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The Copycat

(Amsterdam Quartet #4)

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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

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Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published May 30th 2019 by Penguin
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Lou
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Copycat is the fourth and final book in the Amsterdam Quartet featuring Inspector Jaap Rykel and is a wholly absorbing and satisfying conclusion to the series. For a police employee Rykel is in a complete mess which encompasses the entirety of both his personal and work life and is now affecting everything he does. He self-medicates with Cannabis due to PTSD and when he happens upon a murder scene that reminds him of a case he investigated and achieved a successful conviction for almost a de ...more
Liz Barnsley
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm late to the party on this one, it being the final novel in a quartet, yet the first I have read - it was an excellent and addictive read so I've just ordered the previous three...maybe I'll read in reverse order.

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
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Rachel Hall
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
A dynamic, twisty and suspenseful conclusion to the Amsterdam Quartet with strong characterisation.

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
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Lou
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Copycat is the fourth and final book in the Amsterdam Quartet featuring Inspector Jaap Rykel and is a wholly absorbing and satisfying conclusion to the series. For a police employee Rykel is in a complete mess which encompasses the entirety of both his personal and work life and is now affecting everything he does. He self-medicates with Cannabis due to PTSD and when he happens upon a murder scene that reminds him of a case he investigated and achieved a successful conviction for almost a de ...more
Elaine Tomasso
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Netgalley and Penguin UK - Michael Joseph for an advance copy of The Copycat, the fourth novel in the Amsterdam Quartet to feature Inspector Jaap Rykel.

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
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Susan Hampson
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 sur
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peggy
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A new author for me and I am already searching for more of Inspector Rykel.
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
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Jacob Collins
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Copycat by Jake Woodhouse had such a chilling and gripping opening, it had me hooked right away, and I devoured the first hundred pages in one go. At the very start, Jake Woodhouse creates such an unnerving atmosphere, but before we know what the outcome is going to be, he takes us back in time to a few days earlier when things really start to go wrong for our lead character. We see a man under the control of a scary individual who has lead him deep into woods at gunpoint. After this point, ...more
Billie
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 a
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Stefan Percy
The finale of the Jaap Rykel series was every bit as good as the previous three books. Cannot say I am overly thrilled that there were only four books, but I understand the writer not wanting to have to continue to come up with story lines for his hapless Inspector.

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
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Miss R
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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
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Abby Slater- Fairbrother
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Inspector Jaap Rykel is a controversial police officer. He is recently retired due to a psychotic breakdown. He lives his life suffering flashbacks and within the firm grip of PTSD. When Inspector Arno Jansen contacts him for some assistance regarding a case, eerily similar to one previously worked on by Rykel…

‘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
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Victoria
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Netgalley and publisher for the ARC of this book.

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
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Studvet
Jul 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Maybe a 3.5 at best. Parts very good but parts too rambling and inconclusive. Story ok but not especially gripping and the concept of the druggy, PS-suffering cop just a bit cliched and too much of it. Not the calibre of Nesbo and Co but better than many.
Graham
Jul 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Took a while for me to get into it - not a big fan of books that start in the future and work their way back. Good read though once you're into it
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Jake Woodhouse has worked as a musician, winemaker and entrepreneur. He now lives in London with his wife and their young gundog. After the Silence is the first book in his Amsterdam Quartet.

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