Edgar Award-winning and internationally best-selling author Mo Hayder returns with a terrifying thriller set in a high-security mental health ward.
Mo Hayder is renowned for conjuring nightmares that sink under the skin, and in Poppet she has delivered a taut, unbearably suspenseful novel that will not let readers go. Something is not right at Beechway psychiatric unit. First one resident turns violently to self-harm, then another to suicide—both recalcitrant patients with no prior history of self-directed violence. Whispers between the inmates have traveled to the staff that the place is being terrorized by a creature called The Maude. Clinic higher-ups dismiss this as superstition, but the surviving victim certainly saw something. Staff nurse AJ LeGrande calls on Detective Jack Caffery to investigate. And what of the drawing the dead woman left behind, showing the creature wearing the sweater of a recently released patient? Seamlessly plotted and profoundly chilling, Poppet will keep readers glued to the page long after lights out.
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