Book Review: The Jigsaw Man

THE JIGSAW MAN | Nadine Matheson
(Inspector Anjelica Henley #1)
03.16.2021 | Hanover Square Press
Rating: 4.5/5 stars


Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery…

DI Anjelica Henley has been tasked with finding a killer who recently left body parts from his victims along the banks of the River Thames in Deptford. Henley can’t help but notice how closely the crimes mirror those of 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 realizes that this copycat killer has taken a personal interest in her and that the victims might not be as random as they originally thought. Who is this copycat and what’s their motive?

I could have told you I would read this book based solely on the title and no one would be surprised. Serial killers and police procedurals make my cold heart feel all fuzzy inside and THE JIGSAW MAN absolutely checked all of the boxes I look for in these books. Creepy and gory? Check! Detective with a troubled past? Check! Serial killer out for vengeance? Check!

As the start to what I hope will be a long running series, THE JIGSAW MAN succeeds in setting the stage for Henley and the promise of interesting cases. I loved that Matheson was able to form a solid foundation surrounding Henley and her backstory, while also leaving room for more revelations to come. The entire story kept me on the edge of my seat and trying to guess what was going to come next for Henley and our killers. There was also a solid cliffhanger of an ending that has me wanting the next installment ASAP! 

If you’re a fan of darker crime fiction or police procedurals this is definitely one you want to pick up!

This book is available to buy from: Amazon | Book Depository

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