The Binding Room by Nadine Matheson

4 Stars from me

The second in the DI Henley series, the Binding Room takes us in a different direction to The Jigsaw Man. This is definitely a book you can read without having read The Jigsaw Man first, but why would you want to miss out?

Appearing to begin with the unexplained yet frenzied murder of a hugely popular pastor, Henley and the team soon discover a second body and at this point the book takes a very dark turn. The murder of the pastor, while brutal and shocking, doesn’t hold a candle to the depravity that took place in the back room…

It’s fair to say that love is different things to different people but in The Binding Room there is only a fast route to insanity and Henley and the team have their work cut out as they try to join the dots before they find another victim.

Meanwhile it seems that nothing can be taken at face value and very few people tell the truth! A large cast of characters presents a wide suspect pool and it is easy to get drawn into pointing the finger of suspicious as you read through the chapters.

I am also enjoying getting to know the team. Henley is a great character, she’s strong, ballsy and intelligent, and I like how her relationships – particularly with Pellacia and Ramouter – are playing out. Overall, there is a good balance between the investigative side of things and on the home-life side which helps to ‘get to know’ them.

A satisfying ending paves the way for another book in this series and I am looking forward to it.


Blurb: 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…


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