About this book…
The nation is gripped by the infamous ‘Ragdoll Killer’
Your friends, your family and your neighbours are all talking about it.
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?
Now my journey to read this book has been a difficult one, fraught with obstacles that were determined to stop me getting my hands on a review copy. When the publisher was giving them out at Harrogate this year, I was off having my afternoon tea with fellow blogger Sarah Hardy and the brilliant author Linwood Barclay so I missed out (probably not quite the hardship I am making out here!) So I was emailed a copy by the lovely Sam Eades but that one seemed to disappear into the ether somewhere. It was only when I had to do a huge reboot on my Kindle (long story but never EVER trust a 5 year old with your kindle password-it will end in tears…..YOURS!!) that a copy popped up on my carousel which lead to much dancing around and hugging of treasured kindle. So the only problem I have now is this…..IS THIS MY FAVOURITE BOOK OF 2016 or 2017!?!?! I’ve read it this year but it’s not out in e-book till February 2017? Oh what the hell, let’s just make it my book of the decade and have done with it!
Before you read this book, make sure you read the authors bio that I’ve included below! And I’m sure you will be struck by two things. Firstly how does a lovely young man (I know as I’ve met him!) with a string of jobs helping people and animals in distress write such a gruesome, repulsive crime shocker with a hideously gory and blood curdling plot?! But the second thing you’ll notice is that there will be a book two!! And thank goodness for that as William Fawkes (Wolf) and Emily Baxter are both brilliant character creations and their relationship one of the most intense and intriguing I have come across for quite some time!
And if I think I had a stressful journey to read this book, it’s nothing compared to the search for the Ragdoll Killer as they are named by the press. One of those journalists looking for the scoop of the century is Andrea, Wolfs wife (sorry, ex wife!). A killer who has stitched together pieces of his 6 victims to form a grotesque “ragdoll” has sent Andrea a list of the next victims plus the dates they will die but this list is looking a little too close to home for our police team. And at this point I have to say that one of the things l loved about this book was that team and how their characters and relationships were unravelled to us slowly, full of twisty surprises along the way. Towards the end I found the tension nearly unbearable and had to stop reading every few pages, although this could also have been procrastinating as I also didn’t want this amazing book to end. The last few pages felt physically painful, as though I was sharing the agonising and distressingly traumatic finale with Wolf-and then he pipes up with a little quip that relieves all the tension and makes me laugh out loud! I just loved everything about this book from start to finish so I am so happy that there will be a William Fawkes #2! Let’s hope Daniel Cole can get his warped imagination flowing again for more harrowing cases for Wolf and Emily!
I think this will be the Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train for 2017, you know, THAT book that everyone wants to emulate and aspire to. It’s a brilliant book and its a debut to boot! Amazing! And I half want a Hollywood producer to snap this up for a blockbuster movie but the other half of me knows that no one will be able to match the brilliance of this book on film! There seriously aren’t enough stars in the sky for me to rate this book! At the risk of repeating myself, I just loved it!
Many thanks to Trapeze for my review copy of Ragdoll.
Ragdoll will be published by Trapeze on 23rd February 2017 and can be preordered here at Amazon UK
About the author…
At 33 years old, Daniel Cole has worked as a paramedic, an RSPCA officer and most recently for the RNLI, driven by an intrinsic need to save people or perhaps just a guilty conscience about the number of characters he kills off in his writing. He currently lives in sunny Bournemouth and can usually be found down the beach when he ought to be writing book two instead.