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The Jigsaw Man

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I absolutely loved this read! it's a bit of a rollercoaster, filled with rising body counts and great characterisation. Detective Henley is suffering from PTSD after being stabbed whilst arresting a murderer. It's a compelling, dark, gritty read and my only complaint, it's just a bit too drawn out. Apart from that little gripe from me, it's a fantastic debut from Nadine Matheson with a cliffhanger of an ending and I would recommend the read. Thanks to Net Galley for my ARC.
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There is a lot of blood and gore in this book but what else would you expect in a book about serial killers that chop their victims up!
I have a great deal of respect for the author as she must have put an immense amount of work into the story, timeline and main character progression. I would love to speak to the author to find out mire how she managed to keep track of all the characters. 
I was really engrossed in the first half to two thirds of the book and after that, although the actual storyline was good there were just too many characters and too much detail and sadly I felt lost and ended up skimming through chapters near the end.  I don’t think it would have been possible to cut this into two seperatevbooks due to the fast pace and movement of the story but maybe this was just a case where less would have meant more. It feels awkward saying that the book was too detailed but I hope the author understands where I am coming from. 
This author is definitely someone I will be watching for in the future and I feel she has a great future ahead of her. 
Many thanks to NetGalley, the publishers and author for providing me with an electronic advanced review copy of this book in return for an unbiased review.
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This was a very gruesome tale. 
An interesting, well-plotted story with some very well written characters and I like how it has been left open to revisit at a later date.
My only note is that it felt a little long in places.
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would like to thank netgalley and the publisher for letting me read this gripping novel

the jigsaw man is in prison serving out his life sentences
a copycat killer is out there murdering people with the same m.o as the jigsaw man

what links the murders together and why are they being murdered...

a gripping novel that kept me on the edge of the my seat, brilliantly written and characters are well established and likeable...

will be keeping an eye out for more of this authors books
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The Jigsaw Man by Nadine Matheson is a marvellous, exciting contemporary crime murder suspense. It was totally gripping and consumed me from the start.
The novel concerns a copycat killer who grabs both the readers and the police’s attention. Nadine Matheson has very cleverly constructed and executed her plotline. It was intricate and well thought out. I completely lost myself within the novel – getting up in the morning believing I needed to check the progress on the Jigsaw Man! I had convinced myself the case was real!
I found the characters within the law enforcement to be realistic and likable. The leading lady was thorough in her job and tenacious as she kept going in spite of suffering from PTSD. The scene where she dissolved into tears made her easy to relate to.
There was an eclectic mix of shady characters as the London underworld came to life.
The descriptive narrative enabled the reader to ‘walk’ through some rather gruesome crime scenes as well as the murky docklands.
I am hoping that this book is just the first in a series following Inspector Henley and her team as I feel there are more crimes out there for them to solve.
Nadine Matheson is a new name to me and I think she will be big in crime fiction. I certainly cannot wait to read more by her.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.
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The Jigsaw Man was in prison for his crimes, so who was the copycat? The story is decently paced though some of the dialogue was clunky. I could sort of see the direction the plot would take but there were some nice unexpected moments too.

I didn’t really warm to the main character, DI Anjelica Henley. She made decisions I wasn’t on board with and seemed rather too judgemental for my liking. Her partner, Salim Ramouter, was a more rounded and likeable character. I’d read another book with this pairing, but I’d want Anjelica to have sorted herself out a bit! 

Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for my copy of this book.
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A most enjoyable tale, if a story about chopped up people can be called enjoyable! Seriously, a well crafted story that has appeared before but, notwithstanding, this one is different enough from the others to be a good read. Featuring a DI who is almost as "broken" as the criminals she is pursuing made for interesting counterpoints. Certainly worth a read.
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There is a lot happening in The Jigsaw Man. A serial killer in prison and a copycat killer wreaking havoc on the streets of London, it’s up to DI Angelica Henley and her team to catch him before it’s too late. Having just returned to active duty, Henley is called to a scene where dismembered body parts from two victims have been discovered by the river. The MO bears striking resemblance to the murders carried out by Peter Olivier, the notorious jigsaw killer who is currently residing at HMP Belmarsh. Can Henley find the new killer or will Olivier get to him first?

