WOLF by Mo Hayder

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This latest in Mo Hayder’s Jack Caffery series kicks off with a stray dog. A little girl’s frantic parents finally find her after she’s wandered off to follow a dog in the woods. The dog was wearing a note, one the girl couldn’t read on her own, but after the response to her straying she doesn’t raise the issue with her parents. She’d left the dog in the hands of a man who promised to find its owner and that was fine with her.

That is the man Jack knows as the Walking Man. The note reads “Help Us.” In exchange for Jack’s help in finding the people who own the dog, the Walking Man promises to finally share key information on the disappearance of Jack’s brother. For Jack, it could mean closure to something that has haunted him for so long. But the case with the dog turns out to be more complicated than he could ever imagine. As Jack searches for clues that will lead to the identity of the hand behind the message, one family is facing down a nightmare that could end in all of their deaths.

I have truly enjoyed every chilling new book from Mo Hayder. The Jack Caffery series is one of my all time favorites and one I highly recommend to anyone looking for intricate and tightly plotted thrillers and isn’t afraid of the darkest of dark details.

Wolf is no exception in any of those regards. I did mourn the absence of Flea in this outing but I have to admit that the final scene between Jack and the Walking Man – one that’s been coming for a few books now – makes Wolf truly outstanding. A warning to anyone who may not be current with the series, I don’t suggest reading Wolf until you’ve caught up. The ending here is definitely not going to be as effective if you haven’t read the books in order.

7/14 Becky Lejeune

WOLF by Mo Hayder. Atlantic Monthly Press; First Edition edition (May 6, 2014). ISBN 978-0802122506. 352p.

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