Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Book Review: The Doll (Taylor Stevens)

Imagine that you wake in a prison both physical and psychological. If you do not obey the orders you are given, the person you love most in the world will die. If you obey the orders, you betray your professional contract and your integrity to protect your client.

Impossible choices.

This prison is the world where Vanessa Michael Munroe, protagonist of The Doll by Taylor Stevens, lives for the duration of the novel. If not for her volatile past, she might have escaped the ruthless cruelty of the Doll Maker, the one who controls a massive human trafficking organization and who demands her help with one victim in particular.

Without her affinity for foreign language retention, her skill with weapons, her impeccable observation skills, and her long-suppressed rage and hatred toward tormentors, the impossible odds against her would have succeeded.

By the end of the novel, you'll wonder whether those odds did, in fact, succeed.

Fast-paced from beginning to end, the novel -- actually the third book in a series with Munroe as protagonist -- is without a doubt one of the tightest and most well-written thrillers I've read in a long time. It took me four days to read, and only that long because I had to put it down to get other things done.

Author Taylor Stevens snatches your attention and your sympathy from the very first page, and the stakes escalate until you're absolutely sure there's no way the story can end well for the characters you've come to care about. By the end of the book, those characters are so real, it's like they're in the room with you, moving and breathing through their lives as you turn pages.

For you adventure buffs who can't get enough of the thriller and suspense genres, The Doll won't disappoint. The best compliment I can give the author is to admit that I'm actively looking to own the rest of her books, as a result of my reading and enjoying this one so much.

Side effects of reading this book may include (but probably won't be limited to) insomnia, jumping at unexpected noises, and checking over your shoulder as you walk from one place to another in a crowd.

Title: The Doll
Author: Taylor Stevens
Series: Vanessa Michael Munroe #3
ISBN: 978-0307888808
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Disclaimer: I received this book free from the publisher through the Blogging for Books review program in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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