Originally published 2014-09-19: Review of The Doll by Taylor Stevens
I want to start out by noting that before I chose this book, I had never heard of Taylor Stevens or her Vanessa Michael Munroe series. After reading The Doll, I can honestly say that Stevens has made me a fan.
The book’s blurb says it all by quoting Lee Child: “Munroe is a sensational character and Stevens is a sensational writer.”
This is the third in the Vanessa Michael Munroe series of thriller/suspense novels. I found the beginning slow, but that may be partly because I wasn’t already emotionally invested in the characters by reading previous books. However, after the first six chapters, the plot centers on Michael, who stole the show and hooked me.
The story starts with Michael’s friend and lover seeing her kidnapped. From there, all of Michael’s allies start working together to get her back. When the story finally focuses on Michael, the suspense is ratcheted up about a hundred notches. We meet the Doll Maker, a fiendish ringmaster who heads a well-oiled human trafficking operation, and who is charging Michael with the task to deliver a package to a wealthy buyer.
Michael must choose between two horrific options: deliver a young woman whose face is recognized across the globe to a sadistic murderer, or allowing her brother to be tortured to death.
This book was one of only a few that I can guarantee is an edge-of-your-seat thrill ride into the dank underworld where girls are stolen and sold to the highest bidder. I give this book four out of five stars, and absolutely recommend it to those with the stomach to handle the subject matter.
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