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In an unassuming house, on 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. Worse still, their young son is missing. When DI Jack Caffery of the Met’s AMIT squad is called in to investigate, the similarities to events in his own past make it impossible for him to view this new crime with the necessary detachment. As Jack attempts to hold his own life together in the face of ever more disturbing revelations, the real nightmare begins….

Horrifying, unforgettable, and intense, The Treatment is a novel that touches the raw nerve of our darkest imaginings.

©2011 Mo Hayder (P)2003 Isis Publishing Ltd

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"Hayder’s gory insights into the dark side are compelling." (Guardian)

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Great writing, but beware visceral violence

Mo Hayder is a considered detailed and really quite amazing genre writer. But in my view her stories are extremely violent, dark, disturbing and viscerally distressing. Not unlike JK Rowling's descriptions in The Silk Worm where the violence is alarming troubling and upsetting.

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  • GORDON
  • 10-09-12

very good sequel to "birdman"

i bought this book after finishing bridman and i was not disappointed.



again, well-paced and excellent narration, and the primary topic is difficult to comprehend (i'm saying no more to avoid spoiling).



i would certainly recommend (for reference, i like robert crais (my favourite), steven dunne, christopher fowler, 'the killing' was immense, and nesbo's 'headbunters'.)



as i noted on my review of "birdman" i've now gone for "tokyo" as the reviews for the other jack caffery novels don't praise the (different) narrator.

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  • Christopher
  • 01-10-13

Far too long

I enjoyed this book to a certain extent, but the explicit references to paedaphilia & sometimes quite graphic, was, I felt, not needed so much.. We got the idea what it was about at the beginning of the book. The book, in my mind was far too long & drawn out with the the narrator droning on & on, & I really felt I wanted him to hurry up a bit. Such a shame as I thought this would be a good buy....

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  • HLGreenan
  • 10-12-17

Fantastic

I couldn’t stop listening. Its a great (horrible) compelling story.
Good characters
Awful Scottish accent though, It felt quite comedic
And i know the subject matter is horrendous but i must say the amount of phlegm talk was , for me, quite stomach turning!

All in all a great story.

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  • s martin
  • 08-27-17

Super Story, dodgy accent

Where does The Treatment rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Great story line, kept me hooked to the last page. My only issue with the performance was the accent of Souness. No idea where she is supposed to have lived, the accent appears to have originated in the Dick Van Dyke School of Elocution

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  • Lee H.
  • 07-10-17

Wow

uncomfortable at times but outstanding and a great listen.
really like damien as a narrator. can't wait for the next one

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-05-17

gripping

brilliant, dark, disturbing. Only one complaint: the narrator's Scottish accent is truly dreadful. Shame, otherwise fantastic.

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  • carmen
  • 09-03-15

A must read!

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Dark, scary and so well written. It is a terrific book you need a hard skin to read it tho'.

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  • Minnou BH
  • 03-31-14

A grim tale but kept me listening

If you could sum up The Treatment in three words, what would they be?

Insightful, haunting, addictive

What other book might you compare The Treatment to, and why?

I have only just started reading this author and so would have to say 'Poppets' by the same author.

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  • Josephine Murray-Smith
  • 05-26-14

Brilliant! The Mo Hayder books are so gripping.

Would you listen to The Treatment again? Why?

Yes, because the story is so complex that there will be more to take in.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters are flawed and the story line is full of twists.

Which character – as performed by Damien Goodwin – was your favourite?

DI Caffrey

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

This is so different.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful