Review: The Dollmaker by Amanda Stevens

Review: The Dollmaker by Amanda StevensAuthor: Amanda Stevens
Title: The Dollmaker
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 400
Release Date: 2012-09-17
In Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, a terrible secret is about to be uncovered by a woman whose daughter vanished seven years ago without a trace…And now a new clue has surfaced…a doll that is the spitting image of Claire Doucett's missing child, right down to the tiny birthmark on the girl's left arm. A chance sighting of the eerily lifelike doll in a French Quarter collectibles shop leaves Claire shaken to her core…and more determined than ever to find out what happened to her beloved Ruby.When the doll is snatched and the store's owner turns up dead, Claire knows the only person she can turn to is ex-husband Dave Creasy, a former cop who has spent the past seven years imprisoned by his own guilt and despair. He let Claire down once when she needed him the most. Can she make him believe the doll really exists? She'll have to if they're to survive an encounter with a brutal psychopath—the dollmaker—who stole their future to feed an obsession that will never die.
Format: Paperback
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.

Spoiler alert…

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.

Bottom line is I wouldn’t recommend this book. It’s too much of a let-down. However, since I really liked it until chapter seventeen, I’ll at least give it 3.5 stars.

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