#HangmanBook by Daniel Cole Book Review @Daniel_P_Cole @TrapezeBooks

Source: Review Copy


The new thriller from the bestselling author of Ragdoll

A detective with no one to trust
A killer with nothing to lose

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?


I was a huge fan of Daniel Cole’s debut novel, Ragdoll which I read last year. Now, a year later, he has returned with Hangman. Daniel Cole’s second novel is a highly entertaining read which I flew through. I would warn, however, especially if you haven’t previously read Ragdoll, that Daniel Cole’s books are not for the faint hearted.

Eighteen months on from the Ragdoll murders which shocked the world, the police have had to deal with a string of copycat murders trying to imitate the deranged killer’s style. One case catches the eye of the metropolitan police when a body is found hanging from Brooklyn Bridge in New York. DCI Emily Baxter heads to the States to assist the FBI. Emily is still reeling from the events which took place in the final chapters of Ragdoll, she tries to put this behind her and focus on the investigation.

Daniel introduces us to a new team of detectives as both the metropolitan police and the FBI work together, albeit with some tensions simmering beneath the surface. But the murders in the States soon begin to escalate, and on the other side of the Atlantic, killings in London begin to occur, appearing to mirror the attacks happening in the US.

What I loved about Hangman is that DCI Emily Baxter takes centre stage; I really liked her character in the previous book, so I was excited to learn more about her. If you are hoping to see more of Wolf, you will have to wait a little while longer. Again there are good doses of humour throughout; one scene in a hotel room had me in stitches, you’ll know which one I mean when you read it. If you thought that Daniel had some original ideas for bumping off his characters in his first book, just wait until you read some of the scenes in Hangman.

You do have to suspend the belief system a little bit with these books, but Daniel manages to pull it off with a hugely entertaining plot which has a very cinematic feel to it. Just like it’s predecessor, Hangman has now left me desperate to get my hands on the third book in the series. Thank you to Lauren Woosey at Orion Books for sending me a copy of the book to review.

Publisher: Trapeze

Publication date: 22nd March 2018

Print length: 384 pages


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