Sunday, 29 April 2018

Book Review: Hangman by Daniel Cole


How do you catch a killer who's already dead?'

Eighteen months have passed, but the scars the Ragdoll murders left behind remain. 

DCI Emily Baxter is summoned to a meeting with US Special Agents Elliot Curtis of the FBI and Damien Rouche of the CIA. There, she is presented with photographs of the latest copycat murder: a body contorted into a familiar pose, strung up impossibly on the other side of the world, the word BAIT carved deep into its chest. 

As the media pressure intensifies, Baxter is ordered to assist with the investigation and attend the scene of another murder to discover the same word scrawled across the victim, carved across the corpse of the killer - PUPPET.

As the murders continue to grow in both spectacle and depravity on both sides of the Atlantic, the team helplessly play catch up. Their only hope: to work out who the 'BAIT' is intended for, how the 'PUPPETS' are chosen but, most importantly of all, who is holding the strings.



Well this is highly unusual. Publishing a review of the sequel, only two weeks after publishing the review of the prequel! And it's almost unheard of for me to say I liked the sequel more than the prequel, but such is the case with Ragdoll and Hangman. 

I wasn't a huge fan of the first book in the Detective William Fawkes series, Ragdoll. I deemed it a three star read that didn't fully hold my attention throughout. Hangman, however, knocked it right out of the park. Gripping from start to finish, this book was a five star read.

Every single chapter ended on a cliffhanger, meaning it's impossible to put this book down. "Just one more chapter" means you'll be up into the early hours reading Hangman. Also full of gore, grisly murder, and a wholly original idea, this sequel was fantastic. I cannot wait for the third book in the series to be released! 


Rating: *****

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