Book Review: The Doll Maker

Title: The Doll Maker: A Detective Sophie Whitton Story

Author: Claire Highton-Stevenson

Narrator: Fiona Thraille



A body turns up in a field. She’s blonde and her eyes have been gouged out. DI Sophie Whitton knows it’s him – The man the press has dubbed: The doll maker. Whitton and her team must act fast if they are to stop anyone else falling victim to the doll maker.

With an innate need to seek the truth and find justice for the dead, DI Whitton risks losing it all, including her long-term relationship with live-in lover, Yvonne, as she strives to find a killer, and maybe even herself along the way.

My Review

4/5 Stars

Lots of good things to say about this audiobook. Sophie, our main detective, is set on a case in which a series of women show up, all of them killed in strange ways and found with doll parts nearby. As she gets closer to finding the killer things spiral, and she finds the case takes a bigger personal hit than she imagined.

Sophie is a typical character in that she’s got plenty of baggage. What’s not typical about her though is the front she keeps up while her life is falling apart in the background. She uses her work as a form of escape because at home, she feels helpless. I loved the almost parallel feeling between the escalation of the killings and the downward spiral of Sophie’s relationship.

The killer itself turned out to have a very interesting reason for doing what was done. I’ve read so many thriller/crime books that it’s rare to find a story where the killer has a wild reason, but this is one of those books.

Overall, this is a dark and compelling listen. A great first-time mystery/thriller by the author.

Narration fit perfectly with the story.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

Published by Author Kayla Krantz

Proud author responsible for Dead by Morning and The Council, fascinated by the dark and macabre. Stephen King is her all time inspiration mixed in with a little bit of Eminem and some faint remnants of the works of Edgar Allen Poe. When she began writing, she started in horror but it somehow drifted into thriller. She loves the 1988 movie Heathers. She was born and raised in Michigan but traveled across the country to where she currently resides in Texas.

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