The Edgar Award, bestowed by the Mystery writers of America, is considered by many to be the premier award in the mystery genre. When I saw author Mo Hayder was an "Edgar Award" finalist, I jumped headfirst into the audio-recording of "The Treatment."
When Mr. and Mrs. Peach are found in their home after days of being bound, starved and abused, the storyline intensifies with a days-long search for their 9-year old son, Rory. Detective Jack Caffery is assigned to the case, but with deep, private misgivings. His brother Ewan disappeared when they were children, under similar circumstances to Rory, and Detective Caffery isn't sure he can approach the case with rational detachment.
The characters in this consuming, "don't-want-to-look, but-have-to-keep-reading" thriller are richly drawn, from the odd Mr. Gummer to the Caffery's intense, likable boss, Suness. Listening to the audio, the narrator develops memorable voices for all characters.
The plot is full of surprises, tension and cringe-worthy moments. You can imagine the scary movie music and wish you could warn the characters as they walk amidst danger. Ms. Hayder definitely earned her award nod and this is a complex psychological thriller, however, the theme of child-victimization in this story could be upsetting to some readers.
Recommended by Frazier Walker