Nadine Matheson: The Binding Room

This review is written with thanks to Pigeonhole for the opportunity to read and review The Binding Room.


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…


I loved The Jigsaw Man and I think Nadine Matheson’s “difficult second book” is even better! It was great to be back with Detective Inspector Anjelica Henley and her team and I love that their individual background issues allow the author to explore some interesting issues. Despite this only being the second book in the series, these characters are quickly becoming like friends and family to me and I was rooting for them throughout. 

The investigation that forms the case in The Binding Room draws on some really interesting ideas about mental health and exorcism. It’s absolutely, definitely not for you if you’re squeamish but I love a gruesome crime novel and this is what we have here. I was immediately drawn into the story and I couldn’t wait to see it unravel. 

Matheson is a defence solicitor and her legal knowledge absolutely shines through the pages. The Binding Room combines two investigations, both of which are expertly plotted, full of everything I like to see in a police procedural: an exciting case with lots of tension and plenty to keep the reader guessing! 

I can’t wait to see where this series goes next!

The Binding Room is available from Amazon.

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