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 a thrilling book, guys! Before I started Ragdoll, I read Daniel Cole’s introduction and loved how he came up with the idea while watching a tv show. I seriously don’t understand how TV producers didn’t fall in love with Ragdoll’s concept, as I believe it’d make an awesome show. Anyway, now we have it as a book series, so in the end, we got lucky.
The book had me at its prologue. A man on trial. A detective attacking brutally him. Years later, this detective is working again. And here it comes the most important and dangerous case of his life… I’m sure that if you’ve read what this is about, you already know there’s only one body but six different victims. They’re stitched together! I couldn’t believe someone would actually do that. It reminded me of the film Resurrection (but don’t worry, Ragdoll is way better).
What I liked the most about Ragdoll is that, even though it’s a serial killer book and follows the usual pattern at first, it eventually stands out because of how the plot develops. Daniel Cole isn’t afraid to go to places many other crime writers wouldn’t dare, especially when it comes to the characters’ actions. Wolf is a complex protagonist and not an easy one to like, to be honest. The same happens with Emily Baxter, his friend and colleague. Despite their personalities, I found them both strong characters and I can’t wait to know what happens next.
The idea behind the murders was unique and one of those I couldn’t believe no one had written about before. Smart, twisty and tragic! More than a “whodunit”, this is actually a “why dun it”, and watching Edmunds untangle the case was a fascinating experience. He was my absolute favorite character and I felt bad for him because he was constantly trying to prove himself. He was a great detective.
If you like police procedurals that are action-filled and actually different, do not miss this one! Ragdoll is the true definition of a real page-turner; bold and complex, and, ultimately, lots of fun.
Netgalley, Trapeze, 2017