Monday, November 14, 2016

Early Review: The Dollmaker (The Forgotten Files, #2) by Mary Burton

Title: The Dollmaker (The Forgotten Files, #2) 
Author: Mary Burton 
Publisher: Montlake Romance 
Source: Publisher 
Expected Publication: November 15th, 2016 
Pre-order: Amazon | B&N 

Summary: Dr. Tessa McGowan had never seen anything quite like it. But the mutilated bodies on her exam table tell a stunningly macabre tale: someone with a twisted mind is kidnapping women and altering their faces to resemble real, life-size dolls. As a forensic pathologist, it’s her job to aid the agent leading the case—even if that agent is her estranged husband.

Twelve years ago an unspeakable tragedy destroyed Dakota Sharp’s world. Haunted by the ghosts of his past, he’s devoted himself to capturing killers. His only regret is that it cost him Tessa. Now, as the Dollmaker case brings them together—and raises his suspicions that he’s crossed paths with this deranged psychopath before—they may just have their second chance. But it seems Dakota’s not the only one who wants to make Tessa his own…

She may be the Dollmaker’s next target, but Tessa has no intention of winding up as another toy on his shelf. Can she and Dakota stop this ghastly killer before his next deadly playdate?


The Dollmaker is the second book in The Forgotten Files by Mary Burton, but I love that it can be read as a stand-alone. While book one, The Shark, focused on Trooper Riley Tatum and Shield Security’s Clay Bowan, this book belongs to Agent Dakota Sharp. We met Agent Sharp in The Shark, and I loved getting to know him in The Dollmaker.

Agent Sharp may appear aloof, but he’s a good man and an incredible agent. His personal story is a sad one; and after his wife Tessa left him, an already reserved man became even more distant. But Dr. Tessa McGowan is back, and she’s willing to fight for her marriage if she can just get Dakota to realize they are worth fighting for. Here’s where I easily became invested in the story: Tessa is a forensic pathologist who is going to be working alongside Dr. Kincaid, whom we met in book one. I’ve worked in pathology for years so I loved the inclusion of the autopsies and the work that is second nature to me.

In The Dollmaker, a missing woman is found dead with her face permanently altered to resemble a doll’s. And she’s not the last. Who is this deranged killer whose fixation is transforming women into dolls, and why are the missing women linked to Tessa and perhaps even Dakota himself? Working together won’t be easy after their personal heartache, but nothing will keep these two from finding this psychopath and stopping him.

While there are cameos from characters in The Shark, readers can easily pick up The Dollmaker without missing a thing. I appreciate how the author connects the series while allowing them to be individual reads as well.

Good pacing and intriguing characters made this an enjoyable book for me; and even though I had my suspicions, Mary Burton kept me on toes as the plot thickened. A nice suspense thriller with a bit of romance that is perfect for readers of this genre and even fans of detective shows like Law & Order.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 
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  1. Oh this sounds creepy and gross... I no like dolls... but I do like the sound of the romance. You know I am a sucker for a romantic story line. One day you will convert me to a mystery/thriller reader lol. Great review!

  2. I haven't been able to do horror or thrillers. This one sounds good, but the whole thing with the victim's face being altered gives me the heebie jeebies.

  3. Love that she kept you on your toes Michele!

  4. That is one creepy cover. Definitely sounds like a spooky read. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Wow! I am currently in the mood for something spooky and this book sounds like a perfect choice. Awesome review!

  6. Creepy and a bit scary sounding! My gosh! But it sounds like a book that'll keep you glued to the pages to see what will happen next!

    Lovely review


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