Monday, July 27, 2015

REVIEW: The Doll Maker by Richard Montanari
Publication date: April 28, 2015

Detectives Byrne and Balzano return to the streets of Philadelphia to put an end to a macabre succession of murders.

A quiet Philadelphia suburb. A woman cycles past a train depot with her young daughter. There she finds a murdered girl posed on a newly painted bench. Beside her is a formal invitation to a tea dance in a week’s time.

Seven days later, two more young victims are discovered in an abandoned house, posed on painted swings. At the scene is an identical invitation. This time, though, there is something extra waiting for Detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano: a delicate porcelain doll.

It’s a message. And a threat. With the killers at large, Detectives Byrne and Balzano have just seven more days to find the link between the murders before another innocent child is snatched from the streets. 

I found this novel to be very intriguing. Throughout the entire story the reader is piecing clues together to try to solve the murders along with Officer Brynes. The author did a great job at making the reader feel involved with story.

The dynamics of Annabelle and Mr. Marseille's relationship is so complex and mysterious that [SPOILER] I found myself, at times, rooting for them to get away- which I found to be really odd because, hello, they're serial killers! 

The only reason that I am not giving "The Doll Maker" five stars is because of the ending. It really leaves you open mouthed wondering "Is that really it?!" However, I'm sure that Montanari wanted to leave the readers like that as the ending is a great surprise.

I rate "The Doll Maker" 4.5/5 stars.

Link(s) to purchase:
Amazon: The Doll Maker

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