Ragdoll, Daniel Cole
After reading the hype for this debut, I was intrigued and decided to see for myself. I was not disappointed.
An exceptionally interesting premise; a body is found, but consists of 6 different body parts from different victims. Absolutely chilling, and extremely well written – especially the moment when the body is described.
I like novels that begin with a past episode; this is a surefire way to grab my attention, and I often find myself heading back to the past episodes to see if there’s anything I missed on first reading. In Ragdoll, this was expertly handled, and I was surprised to find this from a debut novel, when it reads as if Cole has been doing this since the dawn of thriller writing.
The characters are superbly drawn; Wolf, Baxter and Edmunds are written with such believability that the reader can certainly imagine being in the room with them – even though it might be uncomfortable at times.
A plot well interwoven, the twists and turns are surprising and effective. An excellent debut – I look forward to Hangman, coming in February 2018.
Ragdoll is published by Trapeze from Orion Books.