Book Review – Hangman by Daniel Cole

I loved reading Ragdoll by Daniel Cole and I was very curious to know what would happen next. Daniel Cole did a great job with this well-written dark thriller.

A detective with no one to trust.
A killer with nothing to lose.


Eighteen months have passed, but the scars the Ragdoll murders left behind remain.

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 found on the Brooklyn Bridge, the word BAIT carved deep into its chest. Baxter is ordered to assist with the investigation in New York and attend the scene of another murder to discover the same word scrawled across the victim. Carved across the corpse of the killer, is the word PUPPET.

Both in the UK and the US, there are a string of bizarre murders, which echo each other. As the murders continue to grow in both spectacle and depravity, 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.


Daniel Cole

The author of Hangman, Daniel Cole (1983) worked as a paramedic when his first novel Ragdoll became an overnight success story. Both Ragdoll and Hangman are published in over 30 countries.

Addictive top thriller

I really enjoyed reading Ragdoll and I finished it in 2 days. Reading Hangman took me 4 days, but only because I was procrastinating. I wanted to enjoy this story for as long as possible. I absolutely loved it.

The prologue starts with DCI Baxter being interrogated by a special agent and it had me a bit confused. But when I was 20 pages in, I was hooked.

In this book we get to know Emily Baxter a little bit better, a character we first were introduced to in Ragdoll. Some of the other Ragdoll characters play a role in this book too, like Alex Edmunds. But in Hangman Baxter is teamed up with Damien Rouche and Elliot Curtis, two whole new intriguing characters.

The thriller has it all for me. The plot moves fast, the characters are intelligent and relatable.. It is a well-written thriller with a dose of dark humour (the spider in the hotel room.. I won’t spoil it for you, but that scene made me laugh out loud).

I would recommend reading Ragdoll first and I highly recommend reading Hangman if you like a unique thriller.

5 out of 5 stars.

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  1. Yummy! I haven’t read Daniel Cole yet but have heard a lot about him…and chocolates with a book, that was a really clever idea! I need to check what new subscription boxes are available at the moment, seems like there is more than last time I checked 😀 Great post girl!