Review: HANGMAN by Jack Heath

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Thank you so much Hanover Square Press and Harlequin Books for providing my free copy – all opinions are my own. 


A boy vanishes on his way home from school. His frantic mother receives a ransom call: pay or else. It’s only hours before the deadline, and the police have no leads. Enter Timothy Blake, an FBI consultant with a knack for solving impossible cases but whose expertise comes at a price. Every time he saves a life, he takes one, trying to satisfy an urge he fears he can only control for so long. And this time Blake may have met his match. The kidnapper is more cunning and ruthless than any he’s faced before. And he’s been assigned a new partner within the Bureau: a woman linked to the past he’s so desperate to forget. Because he has a secret, one so dark he will do anything to keep it hidden.

My Review: 

So this is different. I’m not exactly sure where to start but think Dexter, meets Sherlock Holmes, meets Hannibal Lecter. Intrigued? There is a depth of depravity to this thriller that I LOVE. It’s grisly, vile, menacing, horrendous in nature, and insanely CLEVER.

When called upon, Timothy Blake assists the FBI on crucial and difficult cases. He’s not an agent himself, just a citizen with a nasty habit. The FBI takes care of ‘his needs’ in exchange for his genius mind and impeccable problem solving skills. There are a string of kidnappings and the FBI needs Blake on this one. And he’s not only a genius, he’s a lovable sociopath. That’s right, I said it…lovable. The case is not predictable as there are so many moving parts that appear throughout, mixed with puzzles and clues. I love the riddles at the head of each chapter, which just adds to the originality of this brilliant novel. I had no idea what would happen until the reveal which just warms my black heart.

HANGMAN is a quickly paced, taut thriller that I recommend to anyone who enjoys all things dark, disturbing, twisted, and wicked with an unseemly flawed but amiable character.

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars!

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