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The Dollmaker
The Dollmaker by Amanda Stevens
by Amanda Stevens

Delightful creepy, dark spine-tingling thriller

The Dollmaker is one of the best thrillers I have read in years! Amanda Stevens creates a perfect mix of allowing the reader to have enough clues --- and even to hear the voice of the perpetrator --- to understand the interlacing psychological aspects behind the characters and to maintain the suspense. Nevertheless, she withholds just enough to peak the reader's interest on every page. I was drawn into her characters, their weaknesses and depth and watching them change as the story developed. Even though the reader knows certain aspects of the ending from the very beginning, the suspense builds and builds. The ending has unexpected, shocking surprises. Everything is not all tied up with a pretty bow at the end, and yet the reader feels very satisfied. The ending was well-planned....a surprise and one also true to the characters.

A doll....normally such an innocent charming item certainly gets transformed here! Delightfully creepy!

Even days after finishing the last page, I am still delighted with this book. The imagery, the haunting Southern setting and the amazing writing captured my interest then and now. Amanda Stevens keeps all the spine tingles and darkness AND did it without crossing that line into gratuitous (and often boring) gore and violence too common in lesser works in the genre. Bravo!

Warning: This book may cause you to remain awake until 3 or 4am reading.

Publisher: Mira (March 2007) 
Reviewed by Merrimon, Merrimon Book Reviews
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