Tomorrow Daniel Cole’s Ragdoll is finally published and unleashed onto the world. I am thrilled that I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to read this book 3+ months early and this was one of my favourite reads for 2016.
I did review this book at the end of 2016 on the blog but in honour of its publication, I’m sharing my review again as part of this mega blog tour with 39 other victims….sorry bloggers 😂
Published: 23rd February 2017 (Trapeze)
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?
This book is going to be HUGE – it is amazing and worthy of all the hype that it is receiving – and it’s not even published for another 3 months!
Ragdoll is everything that a reader wants from a crime thriller; gruesome, a high death toll, so many red-herrings and a fantastic detective in the form of DI William ‘Wolf’ Fawkes. This is crime fiction at it’s very best. It is amazing to think that this was turned down as a television series however thank goodness Cole had the desire to finish one of his stories and give us Ragdoll. I hope he does the same with other unfinished works (and, just for the record, this would work fantastically as a television series!).
Ragdoll opens 4 years prior to the events of the ‘Ragdoll-Killer’ with a prologue surrounding another investigation which should have been a foregone conclusion. We are then thrown in at the deep end with Wolf being called to a crime scene whereby the body parts of 6 victims have been sown together and posed into a macabre ragdoll – but who are the victims, what’s the connection behind the stitching together and why is it pointing towards Wolf’s apartment?! – gruesome and completely creepy! If that’s not enough, Andrea, Wolf’s ex-wife and journalist, receives a letter containing a list of the next victims and the dates they are due to die. What ensues is a race against time not only to protect the individuals on the list but to also understand who the parts of the ragdoll belong to and why the killer has chosen these individuals.
It is hard to believe that this is a debut novel, it has such intricate detail which is plotted out superbly right through to the end. It truly kept me guessing through to the final pages and is addictive, just one more chapter turns into half the book! Ragdoll is full of action and cleverly planned murder scenes which seem impossible but are entirely possible – scary stuff!
Wolf is a great character, he’s a bit of a maverick with his own ways of working, such a flawed individual but has the best of intentions for justice to prevail.
I am so pleased and honoured to have received a proof of this book which is going to be one of the biggest books of 2017 and Daniel Cole is definitely one to watch!
About Daniel Cole
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.
On writing his debut novel RAGDOLL, which began life as an unproduced television pilot, Daniel says: ‘After five years of rejections, I had a yearning to actually finish one of my stories rather than leave it collecting dust with the others under my bed. With no formal training at all, I feel I wrote the book very selfishly, with the aim of creating something that I, personally, would love: as shocking as it is humorous, as thought-provoking as it is relentlessly entertaining, and with a cast of characters who feel like friends by the end of it.’
He currently lives in sunny Bournemouth and can usually be found down the beach when he ought to be writing book two instead.