Ragdoll by Daniel Cole

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    While I haven’t been on a lot of roller coasters in my life, I can assure you that this was one ride that never wanted to slow down! Daniel Cole’s debut thriller is the story of Detective William ‘Wolf’ Fawkes and it is action-packed from cover to cover. Reinstated to his post after a controversial case surrounding the Cremation Killer, Wolf returns to duty with a case that will leave anyone completely baffled. It is upon arriving at a crime scene featuring one body, but six different victims, that the ride reaches its peak. This is the beginning of a deranged individual that will forever be known as the Ragdoll Killer. Things however doesn’t stop getting weirder from there. It’s one thing to find pieces of different bodies sewn together, but it’s another thing when Wolf’s reporter ex-wife arrives with photographs of a yet-to-be released crime scene and a list of names with dates on which the so-called Ragdoll Killer plans to take their lives. Ragdoll is a fantastic debut that promises to deliver fans of crime novels and thriller a brand new detective to follow in his adventures.

    You’d think that knowing who the next victim through a murder list would make things a lot easier for the police, but Daniel Cole has news for you. Ragdoll is a fast-paced, completely progressive and riveting crime fiction. It incorporates dark humour that never destroys the darker atmosphere of the story as well as brilliant, complex and flawed characters to keep the story engaging and entertaining, without ever feeling stagnant or ludicrous. While William Fawkes remains our scarred, independent and clever lead detective, the story also features countless other point of views that also adds additional insight on their respective personalities, presents us wit the history between characters and brings us to question each and everyone on their motives and desires. While you’ll quickly spot character types that are often seen in police procedural stories, such as the newbie who tries to gain the trust of his veteran comrades or the old-man veteran detective who’s seen it all, there isn’t an instant throughout this story where you won’t want to know more on these characters. The best part of this story is the interaction between each character. These moments were always such a joy to go through as they reminded us that everyone was still human, but some were also monsters.

    Daniel Cole also incorporates flashback sequences fluently throughout the story to add context regarding present day actions of Detective William Fawkes. While they aren’t so frequent, they definitely bring in all the hurt and weight that he has endured to this present day. Let’s not forget to mention that the writing is near perfect. It captures the fast-pace, danger-around-the-corner and stressful times as the life of several individuals are in the hands of the police. Daniel Cole also does a phenomenal job in slowing things down when it matters in order to emphasize the emotions and the struggles that everyone goes through in their own personal lives as each of their moves become of paramount importance. Ragdoll doesn’t solely rely on the crime story to deliver its thriller. The author also blends in the whole journalistic and media role in sensational crime events like this one. It is amazing how cruel, cold-blooded and insensitive people in that business can be, and it’s even more impressive how the author shows Wolf’s reporter ex-wife’s perspective on it all as she struggles between professionalism and her own humanity.

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    If you’re looking for your next crime thriller, you can be sure to be entertained with this one. Fun in so many ways, Ragdoll remarkably infuses dark humour, complex characters and unexpected plot twists into a time-sensitive killing spree story. The author also does an impressive job in leaving everyone mysterious enough to have readers wondering on their own culpability in the matter. Offering readers a brilliant debut, Daniel Cole succeeds in laying out the table for great adventures around a cast of characters that will never seize to impress. While the ending suffered from the breakneck pace, it still wrapped things up in the right way to keep fans excited for the future adventures to come. It is not every day that you’ll run into a thriller relatively dark and funny, and that is able to maintain an excellent momentum throughout the whole story. Detective William ‘Wolf’ Fawkes will surely go down as another great lead detective to join the ranks of those that we already love to this day.


THANK YOU TO HARPERCOLLINS CANADA FOR SENDING ME AN ADVANCE COPY FOR REVIEW!

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40 thoughts on “Ragdoll by Daniel Cole

    • Lashaan (Bookidote) says:

      So glad to hear someone who had planned to checking this out! It’s actually quite fun. Thank you so much for reading and I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did! 😀

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    • Lashaan (Bookidote) says:

      I do love it when the humour actually manages to make me smile! I found it was pretty well-balanced and made these characters so much more fun to tag along with. I’m so glad to hear your interest in reading this though! Hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did. Thank you again for checking out my review! 😀

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  1. LizScanlon says:

    OK, you got us all excited here!
    The minute I read that there are photos of the next crime scenes and list of victims, etc I was like- well, how is this made to work? Obviously, it was made to work for the benefit of the story. Fabulous review 🙂

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    • Lashaan (Bookidote) says:

      Oops! 😀 😀 That ragdoll crime scene is just the first layer of the story told. While you’d think that identifying the 6 individuals and catching the culprit somehow would be enough for a crime thriller, this book adds the list of victims from the Ragdoll killer just to add extra pressure. Definitely an interesting and FUN story! 😀 Thank you so much for reading!

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  2. Donna says:

    This book sounds perfect for the crime lover I am 😀 I love that the characters seem to have a little something that makes them thicker than the usual police workers clichés we often get, and their interactions sound like a great addition to the creepy investigation!

