This review is written with thanks to Trapeze, an imprint of Orion Publishing Group and Netgalley for my copy of Ragdoll.
DS William Fawkes (known as Wolf) and his team are called to a crime scene, where the body parts of six victims are stitched together by a murderer known to the media as "the Ragdoll Killer." In the days following the discovery of "Ragdoll", a list of victims is leaked to the press alongside the dates they will die. One of the victims is Wolf himself. Will his team be able to catch the killer before he claims any more lives?
Over the last year or so, I have enjoyed several police procedural novels. One of the aspects I enjoy most about this genre is the opportunity to be introduced to a new group of characters and watch them develop over the course of a series. In this respect, Ragdoll is no different. The police officers are flawed, and this makes them easier to relate to than many other fictional detectives, which made me root for them in the hunt for their killer. The relationships between the team are often fraught, and this increases the already palpable tension that runs throughout the novel. However, alongside this, there is also an element of humour, which prevents the novel from becoming too dark and helps Cole to strike the right balance between serious and lighthearted.
The premise of Ragdoll is highly innovative and one that drew my interest from the outset. Throughout the novel, I was constantly intrigued. This was heightened by the references to Wolf's past, where he spent time in a psychiatric hospital, and I was interested to learn how his experience would influence this case. Such references are integral to the plot, in which Cole weaves several intricate details. I found the plot to be incredibly clever, and my mindset at the time of reading meant that certain parts were more difficult to follow. However, I love a novel with a twist and this was no exception.
I enjoyed Ragdoll, and I hope that there is more to come from Wolf and his team.
Ragdoll is available from Amazon.