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The Treatment

by Mo Hayder

Part of the Jack Caffery Series

Thriller and Suspense Crime and Mystery

LoveReading Expert Review of The Treatment

Hands down this is one of the best-plotted, most terrifying novels you’ll read.

I bought this for a flight back home from London and it so captivated me that I was literally the last person to stand up after we landed. Mo and I had to put up with the same type of crap when we started writing—interviewers asking us how we as women can write such brutal stories about women and children. When women write these sorts of stories, they’re categorized as “domestic thrillers.” When men write them, they’re marketed as evocatively capturing female rage (Mo Hayder: too angry and violent. Stig Larsson: evocatively captures female rage). Hands down this is one of the best-plotted, most terrifying novels you’ll read.

Selected by our Early Summer 2021 Guest Editor Karin Slaughter


The Treatment Synopsis

A quiet residential street in south London.

A husband and wife are discovered, imprisoned in their own home. Badly dehydrated, they've been bound and beaten. He is close to death. But worse is to come: their young son is missing.

When Detective Inspector Jack Caffery is called in to investigate, the similarities with events in his own past make it impossible for him to view this new crime dispassionately.

And as he digs deeper - as he attempts to hold his own life together in the face of ever more disturbing revelations about both his past and his present - the real nightmare begins ...

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780553820478
Publication date: 8th November 2008
Author: Mo Hayder
Publisher: Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group) an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 496 pages
Primary Genre Thriller and Suspense
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Mo Hayder Press Reviews

One of the most frightening books I've ever read... Hayder's gory insights into the dark side are compelling - GUARDIAN

Chilling... the book is surprisingly hard to put down. The plot develops with satisfying unpredictability; the characters are compellingly drawn... its final twist a bravura savagery - DAILY TELEGRAPH

Bleak, powerful... The Treatment is cleverly plotted and Caffery is a believable creation - OBSERVER

Mo Hayder's debut, Birdman, was deservedly an unqualified success... and Hayder has lost none of her descriptive expertise along the way - TIME OUT

There is no better example of a contemporary masterpiece than Mo Hayder's The Treatment. Whether she's exploring social issues such as homelessness and child abuse or just scaring the bejeezus out of you, Hayder spins a tale that feels like a razor slicing apart your soul. The plotting is extremely disciplined, the sort of structure to which all authors should aspire, and the story is a searing dark tale that makes you bolt up in bed during the middle of the night, wondering if that sound you heard was the cat, or Death dragging its sickle across the floor -- Karin Slaughter - SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

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ISBN: 9780553820478
Publication date: 08/11/2008
Format: Paperback

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About Mo Hayder

After leaving school at fifteen, Mo Hayder worked as a barmaid, security guard, film-maker, hostess in a Tokyo club, educational administrator and teacher of English as a foreign language in Asia. She has an MA in creative writing from Bath Spa University, where she now teaches. She is the author of Birdman, The Treatment, which won the 2001 WHSmith Thumping Good Read Award, and Tokyo, all published by Bantam Books.   In 2011 Mo Hayder was shortlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library, awarded to an author for a body of work.   Maxim Jakubowski's view on DI JACK CAFFERY... A ...

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