Title: The Jigsaw Man
Author: Nadine Matheson
Publisher: Hanover Square Press
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 496
Date of Publication: March 16, 2021
My Rating: 5 Stars
Detective Inspector Anjelica Henley has a lot to deal with on her first day back her from leave from the Serial Crimes Unit of Scotland Yard. After nearly becoming a victim of the vicious serial killer, The Jigsaw Man, just before he was put behind bars, she also has to contend with the subtle digs and microaggressions that come with being the unit’s only black female detective. Add a new trainee and a rocky marriage to the mix, and DI Henley nearly has a full plate. Until the first call comes in...
Along the Thames, a fan of the Jigsaw Man and copycat killer has scattered two dismembered bodies along the shores like a jigsaw puzzle. When DI Henley sees one of the victims, a young black woman, is already being written off by her colleagues, she makes it her mission to solve the case, driving her to seek help from the original Jigsaw Man himself, Peter Oliver. Oliver, however, is determined to get to his copycat before Henley can, and sets into motion a series of events that puts Henley and her family in the crosshairs of two monstrous serial killers.
Taking on issues like dementia, misogyny, the less-dead, and trauma with the nuance and expertise that can only come from experience, Nadine Matheson folds a shocking narrative and issue driven dialogue into a heart-pounding and compulsively readable crime procedural. THE JIGSAW MAN is the self-aware, genre-rocking debut thriller fans have been hungry for.
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DI Anjelica Henley has her hands full for more than one reason. Professionally, she is after a copycat serial killer. Also, she struggles with racism due to her position as a BIPOC Detective Inspector. Furthermore, as she works her current case she clearly sees resemblance to a previous serial killer case. The killer was given the name Jigsaw Killer. He is Peter Oliver and is in prison. However, his signature is being found on recent victims.
As difficult as it is, Anjelica heads to the prison that is holding Oliver to see if he is aware of who the copycat killer could possibly be. Oliver is not taking this lightly. In fact, the danger that surrounds him increases exponentially, especially as he refuses to accept that the limelight surrounding his kills might be taken off of him.
Meanwhile, the deeper Anjelica investigates, the closer she herself comes to danger. Trying to discover the motive for the recent murders is no easy task. Just as it is not easy to discover solid clues as to who the killer could be.
The twists and turns in this book, the plot, the grittiness - well, it all worked remarkably well together to create an incredibly intriguing book. Be aware, there are some very dark and disturbing moments in this book. I also want to note that Nadine Matheson is said to be a debut novelist. She is debuting in this genre, as she has written a previous book. Nonetheless, her entry in this field is definitely a job well-done.
Many thanks to Hanover Square Press and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
When Nadine is not writing, she works as a criminal lawyer and lecturer. She lives in London and in her fantasy life would write comic books for a living.
Where You Can Find Nadine