My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Time taken to read - 2 days
Pages - 384
Publisher - Trapeze
Source - Amazon
Blurb from Amazon
ONE BODY. SIX VICTIMS. NO SUSPECTS.
A body is discovered with the dismembered parts of six victims stitched together, 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 & Baxter catch a killer when the world is watching their every move?
A gruesome discovery, a dead body (Ragdoll) made up from other bodies, who are the victims and why is the body posed in such a way? Detective Wolf Fawkes recently reinstated after a very public meltdown, breaking the law and subsequent consequences that followed. His ex partner Emily Baxter and her new side kick Edmunds are on the case, Edmunds has plenty smarts but is he cut out for homicide (recently transferred from a different apartment).
So, it is an ambitious book to be honest. There is no denying there is a lot of action and a few moments your are like Oh My God, no way! You need to suspend reality (yeah yeah it is fiction but even in fiction some things you are like REALLY?) to swallow some of the happenings, behaviours and antics of the places and people mentioned.
The killer is smart, always steps ahead of the police and the investigators whilst good at their job are pretty dysfunctional. Add into the mix a cop recovering from a pretty bad mental break, his ex wife has a job that makes the cops groan, Edmunds is smart but yet to prove himself. The killings are brutal, there are some gross out moments, quips and one liners that evoke a chuckle along the way. It keeps you interested and I would read this author again, I didn't love it but I didn't hate it, I found myself frustrated with a few of the things I read. Otherwise I think a good start to a series and likely to pick the next one up to see what is in store for the team!