A detective on the edge. A case that might take him over it. Get ready for the gripping new Inspector Rykel thriller.
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 particularly violent murder. A murder where the details exactly match a...more
From the opening page I was compelled to just keep on reading, completing it in two sessions and completely immersed the entire time.
It was not a problem at all that I was arriving at the end of proceedings, Jake Woodhouse does an excellent job of giving you enough information witho ...more
The Copycat is the fourth and final novel in the Amsterdam Quartet featuring Inspector Jaap Rykel of the Amsterdam Murder Squad and having followed this series since the outset I have found the overall quality of each instalment phenomenal. After a cliffhanger ending to the stunning third novel, Before The Dawn, this is another impressive police procedural with a strong vein of suspense running thr ...more
Rykel is mulling over retirement from the police due to his PTSD when a chance glimpse of crime scene photos sets off alarm bells. Seven years ago his investigation into the murder of Lucie Muller ended in the conviction of Sander Klaasen for murder and now Marianne Kleine has been killed in the same way. Worried that he hel ...more
Now faced with a choice, to take retirement and walk away or make sur ...more
Set in Amsterdam is hanging by a thread. He self medicates and lives on a houseboat.
There is a new murder and the m o is identical to a killer he put away.
Rykel is having difficulty understanding what he has been told. Feeling fragile and with his anxiety levels through the roof he needs to find out more. Has he put the wrong man away or does he have a copycat?
This book had me hooked from the first to the last page. Th ...more
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 a ...more
Jaap is a complete and utter mess in this book. Suffering severely from PTSD, trying desperately to keep the black wolf at bay, and deciding to self-medicate with cannabis rather than his prescribed medication. As back luck would have ...more
Like previous reviewers I did not realise that this was a culmination of the Amsterdam Quartet. After reading this book, however, with its taut plotting and well-drawn characters., I was not disappointed.. The lead character, Inspector Rykel, though flawed in the best tradItion of Crime Fiction, avoids becoming a trope. Woodhouse, in particular, takes the familiar plot of copycat or serial killer and fashions the story ...more
‘Killing just to imitate another murderer indicates a special kind of warped mind’
The present case dealing with the murder of Marianne Kleine, draws comparison to the Lucie Muller case fro ...more
This is the first book I have read by Jake Woodhouse and I understand this is the fourth book in a series so that may be why I was a little confused. Jake is also a new authority for me
The book had me hooked from the start and I liked the main characters. The inspector suffers from stress, but is likeable. It is a good read and I would recommend. I would now like to read the first three and probably this one again to make sure I unders ...more