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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?
©2016 Mary Burton. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Parrotfan on 16-08-2017

The Doll Maker

Great book. This series is proving to be a great read, with a few twists that makes the reader take notice if each of the characters and the storyline.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Helen on 25-03-2017

Loved this book

I have now listened to the 1st and 2nd of these books by Mary Burton, and I will be looking forward to listening to the next one really soon. It is a book that you don't want to put down. Good characters, lots of suspense, and good narration. I love when the narrators voice blends into the book so well that you don't notice the voice, and it just seamlessly helps the whole process of a great audible book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By shelley on 17-11-2016


This is one of those books that makes your skin crawl. A group of teenager girls goes out for Halloween and one is kidnapped. She spends the next few days being abused by her abductor until he finally ends her life. Twelve years later her friends start to disappear and are later turning up dead and posed. They have had every bit of hair removed from their bodies and have been tattooed to look like porcelain dolls. White skin, freckles little bow lips and wigs where their hair used to be.
There's a whole convoluted story about how the abductor came to be so twisted, but the lead investigator's sister was the first victim, only they don't know it yet.
Christina Traister does a great job narrating.
This is a very good suspense story and the abductor's identity is not revealed until almost the end.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Tracy T on 03-12-2016

Great Psychological Romance Mystery

This was a great story. I really enjoyed it.

Wow what a story. I love a good fast paced romance mystery with a serial killer. The characters were great. Loved Dakota and Tessa chemistry together. I was real and genuine.

The story line and plot was great. It was fast paced, not full of filler nonsense. The story flowed very well and was easy to follow along. The bad guy?? Yeah he had some issues for sure! Psycho.. It had me guessing almost to the end so that is good.

There was lots of great dialogue throughout the entire book. I love lots of good dialogue.

As for the narration. I really like this narrator. I hope she narrates many more books. She has a great reading voice. The men sound like men and everyone gets their own distinct voice. She reads with emotion as called for too. ie whispering, yelling, laughing, etc. Fantastic narration for sure.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Angela on 05-10-2017


Nothing to really write home about. Usual brooding detective who has a broken heart but still full of feeling. The crackpot who does all the killings. Then the Chase.
Broody,lengthy,and just okay.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mrs. S. A. Lynch on 21-11-2016

This is a real page turner.

If you could sum up The Dollmaker in three words, what would they be?

The Doll Maker is a well-crafted thriller with a real twist at the end.

What other book might you compare The Dollmaker to, and why?

Any of Karen Rose's books, which is a very high compliment. The clear way the story is laid out is right throughout this book, but it does seem to give the perpetrator more voice than would Rose, but that is fine.

What does Christina Traister bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I liked her clear accented voice and her steady and precise diction.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but it was too long for that, but I did find myself saying "just one more chapter" several times late at night.

Any additional comments?

I have liked the two previous books in this series which I read on Kindle and would recommend them to those who like thrillers with just a touch of romance.

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