Release date: 22 03 2018
Price*: Kindle £1.99 (GBP)/ Paperback £5.75 (GBP)
Kindle $2.56 (USD)/ Paperback $16.99 (USD)
Pages: ~ 384
My rating: 9/10
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What I learned from this book: Pain and loss, can turn humans into monsters.
Description of the book: 18 months after the ‘Ragdoll’ murders, a body is found hanging from Brooklyn Bridge, the word ‘BAIT’ carved into the chest.
In London a copycat killer strikes, branded with the word ‘PUPPET’, forcing DCI Emily Baxter into an uneasy partnership with the detectives on the case, Special Agents Rouche and Curtis.
Each time they trace a suspect, the killer is one step ahead. With the body count rising on both sides of the Atlantic, can they learn to trust each other and identify who is holding the strings before it is too late?
How this book made me feel: It was a very intriguing Baxter’s come back, with brand new characters. However, I missed Wolf and the relationship he had with Baxter.
The main characters in this book would be Baxter and Rouche, they are investigating murders, that are happening in the United States and the UK. The victims have words BAIT and PUPPET cut on their chests. I really liked Rouche, he is a very mysterious and quite complex character, and he brings out something different, softer, in Baxter. The characters, like always are very funny, absorbing and very well written. There are some characters that have been silenced and not that active as in his previous book, however, we do have plenty of new personalities stepping in to ease the void. 🙂
The narrative was told from multiple perspectives and was really gripping. I was very absorbed by the events happening in the book, and really wanted to find out, who is hiding behind all these murders, and what their reasoning was. I loved all the details and findings throughout the book, but I was quite disappointed with the background story of the murders. It wasn’t connected to any of the characters in the book like I expected it to be. Daniel Cole likes to throw in many details from his previous books, so this book would make more sense if the reader is familiar with his previous book Ragdoll.
The setting of this book keeps changing between the US and the UK, so it was a pleasant change in the narrative. The writing style is great as always, and I love the sarcasm, wit and thrilling plot, that Daniel Cole always delivers. This book has plenty of gross murder scenes, so it is not suitable for sensitive readers. The culmination of this book left me somewhat disappointed, but nevertheless, it was full of action and rounded this book well. The chapters have great length and didn’t leave me bored. So, to conclude, this instalment brought in new and exciting characters, as well as absorbing and suspenseful plot, and I do strongly recommend it to all thriller fans. Do read this book, and I hope you will like it as much as I did. Enjoy!
Thank You for Your time! ❤
About the author: 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. He currently lives in sunny Bournemouth and can usually be found down the beach when he ought to be writing instead.
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