Pretty Broken Dolls

A killer that poses their victims as pretty broken dolls. I literally lay in the bath reading – my favourite reading place – until the water was cold.  I couldn’t stop until I reached the end. Pretty Broken Dolls was my second Detective Katie Scott book and I really enjoyed it.  (The first was The Fragile Ones – you can read the review here). It was great to have the familiarity of the characters, and environment, along with a brilliant plot that had me thinking about the book while I was attempting the big summer clean-up. I think one of the key points of brilliance with this book is that Katie, the detective, can relate to each of the victims.  They have all been involved in the K9 programme in the American military.  It is a thread that ties them together, and ties them to Katie herself.  It isn’t that simple though, and as each gruesome murder is examined, the motive for the killings, gets murkier. Author, Jennifer Chase is brilliant at characterisation, drawing us into sub-characters that could be the murderer, but are flawed like most of the world.  She expertly highlights that there is good and bad in everyone.

Book Description:

In the thin light of the moon, the woman’s limp body hangs from the iron fence amongst the redwoods. Looped over the railings is the little gold locket her mother gave her when she turned sixteen. The picture of the girl inside smiles out at a future she’ll never see…

As day breaks over the fairground, Detective Katie Scott forces herself to take in another disturbing scene in front of her. A woman, the same age as her, found slumped in the carriage of the Ferris wheel, red lipstick dragged across her lips, her throat cut.

Katie doesn’t want to believe that the serial killer picking off women across the state has found their way to the small town of Pine Valley, California, but when her team finds a gold engagement ring hanging nearby, it’s a terrifying, but undeniable fact.

With a twisted killer on her doorstep, Katie knows if she doesn’t act fast, she’ll find more women left out in the cold like broken dolls. Her team hit dead end after dead end, but only she can see the vital link between the victims: a connection with Katie herself.

Katie has spent years pushing traumatic memories of her years in the military far out of reach, but she must confront them now or more innocent women will die. But as the killer circles closer and closer to Katie, what if the only answer is to give him what he wants? There must be another way…

Warning – This absolutely unputdownable thriller will keep you up all night! Fans of Lisa Regan, Rachel Caine and Melinda Leigh better hold on tight for a nail-biting rollercoaster ride!

Author Bio:

This is the second book I have read written by Jennifer Chase is a multi-award-winning and best-selling crime fiction author., and it won’t be the last.  As well as a consulting criminologist. Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in police forensics and a master’s degree in criminology and criminal justice. These academic pursuits developed out of her curiosity about the criminal mind as well as from her own experience with a violent psychopath, providing Jennifer with deep personal investment in every story she tells. In addition, she holds certifications in serial crime and criminal profiling. She is an affiliate member of the International Association of Forensic Criminologists, and member of the International Thriller Writers. Treat yourself to this book on Amazon: I hope you are enjoying my reviews.  Over the past year and a half, I have had a lot of time to read, and to write, and have enjoyed sharing my finds. Thanks to Bookouture for inviting me to this blog tour. Kerry x


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