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.
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"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!
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!!
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.
"great follow up book"
great follow up to The Shark. Can not wait for the next in the series.
Another great book by Mary Burton. Not as grossome as other books. Totally recommend it.
Yes, because I liked listening to the dollmaker talk to his dolls. What a creep!
The Dollmaker of course!
When he was leaving her house ( don't want to spoil anything)
Good book, just wish the author was clearer with the characters and their names.
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