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 do love a ritualistic killing (in books peeps, in books only) and this was SO good. We start with the murder of a preacher Caleb Annan in his own church. He’s been stabbed 49 times in a frenzied attack and left bleeding to death on the floor.

But that is only the beginning of the puzzle. In a locked room, Detective Inspector Anjelica Henley and her team find the body of a young man in a locked room upstairs. He’s been tied to a bed, tortured and his body shows signs of a dark religious ritual. But amazingly this one is still alive – just. If he survives, maybe he can tell the police who did this to him. Was it Caleb? Or did his torturer kill the preacher? Or maybe they are not related at all.

Caleb’s body was discovered by his cleaner Uliana Piontek. But is she lying when she says he was already dead when she entered the church and why was she there late at night? Did she kill him? She had both motive and opportunity. But then so did Caleb’s wife, the indomitable and frankly terrifying Serena.

Then another victim turns up and the case is blown wide open. We now have more suspects and more motives. And it turns out that Caleb wasn’t all he was cracked up to be.

Apart from the murders, The Binding Room also delves into Henley’s past, her PTSD, her marriage to Rob, her previous relationship with her boss Stephen Pellacia, her friendship with her partner DC Ramouter and much more that follows on from book one which I have to admit I haven’t read. I wish I had, but you can still enjoy The Binding Room without having done so.

A great heart-pumping, fast-paced police procedural which I thoroughly enjoyed in spite of some of the grisly descriptions of the ritualistic murders. But then I’m OK with those so long as no babies or animals are harmed in the story.

Many thanks to The Pigeonhole, and my fellow Pigeons for making this such an enjoyable read. 

About the Author

Nadine Matheson was born and lives in London. She began her working life at the BBC and now practices as a criminal defence lawyer. In 2016, she won the City University Crime Writing Competition and completed the Creative Writing (Crime/Thriller Novels) MA at City University of London with Distinction in 2018. Her crime fiction novel, The Jigsaw Man, was published by HQ on 18 February 2021 and Hanover Square Press on 16 March 2021. The Jigsaw Man has been optioned for TV by Monumental Television.

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