The Nightmare Returns…

“I believe, from what I can hear, that either my daughter or my wife has just been attacked. I don’t know the outcome. The house is silent.

Fourteen years ago two teenage lovers were brutally murdered in a patch of remote woodland. The prime suspect confessed to the crimes and was imprisoned.

Now, one family is still trying to put the memory of the killings behind them. But at their isolated hilltop house… the nightmare is about to return”


I first discovered the novels of Mo Hayder with the publication of “Ritual” in 2008, attracted initially by not just the premise of the book, but also the location setting – in and around Bristol and Bath.

Having spent a large part of my life living in that area, I found that the knowledge of the area being described within the book enabled me to mentally visualise the settings and added a stronger sense of relating that I don’t get when reading a thriller set abroad.

“Wolf” is the seventh book featuring Detective Inspector Jack Caffery, and the fifth book in the Walking Man series that began when the author relocated the detective from London to Bristol.

The story concerns Oliver Anchor-Ferrers, his wife Matilda and daughter Lucia, returning to their isolated home following Oliver’s hospitalisation for heart surgery. Matilda goes to look around her beloved garden, only to be confronted by a horrible and gruesome reminder of a particularly nasty double murder that took place locally some fourteen years previously.

Fearing that the murderer has been released from prison, upon returning to the house, the family discover that the phone lines are down and that they are effectively cut off from the outside world.

Two police detectives arrive at the house – but in time we see that they, and other characters, are in no way what they initially appear to be.

Mo Hayder
Mo Hayder

Both Jack Caffery and the Walking Man have their parts to play in this story, and the almost telepathic nature of some of their interactions cleverly help to move things along. That said, I feel that the book would also hold up well as a standalone story even without the ongoing saga of both men’s missing relatives.

Hayder always keeps you guessing with numerous twists and turns, and this latest novel is no exception.

Parts of the larger puzzle are revealed gradually, with the whole picture not becoming clear until the final pages of this superb crime thriller.

A highly recommended addition to the series of Jack Caffery novels.


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