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Oh my freaking gawd!! The Silent Dolls was bloody brilliant. Author Rita Heron sure knew how to raise my hackles and increase the creep factor with each turn of the page. At some moments, I felt as if someone were watching me. I was that connected to the main character, Detective Ellie Reeves.
A missing child during a picnic, and the investigation started with Ellie at the helm and Special Agent Derrick Fox assisting her.
My first book by this talented author, I was completely sucked in by the plot. Ellie was carefully etched. She was emotional and determined. Nothing stood in her way when she was searching for answers, not even the reigning sheriff, her father.
I was quite amazed at the author’s writing. Having read so many police procedural, I didn’t expect that I would love Ellie so much. Her thoughts and expressions were just right. The story quickened my pulse rate when another child was lost. Oh my! Search faster, Ellie!!
Pages turned faster than believable as clues were seeked and leads were followed. Derrick was quite a complement to her. The prose flowed well, bringing lies and decepetion to the forefront. Twists added to the excitement, making it a complete race against time.
An UNPUTDOWNABLE book which gripped me with the lost children and made it a rocking with the cool dudette, Ellie Reeves.
I received a ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.
All my reviews can be read here
Silent tears trickle down her cheeks as she curls inside the tiny cave-like space. She lies on her side, darkness all around her, rubbing her fingers over the little wooden doll he’d carved. He told her to be quiet, not to cry or scream. Not to be a baby. Her throat was raw, her eyes swollen shut. She wanted her mommy and daddy. She wanted to go home.
When Penny Matthews, a seven-year-old girl with blonde curls and a gap-toothed smile, goes missing in the Appalachian mountains, Detective Ellie Reeves is called straight to the scene. According to Penny’s parents, their daughter vanished after a picnic by the creek. All that’s left behind is a pink friendship bracelet etched with “Penny”.
Ellie knows all too well that the mountains’ endless miles of dark forest and winding rivers are the perfect place for a criminal to hide. Racing against the rapidly setting sun and a brutal winter storm on the horizon, she searches desperately for Penny.
Special Agent Derrick Fox is determined to join the hunt. His younger sister, Kim, disappeared in the same area twenty-five years ago––on the day he was meant to be watching her. He’s certain the cases are linked and that over a dozen girls have vanished in the last decade.
Ellie refuses to believe that their tight-knit mountain community could be home to a deadly criminal, but even she can’t deny the similarities in the cases. And when they discover the remains of a small body buried with a carved wooden doll, it’s clear they’re up against a deadly serial killer preying on innocent little girls.
As the temperature plunges, Penny’s life hangs in the balance. Most people who get lost in the woods never make it out alive. Can Ellie and Derrick defy the odds and find out the truth about all the stolen girls? Or will the mountain, and its twisted killer, claim another victim?
Publication Date: July 2020