Thoughts

I don’t know what it is about a book having the word “Man” in the title, but I have loved every single one of them.  The Whisper Man, The Chalk Man, The Chestnut Man and so on.  I knew this one would be no different, and maybe its because they all involve some type of murder/serial killer.

Years ago Detective Inspector Henley caught the Jigsaw Killer aka Peter Olivier.  Barely surviving the capture she now suffers with PTSD.  Henley thought it was over, her husband thought it was over but now there is a Jigsaw Copycat hacking up bodies but who could it be?  Olivier, not one to be shown up, escapes and goes on a hunt of his own.  Now there are 2 serial killers for Henley to find.

This book is not for those who shy away from gory details.  We’re talking body parts here.  Olivier stopped after he hacked up his victims, but the copycat is going one step further and takes souvenirs.  This killer also keeps the victims awake so they can see what he’s doing to them, but they can’t feel anything due to being injected with a numbing drug.  So reading from the victims POV was a little disturbing.  Some of the gore scenes got to me so much that I could not read about it around any meal times.  I also don’t like reading about people vomiting which happens plenty in this read.  You’ve been warned!  

Even with all that going on I loved this book!  I knew I would.  Henley is struggling big time with the aftermath of the first Jigsaw Killer, but now there is copycat?!  I admired her for pushing forward and not giving up even though it was ruining her home life. Coming in at under 500 pages this is a massive take on, but if you love books with serial killers you won’t want to miss this one.  I feel like the ending was left open for a follow up, and I really hope it happens! 

I won this book from a giveaway on Instagram, but you can grab your copy March 16, 2021.

Book Rating: 5/5

Wine Pairing:  Francis Coppola Diamond Collection Cabernet Sauvignon

 

Goodreads Synopsis

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.