Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
Jeffery Deaver is a great crime novelist and the heroin in this series, Kathryn Dance, is an interesting character. I think the stand out for me in this story was the villain and the mystery behind who was the true villain.
Would you expect anything but a good book from Deaver? Of course not, and again he did not disappoint. The characters were varied and interesting each on their own. The ending was a pleasant surprise because just when you think you KNOW what is going to happen... well you listen and figure it out.
For the most part, believable, though the kinesics sort of got in the way. It was kind of text-booky the way Kathryn Dance described the tics and gestures of the liars she encounteres.
Daniel Pell is competing with Manson for world fame. The book competes at the same level, trying to create a "family" for Pell, one comprising weak-willed women who do his bidding. Shrug. Pell is a master at escaping and stalking the people who wronged him. That was a little much.
The "Sleeping Doll" of the title, wakes up one day and tells her story. It's pretty unremarkable. I think the author wanted us to feel so bad for her that she held that secret for so long and then she grew up and stood up for herself. But the "secret," such that it is .. is nothing, and it does nothing to help find Pell.
One problem I had, which was probably only evident in listening as opposed to reading text. Daniel Pell, Kathryn Dance, Rebecca, Samantha, and others.. all the names started to sound alike. A bit difficult to keep them all straight.
I found the use of masks and disguises to be a very childish device for the writer. It's a fallback that helps the writer avoid having to come up with plausible explanations for the killer's ability to escape detection. Reading some of the dressup scenes made me yawn.
I liked it well enough, and I'll look at other Deaver books. Not necessarily a "page turner," it stuck with me and I really liked the concepts of lie detection that it explained. (I loved "Lie to Me" on TV).
A few must reads: Mr. Mercedes, Narrows Gate, Cop Town, Bomb Proof, Wayfaring Stranger, The Son (Nesbo), Dept Q series...
Deaver is known for extraordinary procedural detail, twists and character development. I loved this book, particularly because it surprised me at several points. The suspense is also first rate.
The heroine, Katherine Dance is an investigator for the California Buereau of Investigations specializing inbinterrogation and kinesics (or body language). Deaver does a great job revealing her expertise without becoming tedious. In fact I found it fascinating.
The reader is Anne Twomy who does an excellent job.
This is a good book and you will enjoy the story. It will hold your interest to the end but it was long as Jeffery Deaver's books tend to be. I recommend this book.
I almost bypassed this novel altogether because I listened to Roadside Crosses first and was totally turned off by the narrator. Figuring Deaver deserved a second chance, I was pleasantly surprised (and relieved) that Ann Twomey is a talented reader. (Let's face it folks, the narrator can make or break the listening experience.)
The Sleeping Doll has well-rounded, interesting characters, and Deaver provides enough detail to keep his reader informed, yet wondering. A good combination, in my opinion; I don't need to be "invested" in the characters to like them or hate them. This novel offers an entertaining, fast-paced plot, and gets an all-around thumbs-up.
awesome, I could not stop listening, everytime I thought it was end , anther twist came along, I cannot get enough of this author,, congrats!
Unlike his other books this one failed to develop three-dimensional characters. The story line eventually gripped me but I never became invested in any of the characters.
This book doesn't stand up to the same level of writing as his other books and I felt Kathryn Dance works much better as a secondary character in the Rhyme series. Also the narrator lulled me to sleep at times.
This book was read very well and gave more feeling to text than any other reading I can recall. The plot was so compelling and the twists and turns were surprising and unpredictable. I really enjoyed it and hope to get more of the same.
Dennis H Rathmann