Anneliese Vos, 16-year-old daughter of detective Pieter Vos, disappeared three years ago. Her father's desperate search revealed nothing. One day, Laura Bakker, a trainee detective, visits to tell him that the daughter of local politician, Katja Prins, has gone missing in circumstances similar to Anneliese. Vos is drawn back into the life of a detective, hoping that somewhere will be a clue to his daughter’s fate….
I have been totally gripped by this novel, the story was very complicated and held my interest right through. The main character was flawed as they all seem to be in today's crime novels, but he elicited my sympathy rather than my irritation - I liked him.
The story kept me guessing until the end, and I hated putting this audio book down whenever I had to attend to something.
Saul Reichlin is as superb as ever, one of the best narrators on Audible in my opinion.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Always a pleasure to listen to a thriller by Hewson and narrated by Reichlin. The central detective, Inspector Vos, has sunk into depression at the failure to find his kidnapped daughter, Anneliese. However, a new rookie police woman from the sticks, revitalises the enquiry, and the chase is on. Inspector Vos is a thoughtful detective, and could be compared to Morse. Interesting detective duo. Immensely enjoyable story excellently narrated by Reichlin.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I've enjoyed the author's Rome series so am surprised and disappointed that I was bored by this book. There are so many two-dimensional characters with unfamiliar names that I lost track of who are the criminals and who the victims inhabiting the various seemingly unrelated stories. I gave up about half-way when I started asking myself why am I perservering and moved onto another book that I'm finding much more engaging.
Saul Reichlin is a wonderful narrator with a lovely voice so I'm sorry to be giving up on this book.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful
Interesting Story but one I struggled to really get into and engage with the characters. Plenty of satisfying suspense and twists and a good ending.
The reading was good, although at times I did lose track of things but maybe that's me being distracted.
Well worth a listen .
A bit boring no excitement in the whole storyteller very good at trying to make it good
What made the experience of listening to The House of Dolls the most enjoyable?
well read, with convincing depiction of dutch characters.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The House of Dolls?
descriptions of the hero's boat and the cycling he did with his sidekick
Which scene did you most enjoy?
wonderful conversations with colleagues and ex-wife
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
felt tearful at the end - unexpected finale
House of Dolls - pieter frost ok read
Full of twists & turns in the storyline
Liked the partnership between Pieter & Laura
Saul good narrator
Where does The House of Dolls rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I loved this book. The story was good and the characters were quite fleshed out. I have been to Amsterdam several times so was able to visualise the places by the descriptions.
What other book might you compare The House of Dolls to, and why?
Difficult to say, I would compare any of Nele Neuhaus, but not sure if they are in audio
Have you listened to any of Saul Reichlin’s other performances? How does this one compare?
not listened to any other books read by him
I loved The Killing and bought this as a result. I was not disappointed. Saul Reichen is a great narrator and its easy for the listener to distinguish quickly between the characters. Nice to have Dutch names and places as a change from the usual Scandinavian ones too. I am going to continue my journey through the works of David Hewson.
Two fabulous new characters three if you include Sam which I do! I thought Mr Hewson would find it impossible to improve upon his previous hero's I was wrong and I am delighted to be so. I have already put the next in the series on my wish list but it will be saved until I have time to savour it properly because if it is as good as this it will be impossible to put down. the Narrator has utterly NAILED it is they day.