Ragdoll by Daniel Cole | Book Review
Ragdoll is the debut novel of Daniel Cole. Originally conceived as a TV show and almost, almost picked up, before falling through. Daniel then decided to convert the script into a novel.
I am so glad he did.
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?
This was one of my top picks of 2016! I received an early edition from the lovely people at Trapeze (honestly, some of my favourite people in Publishing!)
It created huge buzz at the London Book Fair in 2016. This was the reason why I was so excited to read it. And it doesn’t disappoint!
I said in my Netgalley review:
This book is sensational! It is going to catapult the Trapeze imprint of Orion, way above the circus tent!
I don’t usually go for this kind of book at all! It is a police thriller, kind of a whodunit read and it’s incredible! I remember exactly where I was when I started the book and exactly where I was when I finished it. In-between that (approximately 4 days) I was glued to the book whenever I had a free second.
To say it is gripping is an understatement. The chapters are short which makes it easy for you to slip into that ‘oh, just one more’ mode of reading. But since each chapter ends with some sort of pull into the next, it is truly difficult to put this book down!
The characters are realistic and non-perfect. There’s realistic chemistry between the protagonist – Detective ‘Wolf’ Fawkes – and his counterpart police officer Baxter. I’ve read reviews of people saying that Wolf is unreliable or depressing. But I think they’re forgetting that this is a Metropolitan policeman with demons. Demons connected to the Ragdoll case.
The Ragdoll is a body of dismembered body parts. Each body part belongs to a separate victim, and each is connected to an extremely volatile case which Wolf is also connected to. It’s an interestingly unique plot and one that I could not solve, not even towards the very end! Warning: the ending is nail-biting – have your pillow to hide behind and emery boards at the ready!
The book does end on a cliff-hanger. (Yippee! Second book!) But it does resolve the major plotline, so don’t worry about having to wait years to find out who the murderer is!
It is an addictive read and incredibly visceral. I want this to become a TV show! It could rival The Fall or Silent Witness – ITV what are you waiting for! But I don’t need it to be on television. The scenes are described so clearly that I can see everything in my mind’s eye. A mark of a good writer. Which makes it all the more surprising and worthy of praise, since this is Daniel Cole’s debut.
Overall, I thought it was fantastic and have no problem with telling everyone else likewise! So...go and read it!!
Release date: 23rd February 2017