I found this to be tense, gripping and hard to put down with a well thought out plot that progressed at a good pace. I really liked the main character who faces the daily struggle of being back on active duty and also trying to be a wife and mother. She’s a strong character but definitely has some chinks in her armour that make her appealing. I look forward to reading more from this author and would rate this book 4 stars. Thank you to NetGalley, HQ and the author for the chance to review.
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Body parts are being found washed up on the banks of the River Thames. It looks suspiciously like the work of notorious serial killer Peter Olivier.. But Olivier is in prison serving a life sentence for the murders he committed… DI Anjelica Henley has a copycat killer on her hands…

I really enjoyed this one. It had everything that I want from a book. There was murder, it was gruesome and gory and violent. The story line was fantastic it had real Robert Bryndza Nine Elms vibes which I loved. The relationships between the characters felt authentic and real with enough back story for us to get a good feel for them. 

My only tiny criticism was that it felt too long. I would have like it to have had a slightly faster pace and flow to it. The actual nitty gritty details of the story were fab but there was something not quite right about how it flowed off the page as you read it. 

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed our time together. But I wish it was a bit more of the frantic page turner that I was hoping for.
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*Disclaimer I was permitted an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review through NetGalley *

This is a debut novel by the author. 

It tells the story of a serial killer who ends up with a copy cat killer, who tries to copy his killing style of chopping bodies up.

DI Henley is given the case to investigate after being away recovering from her injuries in obtained from the original killer and his obsession with her. Has she returned to work too soon?

This book is particularly gory and very descriptive in places, so not sure I’d recommend it for someone who didn’t like gruesome images but has a particular vivid imagination. 

I did enjoy this book, I did however feel this should be the second book in a series as there is quite a lot of background to the characters that had to be quickly glossed over in thoughts or conversations so that the story. Made sense.

Great debut novel but I felt the need for a prequel.
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#TheJigsawMan #NetGalley 
A good read. 
When bodies start washing up along the banks of the River Thames, DI Henley fears it is the work of Peter Olivier, the notorious Jigsaw Killer. But it can’t be him; Olivier is already behind bars, and Henley was the one who put him there.The race is on before more bodies are found.
She’d hoped she’d never have to see his face again, but Henley knows Olivier might be the best chance they have at stopping the copycat killer. But when Olivier learns of the new murders, helping Henley is the last thing on his mind . 
Go for it. It's a good read. 
Thanks to NetGalley and HQ for giving me an advanced copy this book.
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Unputdownable book! Riveting and gruesome but a page turner nonetheless.. Awaiting more books from Nadine Matheson.
     Get ready for a fast paced ride. Fasten your seat belts! Grab a copy of this fabulous book.  As the body count increases, hunt for the killer is charged up.
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This is one of a few new books that follow the hunt and capture of a serial killer. DI Henley is given the task of finding and solving the numerous murders by her nemesis, Olivier, a twisted and cruel individual. We are introduced to several characters so you had to work a little hard to remember who they all were once the book started to take shape. It’s not a story for the faint hearted, there are some gruesome scenes and revelations. I wouldn’t say it is a page turner all the way through,  you could only read so much before needing a break from the complexities of the murders. Nevertheless it is very well written, perhaps a tad too long. It’s one of the best serial killer books around at the moment.
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If you like your serial killer thrillers a little on the gruesome side, then The Jigsaw Man by Nadine Matheson may be just what you are looking for. Nothing in this book is unnecessarily gratuitous, with few exceptions we meet the victims after the fact, but the manner of death is without doubt macabre, and the implications of what is discovered by the police, somewhat unsettling. But it is thrilling and it is engrossing and this was a book that had me completely sucked in from the very beginning.

The book introduces readers to DI Anjelica Henley who has been on desk duties since she was viciously attacked whilst apprehending a suspect. Now this is one hell of a case to break her back into active duty as SIO, and one which triggers unwelcome memories bearing all the hallmarks of the case that nearly broke her. I liked Henley as a character. She is both tough and vulnerable, and as a black officer in the police, someone who is faced with a certain kind of prejudice. It is well balanced, a keen observation of how Henley is perceived and treated by people both as a woman and as a black officer, but it does not overly define her or the story. She makes mistakes, she is aware of her failings, but she is drive by a sense of justice. She's an intriguing and authentically flawed character who I'm certainly looking forward to hearing more from.

