Last year, I read and thoroughly enjoyed Ragdoll by Daniel Cole. It was a great and unique police procedural that made a difference because of the way the story progressed. By the time I finished reading it, I deeply admired Daniel Cole’s ability to craft such a unique storyline.
I didn’t know what to expect from Hangman, but the early reviews seemed promising enough. And while I wasn’t sure how I felt during the first few pages (confused, for sure), I soon became so engrossed in the story that I forgot everything around me. I read it compulsively and I didn’t want to do anything else.
As in Ragdoll, Hangman’s concept and consequent storyline is “big” and complex. This is not a small crime and it’s not set in a small town either. This is a rather spectacular case set both in London and New York, designed to stay in your mind, filled with graphic murders and shocking scenes that feel powerful and cinematic.
The main character in this book is not William Fawkes, aka Wolf (if you read the last book, you can imagine why), but her friend/colleague Emily Baxter. There were other major characters like Rouche and Curtis, and my personal favorite, Alex Edmunds. The interactions between them were sometimes hilarious and although Baxter isn’t exactly easy to love, you have to admire her wit. Rouche was incredible as Baxter’s partner in crime and her boyfriend will probably win the Boyfriend Of The Year award really soon.
I’ve consciously avoided mentioning any details about the plot because I want you to discover everything for yourselves. Hangman’s story is a complex web of lies and manipulation that will make you reflect on how villains are created. And of course, there were plenty of twist and turns for everyone to enjoy.
So even though I loved Ragdoll, I love Hangman even more. It’s bigger, it’s better, it’s surprising and captivating and it has everything I look for in crime/thriller books. Whatever you do, don’t miss it.
Many thanks to the publishers for providing me a copy