Image of The Dollmaker


Image of The Dollmaker

Stevens makes her Mira debut with this taut, disturbing story. The characters are vivid, particularly the Dollmaker, and it has a lovely twist in the tale. But it's not for the squeamish!

Seven years ago, the daughter of glass artist Claire Doucett and homicide cop Dave Creasy was taken from the street outside their home. Ruby was never found, and the tragedy, coupled with Dave's drinking and infidelity, ended their marriage. It also stole Claire's peace of mind, and she remains haunted by the possibility that Ruby's still alive. Wishful thinking? Even Claire wonders, until she spots a doll with an uncanny resemblance to Ruby in a shop window.

When Claire returns to the store, the doll is gone, and soon afterward, she finds the shopkeeper's body. Turning to Dave, now a P.I., feels natural. Initially skeptical, Dave eventually welcomes the chance to atone for past sins -- but will it be in time to save Claire from a remorseless killer? (MIRA, Mar., 496 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer