The Doll Maker by Richard Montanari Review

Doll Maker

A bizarre serial killer is on the hunt in Philadelphia and he is known as The Doll Maker!

Wow, what a story! The Doll Maker is the eighth novel in the Byrne and Balzano series by Richard Montanari.

Partners Detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano are in the Homicide unit of the Philadelphia Police Department. When bodies of strangled children start appearing around the city, clearly staged for effect and an invite to thé dansant (tea dance), they have days to find the killer before another body is found!

When the second murder scene is found, there is also an added element; a fine porcelain doll that resembles the first victim. This new find is not only a message but a threat. With strange messages inviting them to a tea dance and realistic looking dolls that mimic the previous victims left at the crime scenes the detectives need to find The Doll Maker before more children disappear, and the timescales are getting shorter!

Mr Marseille 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. A psychological crime thriller with very bizarre killers that will grab you 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.

Rating: 5/5

RRP: £12.99 (hardback) / £9.99 (paperback) / £2.99 (Kindle edition)

Available to buy from Amazon here.

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