Ragdoll by Daniel Cole

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Publication Date: 28 February 2017

Publisher: Trapeze

Genre: Crime

Pages: 304

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The premise and plot of this novel is what drew me into reading it, and certainly had me intrigued while I wondered who was behind the murders. It is a very fascinating concept and should reel you in quickly.

When a body is found with various parts of six people stitched together like a ‘ragdoll’, detectives William (Wolf) Fawkes and Emily Baxter are assigned to solve the case. Wolf’s past working for a separate trial is linked to this case, and his ex-wife Andrea is working as a reportor when she receives a list of names and dates that the killer plans on taking as their next targets. Wolf and Emily must determine a way to save the people on the list from being murdered in the future, and find out who is responsible.

In the prologue, the readers learn of Wolf’s questionable past when he worked for a different case. I must admit I was a bit confused by the prologue and had to read over it to understand. I was glad the events that took place are discussed quickly as I read on, because otherwise I might not have understood what really happened.

The humour of the detectives is great and distracted me from the horrifying crime. This is the strongest point of the book. It also sets a good, realistic image of what detectives say and do while they are working. The way that the detectives discussed the case with each other gave me a good insight of a real police environment, appearing as though the author researched a lot about being a detective.

While the book has a good amount of action, it is somewhat slow, which made it hard for me to keep reading. Perhaps a problem is the continuous dialogue, where there is sometimes pages and pages of conversation between groups of people, oftentimes making it difficult to follow.

I found that the characters were lacking in something, which I found to be differing personalities and humour. Their jokes sound the same, and the characters do not seem fully developed. The perspectives change constantly, so maybe this contributed to the problem. When the point of view switches every few pages it can be hard to differentiate between the voice of the characters.

The writing is also average. Something about the author is that he wrote a script of this story in the intention of it becoming a film before writing the novel. Therefore, as previously mentioned, the novel has a lot of dialogue.

The ‘big reveal’ is quite fascinating and unexpected. It took me a while to understand, but I appreciated the unique idea of it. There were also several action scenes in the novel that took me by surprise, and overall I think that Ragdoll is a really good idea for a story.

This is a good book if you’re looking for a different thriller that closely follows a terrifying crime. Clues are given throughout the novel to determine who the killer is.

Thank you to Hachette Australia for the advanced reader copy that I received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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