Thursday, March 11, 2021

Blog Tour & Review: The Jigsaw Man by Nadine Matheson

Today, I'm so happy to be a tour stop on the blog tour for The Jigsaw Man by Nadine Matheson. Thank you Hanover Square Press for inviting me to participate.

Title: The Jigsaw Man
Author: Nadine Matheson
Published: March 2021, Hanover Square Press
Format: ARC E-copy, 413 pages
Source: Netgalley via Publisher

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery...

When body parts are found on the banks of the River Thames in Deptford, DI Angelica Henley is tasked with finding the killer. Eerie echoes of previous crimes lead Henley to question Peter Olivier, aka The Jigsaw Killer, who is currently serving a life sentence for a series of horrific murders.

When a severed head is delivered to Henley's home, she realises that the copycat is taking a personal interest in her and that the victims have not been chosen at random.

To catch the killer, Henley must confront her own demons - - and when Olivier escapes from prison, she finds herself up against not one serial killer, but two.

My thoughts: As a fan of crime fiction, this debut from Nadine Matheson hit all the marks for me. A well-crafted police procedural combined with gruesome murders and a copycat serial killer makes this thriller completely engrossing.

This book is definitely not for the faint of heart. It is gruesome and disturbing, much like the Lars Kepler books, but nonetheless I found myself completely hooked right from the start and ended up reading the book in two sittings. As dark as the book is though, I loved how it is balanced with great character dynamics. We really get to know the team just as much as we focus on the case. Each character has such a unique personality and I so appreciated that.

I love how we are thrown right into things and that intensity really never lets up. A true cat and mouse game ensues, with one serial killer up against another. What I loved is that the motive behind the copycat killings is never clear. Is it because they are trying to impress the Jigsaw Killer or are they trying to one-up him? This is what drives Detective Henley and the team in trying to solve the case before any more murders happen. 

This is a fast-paced book that has a lot of moving parts. Not only does Nadine Matheson not shy away from the gruesome scenes of the serial killers in action, but she does such a great job of giving us the necessary backstory when needed. There is definitely a link between the Jigsaw Killer and Detective Henley and as we get further into the story, those pieces are filled in for us.

I loved this book. The twists and turns really kept me on the edge of my seat and I could not read fast enough. I also enjoyed getting to know Detective Henley and her team. I would love to see this become a series...the ending is left open for the possibility and I would definitely be first in line to read the next book, for sure!

About the author: Nadine Matheson is a criminal defense attorney and winner of the City Universal Crime Writing competition. She lives in London, UK.

Authors Links:  Website   |   Twitter   |   Instagram |   Goodreads

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