Book Review: The Binding Room by Nadine Matheson

Book Review: The Binding Room by Nadine Matheson

I received a free digital copy of The Binding Room from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.


When Detective Anjelica Henley is called to investigate the murder of a popular preacher in his own church, she discovers a second victim, tortured and tied to a bed in an upstairs room. He is alive, but barely, and his body shows signs of a dark religious ritual.

With a revolving list of suspects and the media spotlight firmly on her, Henley is left with more questions than answers as she attempts to untangle both crimes. But when another body appears, the case takes on a new urgency. Unless she can apprehend the killer, the next victim may just be Henley herself.

Both fans of The Jigsaw Man and readers coming to Matheson’s work for the first time will get swept away in this heart-pounding thriller. Drawing on her experiences as a criminal attorney, Nadine Matheson deftly explores issues of race, class and justice through an action-packed story that will hold you captive until the last terrifying page.

My Review:

The Binding Room was my number one most anticipated book of 2022 so I was ecstatic to get an advanced digital copy from the publisher! Thank you Hanover Square Press! With that being said, I was almost nervous going into this one, hoping and praying that it would live up to the perfection of Matheson’s first book The Jigsaw Man and I am happy to report that it did! It absolutely did!

There are so many elements to gush about with this book and this series. First off, it was a delight to get to spend more time with Inspector Henley and her humble and lovable partner Ramouter. Book two gave even more personal story to these two characters and I loved getting that vulnerable side to each of them and I look forward to reading more about them in future book in the series.

The plot of The Binding Room left me in awe of Matheson’s ability to string together so many loose threads that all add to the plot and the mystery, without any red herrings. Every piece of information has a place somewhere in the mystery. Nothing is left to waste, and I absolutely love that. Nothing annoys me more in a book than to have an author spent copious amounts of time and pages feeding the reader clues that end up having nothing to do with the final outcome. I always feel like I wasted my time with a book like that. The Binding Room obviously does not do that, Matheson is an incredibly talented crime fiction writer and I would compare her mysteries to the Lars Kepler Joona Linna series, in case you need a good reference.

This book is a long one, but it is so worth it. I will always read any crime fiction Matheson puts out! I have a feeling she will soon become one of the household names in the genre!