Author: Daniel Cole
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
I’m SO excited to be part of the blog tour for Ragdoll, so read in for my review and check out the other amazing bloggers on the tour!
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?
I wasn’t sure what to expect when starting this – I’ve seen so many amazing reviews that, before I began, I was wondering if it can live up to them all?…
It definitely does!
This is a fast-paced, punchy crime novel that hits just the right notes – humorous (at times making me really laugh out loud) without being too obvious; dark and with plenty of gory detail without being gratuitous; full of action without overdoing it; and – to top it off – really well-written!
The characters are likeable and make you want to read more about them. Wolfe has his own problems and flaws but seems very sharp even whilst his life seems to be falling apart, whilst Baxter is just great – a strong, willfull female sidekick that doubles as a lead character in her own right, really – I enjoyed reading about her just as much as Wolfe. I loved trainee Police Officer, Edmunds, as well, and felt so sorry for him at times. All the characters seemed pretty well-rounded and convincing in their own ways, although some were a lot less likeable than others!
The story manages to be fast paced without losing the reader in a flurry of Police language and action. The quick comebacks and humour from Wolfe only add to the snappiness of this novel, giving it a fresher, more sophisticated feel. It’s got surprises aplenty and it certainly consumed me from start to finish!
Eagerly anticipating Daniel Cole’s next in the series already!
Many thanks to Orion for providing a copy of this novel, on which I chose to write an unbiased and honest review.
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.