Title: The Dollmaker Publisher: Harlequin
Release Date: 2012-09-17
Also by this author: The Restorer
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The Dollmaker is a twisted tale about a man who wants to recreate his female counterpart Maddy, who was taken from him as a child.
(There’s more to it than that, but I don’t want to give it away.) The dollmaker kidnaps girls who look like Maddy. He makes dolls that look like the girls before he kills them.
Claire sees a doll in a shop window that looks just like her daughter, Ruby, who was kidnapped seven years earlier. No one believes Claire that the doll is an identical match of her daughter, especially since the doll disappears from the store and the store owner is later found dead.
Dave, a private investigator and Claire’s ex-husband, is in New Orleans on a case that loosely connects to their daughter’s disappearance. Claire asks for his help in locating the missing doll.
That’s all the plot I’m willing to reveal. Now, let me say what I thought about this book…
I have mixed feelings. It started out very intense, capturing my interest. Stevens keeps the dollmaker’s identity a secret and casts suspicion on other characters. Then, suddenly in chapter seventeen, she tells you who the dollmaker is. The mystery and suspense evaporate.
I almost didn’t want to read any further, but I kept going because I wanted to know what happened to Ruby. Well, that was another big disappointment. You can assume she was killed because that’s what the dollmaker does, but Stevens never gives any answers to how or when.