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The House of Dolls

Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
Series: Pieter Vos, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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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….

©2014 David Hewson (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd

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"Dark and atmospheric with breathless pacing" (Linwood Barclay)

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  • mollyeyre
  • 05-05-14

Brilliant

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.

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  • Steven
  • 06-30-14

Seedy Amsterdam, murder, kidnapping, new detective

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.

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  • Diane H. Smith
  • 06-02-15

Enjoyable and intriguing listen

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.

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  • Kirstine
  • 10-20-14

I gave up

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.

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  • Lillian
  • 08-22-19

Very enjoyable Detective thriller

I enjoyed the story and the setting and all the characters. The narration was great and it would be a good holiday read.

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  • Brian
  • 08-15-19

Complex story

The plot is based on a previous story. I think this helped to confuse me, with so many characters and so much going on I struggled to finish the book.

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  • Grainne T
  • 07-24-19

Really liked it

It took me a while to get used to the names and different voices, but that's just me. The story is good, I liked the characters and the reader was good too

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  • Neil
  • 12-06-15

Interesting Story with plenty of suspense..

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 .

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  • carol Gallagher
  • 08-09-15

Long drawn out

A bit boring no excitement in the whole storyteller very good at trying to make it good

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  • Dr
  • 08-04-15

Missing girls in amsterdam

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