This case is a complex and twisted one, with clear links to Henley's last case but seemingly no logical way in which it can be. The perpetrator of those heinous crimes is behind bars, so it becomes a question of whether this could be a copycat or an accomplice. Henley's greatest fear is in facing her attacker, the eponymous Jigsaw Killer, Peter Olivier, a character who is that special blend of charming and sinister. You can see the impact of his nature in the very early scenes in which we meet him, in the trust in which he is held in spite of his crimes and it is that which twists, grows and informs the direction of the story. He is definitely a character to be wary of, although there is also an almost sympathetic edge to the way in which he is portrayed. He is undoubtedly a cold blooded killer, but for the most part, there is a clinical nature to his behaviour which is almost understandable, if not forgivable.

I some ways this story reminds me of a couple of other books I had read before, which meant I had a fair idea of which direction the author was going to take the story, and a pretty good idea of who was behind the murders relatively early on. It didn't mar my enjoyment of the story though and with a fast pace, an underlying and undulating tension and a real sense of jeopardy and threat throughout, I was glued to the pages as I powered through to the high stakes showdown.  This was an exciting and compelling read with characters I could both loathe and root for, as well as characters who left me completely exasperated. Overall I am definitely looking forward to reading more and recommend this to thriller readers everywhere.
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I have just finished reading The Jigsaw Man and I am trying to think how I felt about it.  First and foremost I loved the police characters and all their back stories they were all very realistic.  Not so keen that there were so many characters to try and remember who they all were..  I am still not sure why the copycat killer started killing.  It is certainly very gory and not for the fainthearted..

I also felt that the book was a bit too long and repetitive in some parts and rather slow.  When it did pick up speed it was really good..  The ending felt rather contrived and it has been left for a follow up.  I am not sure that I would read another in the series.  I wish the end had been defined.

Many thanks to NetGalley and HQ for my ARC for which I have given my unbiased review.
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Wow. What a totally gripping novel.   As other reviewers have said it is very very gory, but after an initial quite slow start it suddenly hit you and I was totally gripped throughout. I can definitely see this book doing brilliant on its release.  It deserves to. Let’s hope it’s the start of many for this author.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for allowing me to read a preview copy of this book.
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4 Stars from me

DI Angelica Henley was a fab character to follow as she tried to catch The Jigsaw Man, her passion for her job was wonderful and the conflict with her homelife felt all too real.

Well, I say The Jigsaw Man, but I can't be him as he is in prison - where he has been since Henley's last brush with him... from which she very much bears the physical and emotional scars.

So, if he is still inside, who is killing people in his style - and why?

This reads like a very accomplished crime thriller series and even found myself quite liking the oh so creepy Peter Olivier!
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This is a fast paced and slightly gruesome thriller: an excellent debut novel.

A serial killer is on the loose in London and the murders appear to copy cat those of a prisoner, Peter Olivier, who is now serving life for his crimes. DI Anjelica Henley along with her boss DSI Stephen Pellacia are in charge of the investigation. Henley has a history will Olivier having been involved with his prosecution. Early in their inquiries they realise that they need to interview Olivier about similarities and the scenes between Henley and Olivier are very well done and decidedly unsettling..

The characters are diverse and their depictions are really authentic. You get the benefit of their back stories which really add to their depth.

The plot is very clever and deftly described. My attention was held from the beginning and it was hard to put the book down. There is plenty of tension and a cliff hanger of an ending. I'm looking forward to reading more by this author and seriously hope that a sequel is under production.

Thank you to NetGalley and HQ Stories for an ARC is exchange for an honest review.
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Yet another book which I’m sure I would have read much faster had things been different in the world. The Jigsaw Man is a gruesome and chilling read. Although it had some cliche moments some characters were different with original background stories which I haven’t read about before so I do hope there’s more to come. The body count is high with some interesting twists and whilst it kept my attention it wasn’t one of those books I couldn’t put down it was an enjoyable read. With thanks to HQ and Netgalley for an advance copy.
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The Jigsaw Man is the very gruesome and gory story of a serial killer and a copycat. It was an interesting story with well written, realistic characters. It was just a bit gory for my taste but I can see it appealing to a large number of people.

Thank you to NetGalley and HQ for my ARC
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