- Audio Download
- Listening Length: 11 hours and 24 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 16 Jan. 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00HFAOT28
Broken Dolls Audio Download – Unabridged
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Quick summary : Former FBI profiler Jefferson Winter is temporarily recruited by Scotland Yard to help them find the person/people responsible for a series of abductions of women. Four have been released with permanent brain damage and a fifth has just gone missing.
James Carol, the author, was born in Scotland and lives in England. I mention this because the leading character in the novel is American but almost everything about him seems British. His language and verbal mannerisms very rarely give the reader the impression that this is an American in London; there's the (very) occasional use of such words as 'candy' or 'cellphone' but these may actually be the only two in the tale. Non-American crime writers such as R J Ellory, Lee Child and John Connolly have consistently done a far better job of convincing readers that their lead characters are from the USA.
As for Broken Dolls, I am astonished and actually saddened that 1,266 people have said that they either love it or like it. It's not BAD, but it's so ordinary in every way that I can only wonder why people are so easily satisfied these days. The main man Jefferson Winter is utterly forgettable, and nothing he does lives up to the hype on the back cover that implies his IQ is not far off that of Da Vinci (which was over 200 apparently). His background suggests readers should expect an interesting and conflicted personality (his father having been a serial killer), but there's really nothing to either like or dislike. He's just a completely unremarkable person who I would have thought most readers will find difficult to engage with.Read more ›
Next move is to London where DI Mark Hatcher has four women, all tortured for months and then lobotomised into a vegetable state. Hatcher was getting nowhere. The latest abduction was Rachel Morris. Winter had a crystal ball approach to profiling, whether due to his training and experience or a gift. He would shut his eyes and accurately depict the circumstances of the abductions and the horrors they endured, even to the type of psychopath they were dealing with and the conditions they were kept in. Working with Hatcher and the beautiful DS Sophie Templeton, Winter applies his detective and profiler skills to investigate every clue or lead, even longshots, to trace the perpetrator of these horrific crimes.
The graphic descriptions of the gruesome torture the captors are subjected to are disturbing. Events take a few twists that drive Winter speedily to resolve the horrific events. Ingenious detective work, logic, intuition, aided by computer experts and Rachel's dodgy, wealthy father, lead to the possible location of the crimes.
James Carol has invented an attractive subject in Jefferson Winter.Read more ›
I was horribly disappointed. I can only conclude that it is #1 on this list (when I bought it) due to the low price.
Quick list of what I didn't like:
>Characters are all stereotypes.
>Plot feels like SAW script reject - and doesn't make any sense.
>There is no horror or suspense. (lots of 'torture porn' pretending to be horror)
>Main character is not particularly likeable - and his pseudo Sherlock Holmes like deductive abilities are so illogical in their construction that they're almost comical. He reads like a Robert Langdon meets Sherlock Holmes wannabe.
>Glamourises alcohol and smoking - totally unnecessary - is this book sponsored by Joe Camel and Glen Whiskey?
Basically reads like a bad SAW film - if you enjoy SAW type torture porn, you might get a kick out of it.
If you like atmospheric horror or true suspense generated by a solid plot structure and characters then give this a skip.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I realised that I couldn't continue to read this in bed at night. I ended up reading it in the morning when I got up! As much as it was scary, I had to finish the book. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Jo E
Loved this book , it kept me on the edge all the time .
5 star all the way .
Great for crime thrill readers like me .
Now about to start the next book . Read more
My first encounter with James Carol and Jefferson winter. An enjoyable read, winter is an empathetic character and I like his style. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Roisin Tolcher
Great writing style - found it hard to put down - really interesting characters that felt real and gripped me to the end.Published 1 month ago by Boophe
Was a bit slow to get started, all the excitement at the end. But a really good read. Would recommend.Published 1 month ago by brian