THE #ragdoll #daniel_P_Cole
📚📖 BLOG TOUR 📚📖
RAGDOLL Is a debut novel by DANIEL COLE
Published by Trapeze and out now on e- book and released in hardback on the 23 rd Feb ( today)
One body.Six victims
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 and Baxter catch a killer when the world is watching their every move?
WOW!WOW!WOW! So much to say about this book! I literally devoured this gem in two sittings!
I had read so many reviews and seen so, so many people talking about RAGDOLL on social media that I was excited to see what all the buzz was about, but even more curious to see if it was able to live up to the hype surrounding it…having been left a little disappointed in the past- I am happy to be able to confirm that in this case it did!
Crime, psychological and domestic thrillers (my fave) are HUGE genres right now, with so many titles out there it does take a very clever storyline and something just a little bit different to ensure a story can hold its own alongside the numerous new titles vying for attention on the shelves…
Is this the case for #ragdoll? YES!YES!YES There are so many exciting , talented new voices and Daniel Cole stands shoulder to shoulder up there with the best…WHY?
Because RAGDOLL doesn’t take itself too seriously, I Loved the comedic element of this book… To ease the tension created by a cat and mouse chase, coupled with the highly imaginative grisly, graphic death scenes Cole throws in a little dark humour here , a smattering of sarcasm and wit there, and as the adrenaline reaches a crescendo there is suddenly a one liner (usually delivered by Wolf.. More on him in a mo), that will leave you laughing out loud and a little more relaxed! It relieved an otherwise violent tale, and added a bit of lightheartedness that really enhanced the read. Human nature dictates even in the darkest hour, humour has its place. It really worked here.
The highly original premise behind RAGDOLL makes it a fresh and unique debut , NOT a ‘the run of the mill ‘ who dun it by any means, some of the grisly death scenes are so outlandish that in the wrong hands it could have become a little OTT and farcical but the creative genius that is Daniel Cole took those ideas and skilfully threaded them together , expertly weaving a complex, tight, and carefully thought out plot, which succeeds in not only making the story credible but highly entertaining. Above and beyond it is very well written and fluid read. I liked the fact that we were as much in the dark as the investigating team themselves, we hear nothing from the perspective of the killer, so we are kept guessing as information and clues come to light.
It’s hard to sum up RAGDOLL in a way that does it full justice- But its a highly accomplished debut novel, containing all the elements of a great crime/ mystery thriller with twists and turns a plenty, a narcissitic psychopath serial killer , gory deaths and a race against time sense of urgency that kept me turning the pages late into the night. I could literally hear the clock ticking, as each new victim met their untimely end… If that isn’t a good enough reason to buy the book, I don’t know what is.
Now let me move on to the main protagonist WOLF… I fell for him the moment he made his appearance resplendent in his scruffy, faded Jon Bon Jovi t-shirt. I knew we were going to get along just fine! What an awesome character!
A bit of a loose canon and pretty f****d up, he has issues ( don’t we all!?) and is unpredictable but he is also cool and caring with a loveable persona and although at times infuriating he is devoted to fighting for justice, whatever the cost. This colorful character never, ever plays by the rules -making him so much interesting than your average crime fighting protagonist, here we have a crime fighting maverick with his own modus operandi, resulting in a character that stays with you long after turning the final page.(Thankfully there is definitely a sequel in the pipeline so we get to meet with Wolf again in the very near future.)
Following on from Wolf , I do think much of the success of ragdoll aside from its insane storyline, can be attributed to Coles characters who are well built and well developed throughout- Take Emily Baxter, Wolfs female sidekick, another standout character in this book- fearless, feisty and no ones fool, I enjoyed the underlying sexual tension between her and Wolf, and hope to see this relationship develop in the next book. The reader isn’t the only one picking up on this sizzling chemistry between them, cue Andrea , Wolfs ambitious, glamorous ex-wife, a television reporter, who to add to the complication is assigned to cover the story, AND is receiving inside information from the killer! Now add to that the fact that Wolf is named on the ‘kill list’ as the killers final victim and the fact they remain close and Cole adds a few more intriguing layers to the story arc. There are other, no less developed characters who flesh out the story, adding to the sense of a busy investigation team who have history and a close, complex working relationship.
I loved Edmunds – he is a brilliant character.New to the team,highly intelligent and keen to learn he goes above and beyond the call of duty showing he has a real nose for sniffing out leads and spotting clues other more experienced detectives had missed. He comes up against the typical police culture of banter amongst the ranks.We see how he deals with constant humiliation and put downs by those above him in both experience and hierarchy. Again this added realism to the setting…Illustrating how the police operate and the relationships typical in this profession. This new addition added a fresher dynamic, instead of just showing the interaction between older more weather worn detectives and officers.
Another interesting dynamic to the story, is Coles portrayal of the media. He shines the spotlight on their lack of morals and compassion towards victims and their families – the only focus being on ruthlessly securing their end goal, sensationalising unashamedly to get the ratings up and be the first to break the story, all this no matter what the emotional cost to the already suffering victims of the crime, without a thought for who it could place in danger. It shows just how callous an industry it is, and this underlying critique of the media was a really interesting addition.
I have to conclude that this is one of my top reads so far in 2017… Earning it a well deserved 4.5 star rating from me. I would happily recommend this to friends and family and will be adding my review to Amazon and goodreads, to encourage readers to buy RAGDOLL – its a fast, quirky, entertaining read, if ever a ‘ page turner’ THIS.IS.IT… Roll on #ragdol2
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