Grove Press
Grove Press
Grove Press

The Treatment

by Mo Hayder

“The most frightening book I’ve ever read.” —The Guardian (UK)

  • Imprint Grove Paperback
  • Page Count 352
  • Publication Date June 25, 2012
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-4613-7
  • Dimensions 5.5" x 8.25"
  • US List Price $16.00

About The Book

The Treatment, Hayder’s second novel, after the hair-raising Birdman, brings Detective Jack Caffery back to investigate the abduction of a little boy, a crime with disturbing parallels to Caffery’s own troubled past.

In a quiet residential area in London, a couple is discovered bound and imprisoned in their own home. Savagely battered and severely dehydrated, the worst revelation is yet to come: their eight-year-old son has been abducted. But when the body is found and forensic evidence turns the case on its head, revealing disturbing parallels to events in Detective Caffery’s own past, Caffery realizes he’s dealing with much more sinister forces than he’d anticipated—and finds it increasingly difficult to maintain his professional distance. As the evidence mounts and Caffery struggles to hold his own life together, the case hurtles toward a shocking conclusion.


“A contemporary masterpiece . . . A searing dark tale that makes you bolt up in bed during the middle of the night.” —Karin Slaughter, The Sunday Telegraph (UK)

“The most frightening book I’ve ever read.” —The Guardian (UK)