Claire and Dave have been divorced since the kidnapping of their seven year old daughter, Ruby. Seven years later, they team up again when new evidence comes to light which sends them in a new direction. A doll - the spitting image of Ruby - appears in a shopkeepers window and immediately disappears and the proprieter of the shop is found murdered. Red flags go off in Claire's head and the hunt is on.
This is a good mystery but a real slow starter. The action doesn't begin until after page 200! I was very disappointed in this story as it had such potential but fell far from the mark. This is an author I would not read again
One of the main characters in this book Claire Doucett's daughter is kidnapped. The child was never found. Other children also disappear and will never be found. The dollmaker is to busy trying to duplicate one that will make him happy by using children as his model.A twisted mind at large. The book is a great read, one that you will not be able to put down until you get to the end.
Clare and Dave's young daughter disappeared seven years, without a trace. Dave found his solace in a bottle, leading to the end of his marriage. Claire has remarried, but that marriage is falling apart. When she sees a doll in a shop window, a doll that looks remarkably like her missing daughter, Clare turns to Dave, who is now sober and a private investigator, to find out what the dollmaker knows about their child's disappearance. Although the book has a good premise, and the characters of Clare, Dave and others are well developed, this book was for me neither suspenseful nor thrilling. I found it a solid read, but figured out the mystery fairly quickly and found nothing too remarkable about the book, I never felt that edge of the seat excitement I look for in books of this kind. A good, but pedestrian thriller.
In Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana a terrible secret is about to be uncovered by a woman whose daughter vanished seven years ago without a trace. And now a new clue has surfaced....a doll that is the spitting image of Claire Doucett's missing child, right down to the tiny birthmark on the girl's left arm. A chance sighting of the eerily lifelike doll in a French Quarter collectibiles shop leaves Claire shaken to her core.and more determined that ever to find out what happened to her beloved Ruby. When the doll is snatched and the store's woner turns up dead, Claire knows the only person she can turn to is ex-husband Dave Creasy, a former cop who has spent the past seven years imprisoned by his own guilt and despair. He let Claire down once when she needed him the most. Can she make him belive the doll really exists? She'll have to if they're to survive an encounter with a brutal psychopath-the dollmaker-who stole their furture to feed an obsession that will never die.
I liked the book, but there were 2 different stories going on. Claire's ex-husband and the father of the missing girl is returning to life so to speak, and Stevens spends way too much time solving one of his old cases rather than moving us thru the story of the dollmaker and the 30 years history of his story. The only tie these stories have is that they share Claire and Dave, and the cops involved in the murder Dave is trying to solve, use Ruby's kidnapping to get Dave to destroy evidence. It wasted a good portion of the book, when i really wanted to know more about the dollmaker story. Too many holes. Stevens never ties up her books in neat little packages with all questions answered, but out of her 3 novels, i was disappointed in the path this book took. And the end did not satisfy me.
only a 2 1/2 star rating--it is very slow moving, every page is filled with descriptions, remembering, thinking, and the story just takes forever so I started skimming the pages just to pick up the story and ended up skipping a lot of it and getting more toward the back and didn't have a problem to find the 'reason' for the story. The characters are just very unlikable, sisters-one a wimp one bold and sleazy to sleep with her sisters ex-husband a self centered mother, one ex-husband an ex-cop(of course) was on the road to destruction by drinking(of course) and got a case implicating a bad cop (of course) the other ex-husband a cop and it just goes on and on---very disappointing
Claire Doucett's daughter, Ruby, was kidnapped seven years ago. Now, Claire sees a doll in a shop window that resembles Ruby identically-including a tiny birthmark. No one believes her, so Claire turns to the one person who she thinks will, her ex-husband and Ruby's father, Dave Creasy. Together they unravel the past and hunt down a psychopath.
This is a very well-written, highly descriptive book. This book was not what I expected. Like her book "The Devil's Footprints",I didn't really care for the ending but the story leading up to that was good and kept me reading, so good I read it in 2 days.
I gave it 4 stars because it is a very good mystery and well writen. I am skeptical about reading any more for fear they are along the same ending and subject matter.
I don't care for any story involving small children, if you know what I mean.