A body is discovered with the dismembered parts of six victims stitched together like a puppet, nicknamed by the press as the ‘ragdoll’.
Assigned to the shocking case are Detective William ‘Wolf’ Fawkes, recently reinstated to the London Met, and his former partner Detective Emily Baxter.
The ‘RagDoll Killer’ taunts the police by releasing a list of names to the media, and the dates on which he intends to murder them.
With six people to save, can Fawkes and Baxter catch a killer when the world is watching their every move?
Oh how I love it when I discover a new crime author and what I love even more is when you read their book and it exceeds all your expectations. I would be lying if I said I haven’t read all the hype surrounding RagDoll on social media because I have, sometimes I find the hype is just that and there’s no substance to the actual book, but I’m thrilled to report RagDoll deserves all the hype and much more, it’s a thrilling read that is definitely going to be a big hit on its release in February 2017.
RagDoll has a gruesome and highly original plot which immediately drew me in (I’m all for a bit of gore and the more original the crime the better). A body is found, but this is a body with a difference as it’s made up of dismembered parts of six victims, which have been stitched together to make a “RagDoll”, a nickname thought up by the media by the way. Enter Detective Fawkes and his partner Emily Baxter who find themselves caught up in a complex case that will test their detective skills to the limit, and that’s all I’m saying about the plot because this is definitely one book you will enjoy more for not knowing too much.
Daniel Cole has created an array of superb characters, some are more likeable than others, but they all have a story to tell. Wolf was the character I found the most intriguing, this is a man who has a tormented past, he’s damaged and unpredictable and so complex, I’m not even sure a psychiatrist could work him out! I also found Baxter and her sidekick Edmunds to be intriguing characters, again they are complex characters with real depth. Like many teams there working relationship has its highs and lows, but it made them all the more intriguing. Despite this being a dark and disturbing crime thriller, surprisingly there is also plenty of genuine humour which mostly comes from the dialogue between the three characters I mentioned, the humour helps to counteract the dark side of this book without going over board.
Well what can I say about the plot? It’s gripping and it certainly had enough twists and turns to keep me on my toes. I was convinced I had worked out who the killer was half way through but then “bang” the author would take me in a different direction completely throwing me. From the gory beginning to the nail biting conclusion, I found RagDoll to be a thrilling ride and one that I was reluctant to end. With a highly original plot and characters this book certainly doesn’t read like a debut it’s very well executed and superbly written, I’m certain this author will be a powerful new voice in crime fiction, and if he isn’t I will eat my copy of RagDoll cover and all!
5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️out of 5
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Trapeze (23 Feb. 2017)
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