Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Ragdoll by Daniel Cole Blog Tour

I can’t believe how quickly the publication date for Ragdoll has come around. I can remember spotting it on Twitter last year back in April and February seemed like miles off! I’m thrilled to be taking part in the blog tour. Ragdoll is a book that you do not want to miss!


The nation is gripped by the infamous ‘Ragdoll killer.’
Your friends, your family and your neighbours are all talking about it.
‘...utterly addictive with brilliant characters and a killer twist you will never see coming – the best debut I’ve ever read.’ Rachel Abbott, No. 1 bestselling author.
‘A star is born. Killer plot. Killer pace. Twisted killer and a killer twist. Kill to get a copy.’ Simon Toyne, Sunday Times bestselling author.
‘A brilliant, breathless thriller. If you liked Se7en, you’ll love this!’  M.J. Arlidge, Sunday Times bestselling author.

Believe the hype. Sold in over 32 countries and counting, RAGDOLL is the standout thriller of the year.

A body is discovered with the dismembered parts of six victim stitched together like a puppet, nicknamed by the press as the ‘ragdoll.’

Assigned to the shocking case are Detective William ‘Wolf’ Fawkes, recently reinstated to the London Met, and his former partner Detective Emily Baxter.

The ‘Ragdoll Killer’ taunts the police by releasing a list of names to the media, and the dates on which he intends to murder them.

With six people to save, can Fawkes and Baxter catch a killer when the world is watching their every move?


At 33 years old, Daniel Cole has worked as a paramedic, an RSPCA officer and most recently for the RNLI, driven by an intrinsic need to save people or perhaps just a guilty conscience about the number of characters he kills off in his writing.

He currently lives in sunny Bournemouth and can usually be found down the beach when he ought to be writing book two instead.


I’m always a little wary when it comes to a lot of hype surrounding a book, for me I often end up thinking, what was all the fuss about? But Ragdoll deserves all the attention and hype that it is getting. Ragdoll is one of the best thrillers of the year.

In Daniel Cole’s debut, we meet Detective William Oliver Layton-Fawkes, aka Wolf, to his team and members of the press. Four years ago, Wolf headed up the enquiry into a series of murders publicised by the press as ‘The Cremation killings.’ After losing control on the final day of the trial, which almost ended his career, Wolf was subjected to months of psychological assessment before returning to the police force.

When Wolf arrives on the scene in the present day, he is faced with a career defining cadaver, which his colleague Baxter excitedly describes as: ‘the one, a once-in-a-career case.’ One body, six victims sewn together to make a corpse; the cadaver is soon dubbed by the press as the Ragdoll and has everyone in the media world talking and speculating. Whilst Wolf and his team are trying to identify the body parts, the investigation into the killing steps up a pace when the killer releases a list of six names to the press and six dates on which the killer intends to murder them. The final name on the list is Wolf’s.

Daniel Cole has created a stunning cast of characters in his first novel. I would have to say that my favourite character was Baxter; I loved her wit and sense of humour which made me laugh out loud in places. I found myself feeling sorry for Edmunds, who is trying to impress the team and crack the case before anyone else, but he struggles to juggle his work and home life together, especially as his girlfriend, Tia, is pregnant.

There are some clever and original ideas in this book, you can see the influence from Daniel's days working as a paramedic. If you love crime, I challenge you not to love this book. Many thanks to Ben Willis and Sam Eades at Trapeze for the advance review copy. 

Publisher: Trapeze 
Publication date: 23rd February 2017
Print length: 384 pages 


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