Sunday 9 October 2016

Ragdoll - Daniel Cole

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?

What did I think?

There was lots of excitement surrounding this book on Twitter so I joined the long queue on NetGalley for a review copy.  As soon as it dropped onto my kindle, I thought I would have a sneaky peak - BIG MISTAKE!  I was hooked after reading the prologue and couldn't have put it down if my life depended on it.

Ragdoll starts with the trial of 'The Cremation Killer', caught by Detective William Oliver Layton-Fawkes, aka Wolf.  I don't want to give anything away from the prologue, which is amazing, so the story begins 4 years later.  Wolf receives a call to attend a crime scene right on his doorstep.  As he enters the flat he has been summoned to, he finds a macabre display: a body wired to the ceiling in an unnatural pose.  On looking a bit closer Wolf sees that this one body comprises 6 victims, each crudely stitched to the other, but the most disturbing thing is that the fingers of one hand are pointing out of the Wolf's apartment.  EEEEK!  When Wolf's ex-wife, Andrea, who is a journalist, receives a list of names and dates of the next 6 victims, the clock begins ticking in the hunt for the 'Ragdoll Killer'.

Seriously, is this book a debut?  I bet the tv stations are kicking themselves at rejecting the script of 'Ragdoll'.  So very dark, gripping and vivid, I can't wait to read more about Wolf.  I've kept my review purposefully short as to write any more would give away some of the plot.  My mind was racing and my heart was pounding - sure signs of a superb debut.

I received this e-book from the publsiher, Trapeze, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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