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Thriller | The Copycat | Jake Woodhouse

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We’re delighted to be on tour today sharing Laura’s thoughts on The Copycat by Jake Woodhouse. The Copycat is the latest Inspector Rykel thriller.

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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 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 an innocent man to prison?

This might be his last chance to make things right – or it could be the blow that finally takes him over the edge . . .

The Copycat by Jake Woodhouse is published by Penguin and is available to purchase in digital, paperback and audiobook formats.


The Copycat is a great crime novel set in Amsterdam. The fourth and final book follows Jaap Rykel, a detective contemplating retirement, as struggling with PTSD.  Intrigued by a recent murder scene similar to another, 7 years previous, he decides to work another case. Unfortunately this leads to questions whether he sent an innocent man to prison or if there is a copy cat killer on the loose?

I found The Copy Cat to be action packed, gripping with dark twists to keep the pages turning. I enjoyed Jaap’s character as he is well written with plenty of flaws to make  him both believable and likeable.

A great read.

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Jake Woodhouse has worked as a musician, wine maker and entrepreneur. He now lives in London with his wife and their young gundog.

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I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 8+ years. My love of reading, crocheting and being out in nature are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school. I'm passionate about early help and sharing strategies with families to empower and help build resilience. I'm a member of of my Local Authority's Early Help Operational Board, working alongside other professionals to instigate change and growth.

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