BOOK REVIEWS BY AMANDA,  THRILLER/MYSTERY/SUSPENSE

[GUEST REVIEW BY AMANDA] Hangman by Daniel Cole (Fawkes & Baxter #2)

Holy moly.

This book was off to a slow start and had me thinking it was going to be a damned long ride but boy, do I like being wrong. This was one of the most fucked up stories I have ever read. The level of intrigue and the spiderweb of ties to an act of crime so horrid, you’d hate to think this could actually be real. Pfew. I need a breather, but first, review time!

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.

I have to admit, I wasn’t particularly impressed or drawn to the story the first 100 pages but then it took off like a fire in dry wood. I had a heartbeat that was almost too quick to count halfway this unbelievable story. You know what I love most about this plot? That it plants a seed in your mind. What if, what if there are people out there, orchestrating such devilish and unthinkable crimes? It makes your blood go cold.

When it comes to the characters, I actually didn’t miss Wolf at all. I love Baxter, I love her outspoken, witty, snarky and no nonsense attitude and she was supported by amazing other characters. They carried this book. I love how the writer focuses on the plot without too much secondhand drama, I love it when a novel is all about the crime without including unnecessary drama.

This sequel to Ragdoll is surely a Gold Medal winner for me and I cannot wait to see what happens in part 3. Loved it!

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