Publisher: Hanover Square Press + Harlequin Audio
Release Date: March 16, 2021
Genre: Fiction / Police Procedural / Mystery
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.
Holy moly! Everyone stop what you are doing and buy The Jigsaw Man by Nadine Matheson, ESPECIALLY if you love police procedurals. Not only is this a debut, but it is also very gritty, detailed, and immersive. It is very heavy on the procedural aspect, so if you aren’t a fan of those this might not be the book for you. I happen to love them, and Matheson really gets down and dirty with it. This is not for the squeamish and I would compare it to reading a Karin Slaughter novel when it comes to gore. It was a very gruesome read but not done gratuitously and it really fit with the story. I loved Matheson’s writing straight away, and I am still shocked over the fact that this is a debut which is why I keep saying it. It is very complex with lots of moving parts, and the ending blew me away.
The audiobook is also a star, narrated by Davine Henry. She did such an incredible job narrating and is exactly how I would have expected Henley to sound. She has only narrated two other books which I couldn’t see myself reading, so I hope she will choose to narrate the rest of this series and other books to come. Since this is book one of a series (like I said), we also get to know our main character Henley pretty well. She is a great female lead and it sounds to me like we will be digging deeper into her story in books to come. The serial killer aspect was absolutely terrifying, and while this is a slower burn overall, it definitely has its moments. I actually saw Matheson during a virtual author event and from that moment knew I need to own and read The Jigsaw Man. I was not disappointed in the slightest and I can’t wait to see what book two will bring!