Firstly I wish to thank Sriya Varadharajan of Penguin Random House for inviting me on the Blog Tour for THE COPY CAT by Jake Woodhouse
HE THOUGHT HE CAUGHT THE KILLER, BUT THEN THE KILLING DIDN’T STOP.
Jaap Rykel is on the brink, his dark past driving him to breaking point and ending his police career.
Visiting the station one last time, he stumbles across an investigation into a violent murder.
A murder where the details exactly match a case he solved years earlier.
But that killer was caught – and is still in prison.
Is there a copycat killer on the loose, playing games with Rykel’s fragile mind? Or did he get it wrong, and send an innocent man to prison?
This might be his last chance to make things right, or it could be the blow that finally takes him over the edge . . .
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
This is the fourth book in the Amsterdam Quartet so I am arriving a little late to this party but from the very first page, I was hooked. Set in Amsterdam Jaap Rykel finds himself facing all sorts of demons both from his personal struggles with PTSD to a new case that has landed at the police station that is identical to one he solved some years ago. This was already giving me that buzz when you know it is going to be a belter!
Now faced with a choice, to take retirement and walk away or make sure that the man serving time for the murder that he had arrested and the courts convicted really guilty?
Rykel has periods of time that disappear due to his PTSD and the only way he can control it a little is to smoke cannabis. When the dark side takes over him he sees it as a black wolf prowling ready to take over his mind, while in good clear moments the white wolf is in control. Rykel had always felt uneasy about this case, which surrounded the murder of a judge’s daughter.
The addition of an unexpected partner for Rykel, in the form of a stray dog called Kosh, they both really needed each other, a brilliant pairing of such oddballs. The deeper that Rykel digs and darker the story gets and the more unstable he becomes.
There are some shocking moments for Rykel as he retraces his steps of the previous case he handled and the consequences of the conviction afterward. This is a blistering read with solid characters. Fast-paced, scary, original and oh so very graphic. Already added the first three books to ‘must-reads’.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jake Woodhouse is the Sunday Times bestselling author of After the Silence, Into the Night, Before the dawn and The Copycat. He lives in London