Seven years ago, New Orleans police officer Dave Creasy comes home to find that Ruby, his seven year old, has been kidnapped. Gone without a trace, Dave will do anything to get his daughter back, including actions that destroy other cases and culminate in his resignation from the police force. In the end, his downward spiral also ends his marriage with Ruby’s mother, Claire.
Claire has spent the last seven years seeing Ruby in the faces of girls around her, living with the pain of her loss. While out with her sister Charlotte, Claire sees a doll in a shop window that looks remarkably like her missing daughter – blonde hair, turquoise eyes, even a strawberry birth mark on her arm. While rushing to see the doll, Claire is hit by a car and taken to the hospital. Upon her return to the shop, the doll is gone and the shop owner is missing. Claire knows that despite the disbelief of her family, the doll is a link to her lost daughter and she is determined to find out the truth. In desperation she goes to Dave for help and together they delve into the darkness that consumed their daughter.
While they search, The Dollmaker, mind twisted with madness, sets a table for a birthday party, surrounded by beautiful dolls and one little girl, who wants nothing more than to go home to her parents.
While it may border on stalkerish that I’m again reviewing an Amanda Stevens book, The Dollmaker is a book that terrified me in such a way that I could not resist the urge to blog about it. It is a thriller with the most twisted twist one can fathom. I finished reading this book one day just before going to pick up my four little girls from daycare. While they waited patiently behind me as I unlocked the door to our house, my four year old with big blue eyes spotted a stranger walking down the sidewalk and began waving and saying hello to him. With The Dollmaker in mind, I frantically unlocked the door and pushed each girl through the threshold, locking the door behind us. Ms. Stevens has a way of pushing the buttons of fear that each of us have inside and making those fears seem like a very close reality. If she continues to write this sort of tale, it may be a good idea for her to invest in a night light company. Her readers are going to need them.