The Jigsaw Man by Nadine Matheson – Review.

About The Book

There’s a serial killer on the loose.

When bodies start washing up along the banks of the River Thames, DI Henley fears it is the work of Peter Olivier, the notorious Jigsaw Killer. But it can’t be him; Olivier is already behind bars, and Henley was the one who put him there.

The race is on before more bodies are found.

She’d hoped she’d never have to see his face again, but Henley knows Olivier might be the best chance they have at stopping the copycat killer. But when Olivier learns of the new murders, helping Henley is the last thing on his mind . . .

Will it take a killer to catch the killer?

Now all bets are off, and the race is on to catch the killer before the body count rises. But who will get there first – Henley, or the Jigsaw Killer?

My Review

I’ve had The Jigsaw Man on my kindle for a while and after seeing a flurry of social media posts about the second book in the series, The Binding Man, I decided it was time to read it. It is a long time since I read a book so gory. 

Henley is the lead character in the novel, a police officer whose life is a mess due to being injured in a previous case. Everything about that case was being relived during the current investigation because it looked like there is either a copycat killer or the wrong person was found guilty. The situation was made worse for her because she has a rookie officer shadowing her. Ramouter, relocated from Yorkshire, away from his family, feeling guilty due to his wife’s ill health and who realised pretty quickly how little support his new unit was given and how much he had to learn.

This was a traumatic case for the team of detectives to deal with, and it became evident very early that they didn’t have the support or respect that they needed. All of them struggled with the the level of violence shown towards the victims, the way people were manipulated into helping the murderer and the impact on their personal lives. The author demonstrated how the officer’s families also suffered during an investigation. I have read very few books that showed this and I appreciated seeing another viewpoint from someone who just wanted to keep their family safe and feeling  misunderstood.

This looks like a series that I’m going to like a lot. Whilst most of the focus is on Henley and Ramouter other members of the team are shown quite well and I would like to get to know them more. Esra, in particular, was one who intrigued me. 

I also liked a lot, the prominence of the handful of characters who were manipulated into doing things they knew were wrong. 

I found this to be a fascinating read, I will be reading The Binding Man very soon.

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