Goodreads: 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.
I started and finished this book today. I had come up with a similar idea several months ago after having a nightmare about a man who made dolls in the likeness of children he murdered. While doing research, I came across this book so figured I should read it – plus it is by Amanda Stevens whose Graveyard Queen series is one of my favorites.
It is obvious to me that I could not write this story even a tenth as well as she did so I had to give up on the idea. Stevens does an excellent job dealing with the topic – I was caught up in the story the moment I read the prologue.
The writing takes you to New Orleans’s French Quarter and briefly touches (thankfully) on the whole devastation of Katrina. I know it was a major event but I do get a little tired of the whole Katrina thing showing up in books though I suppose it is hard to ignore if one is to do the area justice. Still, I appreciate how Stevens kept it to a minimum.
At any rate, the story was well told – I was sufficiently creeped out by the Dollmaker and his motives for kidnapping and killing children. It pains me to think there might be such sick individuals out there.
I give the book an A. The relationship between Claire and Dave is one that a person would envision between a couple whose child was kidnapped and the consequent divorce/hard feelings that went with it. I liked Claire’s sister, Charlotte, and thought her part could have been expounded on but that would have been more involved, I suppose.
I read on Amanda Stevens website that she has two new Graveyard Queen books coming out next year. I certainly hope that is true – I get so tired of waiting for books in series. I’m getting to the point that, if a book is going to be part of a series, I won’t read it because I hate the wait. I prefer stand alone books that I can think about, mull over and then move on from.