Today (its later than normal) I am talking about The Jigsaw Man by Nadine Matheson. This Crime Thriller set in the South East of London. Matheson I found brought something special to this book and it was the knowledge of the area and the Police that had me fascinated.
Thank you to HQ Stories for the eARC via NetGalley. I can’t believed I waited to read this book. All thoughts and opinions on this review are my own.
The Jigsaw Man by Nadine Matheson
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.
I am no stranger to a gritty Crime Thriller, I mean I love them the grittier the better and this one definitely hit the level. Nadine Matheson I felt brought something extra to this book and I felt like I was back in the Police again. This is the first book in quite a while that I have stayed up past midnight reading as I needed to know what happens.
The book follows Detective Inspector Angelica Henley. She has gone through it, she survived being attacked by the Jigsaw Killer that is now serving several life sentences in prison but someone has started killing again with the same modus operandi that Peter Olivier aka the Jigsaw Killer had. DI Henley suffered at the hands of the Jigsaw Killer and is struggling with her own mental health, having to face him again along with issues with her work and home life, you can see her crumbling.
Boy oh boy, I LOVED this book. Seriously I started it on Tuesday (13th April) and stayed awake until past midnight so I could see what happened. I was invested in DI Angelica Henley, I wanted to know what happened not only with the Jigsaw Killer but with her personal life as well.
The book starts with her finding two bodies dismembered and strewn across South East London. You can see DI Henley struggle from page one, with her suffering from PTSD and struggling with her personal life due to her job. I could feel the tension she was suffering and the several ways that she was pulled. I will say coming from a Police background there is a bond that you have with your fellow officers. You see and hear things that you wouldn’t if you weren’t working within the Force. The tension that I saw between Angelica and her husband is what I have felt, you feel that when the partner isn’t part of the “clique” they don’t understand. It is hard to leave the job at the office when you are trying to protect and serve.
Lets get onto the gruesome bit.
So there are definitely trigger warnings in this book. There is mention of Sexual Assault, Assault, dismemberment, kidnapping, talk of suicide.
The book at times is GRUESOME. I mean you get Forensic details of the bodies that were found. This doesn’t bother me as I enjoy reading about it and found that they were pretty accurate and needed in this book. You can tell that Nadine Matheson had done her research and that she knew what she was talking or in this case writing about.
The characters are some of the best that I have read. DI Angelica Henley is relatable, you can feel her emotion throughout the book not only about getting justice for the victims but as her as a person. I also want to say that I really liked that she was a POC and that Nadine Matheson wrote about the struggle that Angelica had being a black woman in the Police Force and the stigma that she had not only from her family but others due to her profession. I liked that Henley had her faults, she was suffering from PTSD and trying to overcome it without help. I felt that she needed to hit rock bottom before she acknowledged that she needed the help.
Trainee Detective Constable Salim Ramouter was another favourite. Again he has a backstory that broke your heart but you can see the willingness he had to learn and be the best he can be. The fact that he got on well with Henley is always a bonus and I liked their interactions they had.
Right onto the villain – Peter Olivier aka the Jigsaw Killer. He is pretty much the best villain there is going. He was a victim himself of sexual assault and badly assaulted whilst in the army and the perpetrators were found not guilty. He went off on a crime spree killing those that had hurt him. This all came throughout the book and you didn’t get bombarded with all the information. You can see the relationship between Olivier and Henley and it made the book that much more enjoyable to me.
I liked that the book felt it should of been the second in the series after the events of what happened when the Jigsaw Killer was on the first rampage. I did however thoroughly enjoy the book and felt that Nadine Matheson had brought enough backstory to this book that allowed you to follow the investigation.
I am desperately hoping that there is going to be a second book with all the characters as I feel invested! Also with a certain uncertainty at the end I need to know what happens now!