Today I am taking part in the books on tour and reviewing Perfect Little Dolls by Karen Long. This was released on the 18th of January, published by Bookouture.
The little boy played with his toy trains in the bedroom, keeping quiet so as not to wake his mother. He stayed silent as he watched his window creaking open and heard the whisper from outside. A minute later, Tommy and the trains were gone.
Tommy Banks is a beautiful boy, everybody says so. With his ash-blond hair and large blue eyes, he’s the light of his mother’s life. He hasn’t seen his father since he was a baby, but that doesn’t matter now, because he’s getting a new dad. He’s been picked to be part of a special new family that he’s promised to keep secret. They’ll be together forever…
When Tommy goes missing from his home while his mother Rosheen is sleeping, she is beside herself with worry and guilt. And as the hours and days pass, it becomes clear that Tommy isn’t the only one who’s been taken. When the police link the kidnapping to another case, where a woman’s body had been lovingly preserved like a perfect doll bride, Rosheen feels sick with fear. She has to believe that Tommy is still alive. But will she find him in time?
A totally gripping, fast-paced thriller that will leave your jaw on the floor. The next rollercoaster read for fans of Lisa Gardener, Rachel Abbott and Cara Hunter.
Perfect Little Dolls was previously published as The Vault.
Disappearance, murder, mystery and intrigue, Detective Inspector Eleanor Raven seems to have the odds stacked against her as she returns to her job and tries to prove to everybody, maybe especially herself, that she has everything under control.
Perfect Little Dolls (previously published as The Vault), is the second instalment in the Detective Eleanor Raven series and had me immediately invested and caught up in its drama. Another book not for the faint hearted, Karen Long certainly ups the creepy factor in spades!
In my review for book one, Cry for Mercy (The Safe Word), I stated that I struggled to connect with Eleanor but, she grew on me this time around. Complex, damaged, broken and flawed, she is actually quite unique.
All up Perfect Little Dolls is a dark and compelling tale that will get under your skin. Well written, great characterisation and with twists and turns aplenty, makes this such a very thrilling read and I will be looking forward to the next instalment.
Thank you to Karen Long, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Perfect Little Dolls which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.
Perfect Little Dolls Books on Tour
Follow the tour along the way and see what these blogger’s also thought about Perfect Little Dolls. Thank you to Bookouture for my spot on the Perfect Little Dolls books on tour.
Let’s Get to Know Karen Long
Karen Long was born in Wolverhampton but has spent the last few years living in California. She worked as an English and Drama teacher for many years, before becoming a full-time writer.
She has written screenplays and articles, but primarily dedicates her time to writing crime fiction and observing wildlife. She loves to travel, which is a great source of inspiration; Toronto became the backdrop to the Eleanor Raven series of thrillers after Karen spent several months there.
A passionate conservationist and lover of the crow family in particular, she has rehabilitated and adopted ravens, crows, magpies and rooks, many of whom became integrated into family life, much to the distress of household members and soft furnishings. She now volunteers regularly at Los Angeles Oiled Bird Care Centre.