Synopsis: DCI Emily Baxter is summoned to a meeting with US Special Agents Elliot Curtis of the FBI and Damien Rouche of the CIA. There, she is presented with photographs of the latest copycat murder: a body contorted into a familiar pose, strung up impossibly on the other side of the world, the word BAIT carved deep into its chest.
As the media pressure intensifies, Baxter is ordered to assist with the investigation and attend the scene of another murder to discover the same word scrawled across the victim, carved across the corpse of the killer – PUPPET.
As the murders continue to grow in both spectacle and depravity on both sides of the Atlantic, the team helplessly play catch up. Their only hope: to work out who the ‘BAIT’ is intended for, how the ‘PUPPETS’ are chosen but, most importantly of all, who is holding the strings.
My review: I had really high hopes for this book as Ragdoll was one of my favourite books of last year. It took me a chapter to get into the story but after that it didn’t disappoint.
In my review of Ragdoll I wondered how they were going to continue after the conclusion of that book and the answer was to focus on Emily Baxter. William Fawkes is barely mentioned throughout and so we have a whole new cast of characters as the book flips between London & New York.
We have crazed killers, mysterious cult leaders and a lot of buildings being blown up. I’m never happier as a reader than when the author throws the whole kitchen sink into the story. As long as the end ties everything up the more outlandish the story the better. And I was not disappointed.
It’s a real roller-coaster and although the twist when it came was a bit obvious and had been foreshadowed earlier I still enjoyed it and looked forward to where the reveal would take me.
Definitely emerging as one of my new favourite authors. I really enjoyed this and would recommend.
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