Dr. Tessa McGowan had never seen anything quite like it. But the mutilated bodies on her exam table tell a stunningly macabre tale: someone with a twisted mind is kidnapping women and altering their faces to resemble real, life-size dolls. As a forensic pathologist, it's her job to aid the agent leading the case - even if that agent is her estranged husband.
Twelve years ago an unspeakable tragedy destroyed Dakota Sharp's world. Haunted by the ghosts of his past, he's devoted himself to capturing killers. His only regret is that it cost him Tessa. Now, as the Dollmaker case brings them together - and raises his suspicions that he's crossed paths with this deranged psychopath before - they may just have their second chance. But it seems Dakota's not the only one who wants to make Tessa his own...
She may be the Dollmaker's next target, but Tessa has no intention of winding up as another toy on his shelf. Can she and Dakota stop this ghastly killer before his next deadly playdate?
©2016 Mary Burton. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
The Doll Maker is a well-crafted thriller with a real twist at the end.
Any of Karen Rose's books, which is a very high compliment. The clear way the story is laid out is right throughout this book, but it does seem to give the perpetrator more voice than would Rose, but that is fine.
I liked her clear accented voice and her steady and precise diction.
Yes, but it was too long for that, but I did find myself saying "just one more chapter" several times late at night.
I have liked the two previous books in this series which I read on Kindle and would recommend them to those who like thrillers with just a touch of romance.
This is one of those books that makes your skin crawl. A group of teenager girls goes out for Halloween and one is kidnapped. She spends the next few days being abused by her abductor until he finally ends her life. Twelve years later her friends start to disappear and are later turning up dead and posed. They have had every bit of hair removed from their bodies and have been tattooed to look like porcelain dolls. White skin, freckles little bow lips and wigs where their hair used to be.
There's a whole convoluted story about how the abductor came to be so twisted, but the lead investigator's sister was the first victim, only they don't know it yet.
Christina Traister does a great job narrating.
This is a very good suspense story and the abductor's identity is not revealed until almost the end.
If you found this review helpful please indicate so.
"Solid thriller; very eerie novel"
This is my 5th Mary Burton novel, so I knew what to expect: blood and gore, serial killer, strong suspense, offbeart story line, solid writing, gratuitous graphic sex scenes. It's all there! The excellent narration was not a surprise either. Worthwhile listen!
This was too much sex and not enough thriller. With the careers they had it seemed way too much time in the bedroom.
The narrator was a bit on the dramatic side. I would have to stop and take a break. She had a way to get on my nerves.
"Great Psychological Romance Mystery"
This was a great story. I really enjoyed it.
Wow what a story. I love a good fast paced romance mystery with a serial killer. The characters were great. Loved Dakota and Tessa chemistry together. I was real and genuine.
The story line and plot was great. It was fast paced, not full of filler nonsense. The story flowed very well and was easy to follow along. The bad guy?? Yeah he had some issues for sure! Psycho.. It had me guessing almost to the end so that is good.
There was lots of great dialogue throughout the entire book. I love lots of good dialogue.
As for the narration. I really like this narrator. I hope she narrates many more books. She has a great reading voice. The men sound like men and everyone gets their own distinct voice. She reads with emotion as called for too. ie whispering, yelling, laughing, etc. Fantastic narration for sure.
"Awesome read and Awesome narration.."
What a fabulous book. It was exciting from beginning to end. Tessa and Sharp was such a great pair. They were separated after 8 months of marriage then she came back to town after 8 months of being in Viet Nam looking for American soldiers who’d been shot down in the war. She had changed and wanted to make their marriage work but he was afraid that if she left him once that she’d leave him again. It was a good love story but it was a better murder mystery.
Sharp was looking for a serial killer while having Andrews, a computer genius, look into his sister’s 12 year old death. He refused to believe she died from and accidental overdose but he was out of clues.
Oh, and the serial killer he was looking for? He was one sick puppy. And I was surprised to find out who it was.
There was more sex in this book than in other of Ms. Burton’s, more desire, more romance. It wasn’t just a vanilla sex scene that I couldn’t wait to get past. It was nice and romantic. I’ve read 3 or Ms. Burton’s books and this was the best one so far.
And the F-bomb was used 14 times.
As to the narration: Absolutely phenomenal. I thought Christina Traister was good in The Shark, Ms. Burton’s other book that I really liked, but she was fantastic in this book. Women’s voices were great, men’s voices were perfect, but she really read with such emotion, suck feeling, that it was awesome. She laughed, she cried, she whispered, she did everything. She gets better with each book she reads. After listening to her in this book Christina Traister has become one of my top 5 female narrators.
this narrator's portrayal of male characters was so bad it was difficult to finish book
Mary Burton has done it again!! The mystery was good, the story line was beyond creepy and it kept me interested. This being said, the narrator's voice for the main male character was awful! Her interpretation was slow, drawn out, and down right dull!! I had to keep rolling my eyes because it was so lifeless. Don't get me wrong, her voices for all the other characters was done well, but Jee whiz, she needed to put some life into Sharp!!
"Ugh. Should be in the romance section."
I tried. I really did, especially based on some of the reviews. But I feel like this book was bait and switch. I thought I was getting a mystery/thriller, but it was more cliche and 50 Shades of Gray. Which is fine if that's your thing. It's just not mine and definitely not how this book was sold.
The performance made what would have been a mediocre story at best, just awful. I found the story predictable and somewhat juvenile. I could have missed some of the highlights because of the narration. I've never returned a book to audible in the on and off years I've been listening since 2007. I'm not fond of and rarely post a negative review. If the book is awful, I generally skip that step. However, I was compelled to review this one.
"Mystery, intriguing, just good."
The narrator was perfect. Emotions came through. I was hooked after the first couple of chapters. I like to listen going to and from work, my time in this busy world. I looked forward to the drive.
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.