilda, and his adult daughter, Lucia, he also contemplates his own mortality. They’ve come to their beautiful Victorian home they’ve named The Turrets, high on a hill in the Mendips, so that Oliver can recover from his surgery. Lucia is brooding, as usual. It seems she’s never recovered fully since her ex-boyfriend was brutally murdered 14 years ago, not too far from The Turrets, actually, by a madman named Minnet Kable. When Matilda finds something near the house that calls to mind that long ago crime, she’s understandably terrified, and when two men show up, claiming to be police investigating the death of a nearby woman, all hell breaks loose in the Anchor-Ferrers household, calling up old crimes and new vendettas.

Meanwhile, DI Jack Caffery has gone off the wire to investigate the long ago disappearance of his brother Ewan that has haunted him for so very long. A new lead has come up, and The Walking Man seems to have valuable info, but it comes at a price. The Walking Man wants Caffery to look into something, and suddenly, Caffery has in his possession a little dog named Bear that has two little words written on its collar.

Mo Hayder’s thrillers are never anything less than superb, and Wolf was a one sitting read for me. The narrative alternates between the events in the Turrets and Caffery’s infuriating search for Bear’s owners, which will of course lead him to this family that needs his help so desperately. The Anchor-Ferrers are being held hostage in their own home, and their captors have a very specific motive, but they’re taking their time revealing it to Oliver and his family. Ultimate fear is their goal, and for this family, their ordeal is just getting started. The scenes in The Turrets are nothing short of terrifying, and Hayder builds the dread slowly and carefully, layering in important clues along the way. Who are these men and what do they want with this family? For Jack, will The Walking Man’s information finally lead him to his brother’s killer, and if so, will it offer the relief he so desperately needs from a lifetime of agony? This one has so many twists and turns it will give you whiplash, more than a few surprises, and it’s relentlessly clever. Hayder never makes her characters one dimensional, and this includes the bad guys, so be prepared for quite a tense ride. I can’t wait for the next Caffery book.
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