Book Review: The Treatment by Mo Hayder
October 30, 2012 18 Comments
The Treatment: What it is about
From the inside cover: “It is the middle of the summer in Brockwell Park, a pleasant residential area in London. Behind the placid facade of one house, a man and his wife lie tied up and imprisoned in their own home. When they are discovered, badly dehydrated and bearing the marks of a brutal beating, they reveal one final horror: Their young son has disappeared.
Called in to investigate, Jack Cafferty uses all the tricks of the forensic investigator’s trade to piece together the scanty clues at the crime scene. But the echoes of a heartrending disappearance in his own past make it almost impossible for him to view the crime with scientific detachment. As Jack digs deeper, attempting to hold his own life together as the disturbing parallels between past and present mount, the real nightmares begin.”
The Treatment: What I thought
This was my first thriller by Mo Hayder and it was very good. There was a sense of urgency all through the book because the reader knows a second crime is being committed. Will the police be on time to help the people involved?
Jack, the forensic investigator, is really not the ideal person for the job – his own brother disappeared many years ago and Jack has always suspected a local man who is considered a paedophile. I think in reality he would never have been allowed to work on the current case, so that was a little contrived, I thought. On the other hand, it made a nice parallel between the old and current story lines.
I also felt a little mislead regarding the identity of the kidnapper, but this was not a big problem for the enjoyment of reading the book.
Otherwise, this was a fantastic story that kept me on the edge of my seat all the time. I liked the details of the crime – for originality, that is. Also, the motivation behind the crime was very clever and original.
Rating: 5 (out of 5)
Number of pages: 358
First published: 2001
I got this book: from a book swap
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