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    • Lashaan (Bookidote) says:

      Oh man, I have the feeling that you’ll have fun with this one. The interactions definitely make this so much more interesting. Each character has a story of their own, and its nice to read it all without ever feeling like “Man… I’ve seen that before…”

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    • Lashaan (Bookidote) says:

      I know right? Sounds like such a hassle to exhibit such a thing too. Funny little coincidence, there’s a quote from Gregg Hurwitz on the back of this book. Can’t tell you yet if these two authors share similarities till I read Orphan X or any of his books, but I thought that was nice to know! 😀

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    • Lashaan (Bookidote) says:

      Hahahahah I love how you started your comment with a big fat “STOP”. I could say the same for so many of those books that I just can’t wait to try that you’ve read, reviewed and raved about! This is definitely an exciting and fun read. I wouldn’t say it’s super dark/creepy/twister though. It had its moments, but there’s something more “exciting” and “entertaining” to the way the story is told! I felt like the dosage of humour and darkness was so well-balanced and perfect for the pace that the book will just get gulped up easily by readers. I heard the book was initially a screenplay that Daniel Cole wanted it turned into a TV series, but after getting numerous rejections, he turned it into an exciting page-turner crime thriller. Now his book manage to capture the attention of producers and is planned to be turned into a TV series some day in the future!

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      • Books, Vertigo and Tea says:

        Funny how that works with screenplays and vice versa!

        Sort of related/not related story involving books and screenplays:
        Neil Gaiman wrote the show Neverwhere first from my understanding and the book was born out of the fact that he was disappointed with how much they made him cut for television. Both very fun though 😉

        I think I will see if I can borrow this from our local library. I am trying to stick to budget.. which I keep failing at miserably.

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        • Lashaan (Bookidote) says:

          Ohh, that’s a fun fact! Totally understand Gaiman’s disappoint though. I can’t imagine how much they had to restrain his imagination in order to make the show happen.

          I fear your budget management struggle will stick with you… for the rest of your life and beyond. I know I’ll never be able to flee it! 😛

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  3. Sophie @ Blame Chocolate says:

    I’m not a big thriller fan but you’ve got my interest with this one. The concept sounds both chilling and fascinating and dark humor can be quite entertaining indeed! This just sounds like I’ll be in for a ride.
    If I ever decide to get into thrillers sometime, I’ll probably start with this one 🙂
    Great review, as always, Lashaaan!

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    • Lashaan (Bookidote) says:

      Oh man, that’s fantastic to hear! I found it really fun to read, and never felt like things were getting boring. I doubt it’ll disappoint you! I find that a little bit of thriller throughout the year greatly diversifies your yearly reading experience! Hopefully you’ll enjoy this whenever you decide to pick it up. Thank you so much for reading and for your kind words!! 😀

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      • Sophie @ Blame Chocolate says:

        That’s awesome! And I certainly hope so!
        Indeed 🙂 I’ve been trying to read more diversely and failed miserably XD Let’s hope this book changes that.
        Thank you so much for letting me know this existed! Always a pleasure to read you guys’s posts 😊

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  4. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    Great review for this book Lashaan. 🙂 I don’t tend to read many crime/mystery books like this, despite loving shows like CSI and Criminal Minds, but Ragdoll sounds like it has everything that makes as story in this genre a success. I’m really glad to see you enjoyed this one, will you be picking up the second book when it’s released (if this is part of a series and not a standalone).

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    • Lashaan (Bookidote) says:

      Thank you so much Beth! 😀 Funny thing is that this book will be turned into a TV series in the near future! Ragdoll really plays out well visually and can be imagined as something along the lines of Criminal Minds, in particular, or other police procedural shows. I’d definitely love to give its sequel a shot. I think the second book would more likely decide if I pursue the series though.

      – Lashaan

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      • Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

        Oh wow, maybe in that case I’ll check out the TV show and then get around to the book (for some reasons despite saying I want to start more murder mystery books I still prefer to watch them on TV).
        And in that case I hope you enjoy the second book just as much as this one, if not more! 😀

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    • Lashaan (Bookidote) says:

      Thank you so much Megan! So glad to hear that you just found something that might be just your cup of tea! 😀 I do hope you’ll enjoy it when you get the chance to read it. Thanks for reading!! 😉

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      • Megan @ bookslayerReads says:

        Thanks, Lashaan! I’m hoping I can get to it sooner, rather than later… but my reading’s been a little off lately. Plus there are just so many books being released this year that sound absolutely amazing. Plus all the books I’ve had on my TBR for the last decade. 😂 Sometimes I have a real problem not knowing where to begin, which book to read next, etc etc etc!!! I know you probably know that feeling!! 😂

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        • Lashaan (Bookidote) says:

          It would be a lie if I said I didn’t know what you were talking about! 😛 😛 The struggle is real, I tell you! Every day there’s something I want to buy or read right now! In the end, we always end up reading something that we want to read though. That’s always a consolation! 😀

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    • Lashaan (Bookidote) says:

      Oh my, I do love reading about people who’d be willing to give a genre they usually don’t read a shot after checking out my review! That always makes me soo happy! 😀 I do hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did. Thrillers are really fun when taken in in the right dosage throughout the year (while I know some people ONLY read thrillers, I don’t think I’d ever be able to do that). Thank you so much for checking my review out, I reallllllly appreciate it! 😉

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  5. Chris Evans says:

    Sounds like a really interesting book Lashaan, you have a great way of conveying the key attractions of the novel without spoiling any of the specifics. I like the fact that the author has woven dark humour into such a dark story, it seems it’s handled well here!

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    • Lashaan (Bookidote) says:

      Thank you sir! I do like to write my reviews in such a way that I myself would like reading it. The author sure does do a nice job in balancing everything, and give it all at the right pace so that readers can truly enjoy the ride! Fun stuff. 😀 Thanks for reading man!

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