Dr. Tessa McGowan had never seen anything quite like it. But the mutilated bodies on her exam table tell a stunningly macabre tale: someone with a twisted mind is kidnapping women and altering their faces to resemble real, life-size dolls. As a forensic pathologist, it’s her job to aid the agent leading the case—even if that agent is her estranged husband.
Twelve years ago an unspeakable tragedy destroyed Dakota Sharp’s world. Haunted by the ghosts of his past, he’s devoted himself to capturing killers. His only regret is that it cost him Tessa. Now, as the Dollmaker case brings them together—and raises his suspicions that he’s crossed paths with this deranged psychopath before—they may just have their second chance. But it seems Dakota’s not the only one who wants to make Tessa his own…
She may be the Dollmaker’s next target, but Tessa has no intention of winding up as another toy on his shelf. Can she and Dakota stop this ghastly killer before his next deadly playdate?
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When Tessa came back she knew that it wouldn't be easy but she is determined to save her marriage. Last time she had ran away but she had learned that life is much better with Dakota then without and maybe, just maybe, she can help him get to the bottom of his sister's death. Of course, she might have to catch him between cases as right now all of his energy is being directed to capturing this Dollmaker.
What little girl doesn't play with dolls? This is something that most grow out of though so being turned into a doll once you are an adult can be truly terrifying. I think that it is that 'otherness' that allows dolls and clowns to be objects of terror. I found this book to be particularly chilling especially with the clown scare going on right now as I can see making dolls becoming the next step.
THE DOLLMAKER is actually the second book in the The Forgotten Files series which began with THE SHARK. Readers will get a chance to catch up with both Riley and Clay which I enjoyed. It's not necessary to have read the first book to enjoy THE DOLLMAKER though it does add a bit of depth to the story.
I highly recommend this book to my readers who enjoy a well written romantic suspense that will send shivers down your spine. There is a bit of sex in the book and some violence.
*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed within are my own.