20 Books of Summer Book 15 Review – The Binding Room

Title: The Binding Room (Inspector Henley #2)

Author: Nadine Matheson

Genre:  Mystery & Thriller

Goodreads Rating: 4.32

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Source: ARC

Synopsis:

Detective Anjelica Henley confronts a series of ritualistic murders in this heart-pounding thriller about race, power and the corrupt institutions that threaten us

When Detective Anjelica Henley is called to investigate the murder of a popular preacher in his own church, she discovers a second victim, tortured and tied to a bed in an upstairs room. He is alive, but barely, and his body shows signs of a dark religious ritual.

With a revolving list of suspects and the media spotlight firmly on her, Henley is left with more questions than answers as she attempts to untangle both crimes. But when another body appears, the case takes on a new urgency. Unless she can apprehend the killer, the next victim may just be Henley herself.

Drawing on her experiences as a criminal attorney, Nadine Matheson deftly explores issues of race, class and justice through an action-packed story that will hold you captive until the last terrifying page.

My Review:

I’d like to thank NetGalley and HQ for approving me for an ARC of this book. I thoroughly enjoyed The Jigsaw Man and was looking forward to seeing where this one went.

The story starts a few weeks after where the first book left off. It is clear that Anjelica and her team, particularly DC Ramouter, are still recovering after their last case but unfortunately for them a new serial killer is on the loose.

I was fascinated by this case and found myself fully engrossed in the investigation. As is the case with most of these stories the answers are hiding in plain site but Nadine Matheson is the queen of crime. Her gritty, gruesome and bloody reads are not for the faint hearted but the stories are so compelling and riveting you can’t help but get sucked in.

I love Henley. She is feisty, fierce and a true team leader. She is the glue that holds everyone together, the kind of leader that you know will defend you and protect you at all costs. Her delicate relationship with her husband and Pellacia added another layer to the story and something tells me that things are only going to get more complicated in that department. As for the rest of her team, there were some brilliant, strong characters that have interesting backgrounds, Ramouter is one of my favourites and again I’d love to see more development with him.

The short sharp chapters kept me reading and listening the whole way and whilst I had an inkling as to what one of the twists was it in no way took away from the story at all. It was a little niggle I had a few chapters before it was revealed. I was enjoying this so much that when I got to the last 30 pages and had to head out I took the book with me. No way was I leaving it behind until the evening!

If you haven’t guessed already I loved this book and I really hope there will be another addition to the series.

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