On its publication date, I am thrilled to be reviewing The Binding Room by Nadine Matheson, as part of the awesome blog tour.
Thank you so much to HQ Stories for allowing me to be a part of this blog tour and sending me an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
In this room, no one can hear you scream…
The Serial Crimes Unit are called in to investigate when a local pastor is found stabbed to death. As DI Henley assesses the crime scene, she discovers a hidden door that conceals a room set up for torture – and bound to the bed in the middle of the room is the body of a man.
When another body is found, also tied down, Henley realises there’s someone out there torturing innocent people and leaving them for dead. But why?
There’s nothing that connects the victims. They didn’t know each other. Their paths never crossed. But someone has targeted them, and it’s up to Henley and the SCU to stop them before they find another binding room…
Publication Date: 7th July
TW: death, murder, torture, religious trauma, conversion therapy, PTSD, traumatic flashbacks, gore
The Binding Room is a book that sends those uneasy feelings of dread, horror and squeamish ripples across your body. This is a book that offers no easy answers, just the bloody remnants of ordinary people and their ruinous actions.
I adored The Jigsaw Man, when I read it last year, with its darkly enthralling, gory cat and mouse game around London with interesting perspectives. This built on that explosive foundation to craft an incredibly suspenseful, wonderfully crafted and intensely gripping mystery. I definitely know that I will be picking up whatever Matheson decides to write next.
Right from that grisly opening, Matheson had me hooked once more. The writing and the pacing is once again superb. It is caustic in its rawness and inability to look away from the horror. This is a book that does not hold back, conveying every inch of Anjelica’s vulnerability and fractured life. Her personal tension and the way it interacts with her approaches to cases is fascinating and offers a unique slant for her character. I love how authentic Matheson is at depicting the impact of trauma and the way past cases haunt Anjelica.
This is a book that sits in those shadowy parts of life and really digs beneath the surface to examine reputation, religion and particularly the cult of celebrity. We really dive into those ethically and morally dubious areas, leaving us to question what the ‘right’ path is. There are plenty of relevant social issues touched upon here, from racism to political pressure and influence on policing, to the abuse of religious power. A few scenes made me physically recoil from their detailed torture and detail, but these are not just fictional events.
The Binding Room is an acerbic thriller with a socially conscious and ethically thought-provoking edge to it that really makes it stand out from the crowd.
Thank you again to HQ Stories for including me and make sure you check out the other superb posts on the blog tour.
If my review has intrigued you, there is this audio extract you can check out here.