{Book Review} The Binding Room by Nadine Matheson

Posted October 24, 2022 by shooting in Book Review / 13 Comments

The Binding Room by Nadine Matheson

copy from Netgalley; all opinions are my own

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The Jigsaw Man was the first book in the Inspector Anjelica Henley series, and this is the second. I definitely recommend reading these books in order as it helps you get to know Henley, and her team, a lot better. These books kind of remind me of the Helen Grace series by MJ Arlidge, where it follows a female Detective Inspector and those she works with. Each book focuses on a new crime though, and Henley happens to work in the Serial Crime Unit.

I really liked this one. It was a bit of a slower start, but once it really got going, I couldn’t help but keep reading. I love that Anjelica is a Black woman and this is something that comes up in the books in terms of prejudice from other cops, and even those in the community. This is something that you don’t often see in detective fiction so it’s a welcome change.

The Binding Room deals with the death of a man who ran a church, and who referred to himself as a Prophet. However, when his repeatedly stabbed body is found, they also find an almost dead male in a hidden room who has obviously been starved and tortured. What is going on, and is the dead pastor involved?

Most of the book follows Anjelica’s POV, but we also get her partner and those involved in these supposed kidnapping/torture. I appreciated this because it helps deliver a more well-rounded picture of the case. I definitely did not guess who was involved, and you do get a chance to figure it out (at least for one person involved), which is always exciting with a mystery novel!

Definitely a series I will continue.

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