Ragdoll (Detective William Fawkes #1) by Daniel Cole
Publisher: Harlequin Australia
Goodreads Summary: 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?
Rating: 5 Stars
Review: A six in one murder; the police discover a body comprised of six body parts from other bodies stitched together. It's a race to find out who the bodies belong to. A list from the murderer nicknamed The Ragdoll Killer contains six names and days they are due to die. And to top things off? The last name mentioned is none other than Detective William-Oliver Layton-Fawkes.
Ragdoll is a multi-layered story of past, present and future. We begin with a prologue which seems to have little relevance to the story until later on. There are a few clearly marked flashback chapters which seem puzzling, but are a sly way of building foundation and backstory for the events that transpire later on.
Wolf has a complex character. We only see one side of him at a time, one opinion of him (including his own). As the puzzle becomes more complete and we finally know where to put those mysterious pieces, a clearer picture of Wolf emerges from the shadows. He is a man changed by much including abandonment and loss.
Daniel Cole has breathed a dark twisted story to life. Each character is different from all others. Moments in their heads help us understand who they are and why they act a certain way. Ragdoll is an amazing premier to the series and I'm looking forward to reading the next books. So far, this series is full of suspense, mystery, and the ever looming question of what happens next.
Purchase Location: ~I received a copy from Harlequin Australia via NetGalley and willingly reviewed it~
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Recommended for: Fans of thrillers and haunting serial killers.