The Doll Maker, by Richard Montanari, is the eighth instalment in the Byrne & Balzano series and wow, what a story!
Detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano are partners in the Homicide unit of the Philadelphia Police Department. They have investigated some quite bizarre cases together and another in on the way!
When the body of a strangled children is found that has been clearly staged for effect with an invite to thé dansant (tea dance), Byrne & Balzano have just days to find the killer before another body is found!
When they find the second murder scene, there is a different element added; a fine porcelain doll that resembles the first victim. This new find is not only a message but a threat. Now they have two crime scenes with strange messages inviting them to a tea dance and realistic looking dolls that mimic the previous victims. The are now on the hunt for a serial killer dubbed The Doll Maker and the timescales between murders is getting shorter!
Mr Marseille, aka The Doll Maker, is a polite and elegant psychopath. Along with his true love, Anabelle, they are on a mission that will leave police baffled.
Overall, The Doll Maker is an excellent thrilling, heart-pounding read! Once you start reading it is very hard to put down. The characters are very convincing and believable making it a very compelling read.
The story is well-written and not much given away until the secrets need to be revealed, keeping you on the edge on your seat. This is a psychological crime thriller with very bizarre killers that will grab your full attention and not let go until the final pages.
Richard Montanari certainly has a great ability to write unique stories involving serial killers and I will certainly be going back and reading the other books from this thrilling series.
RRP: £12.99 (Hardback) / £8.99 (Paperback) / £4.99 (Kindle)
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For more information about Richard Montanari visit www.richardmontanari.com.