- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Sphere (12 Sept. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0751550523
- ISBN-13: 978-0751550528
- Product Dimensions: 19.9 x 3.1 x 16.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Doll's House (Brennan and Esposito) Paperback – 12 Sep 2013
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The fifth book featuring detective Brennan and Esposito
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From the outside, the house was unremarkable. Just one of many on an ordinary, suburban estate. But inside was a different matter. With pink ribbons and pink walls, stuffed toy animals everywhere and a dining table laid out for a tea party, it was a doll's house. The doll was sitting at the table. Life size, with blonde, pigtailed hair and rosy red cheeks, dressed in her best pink party dress. Her finger and thumb curled round the handle of a fine china teacup. An adult woman. Covered in blood. Eviscerated. Dead. In all his years on the force, DI Phil Brennan of the Major Incident Squad has never encountered a scene like it. As he investigates he uncovers more bizarre revelations and realises that he must act fast; the next murder has already been planned and the victim is close to home ...See all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
Well... Phil quickly gets involved in the most strange of murder investigations after a woman is found dead, strangely she is dressed as a doll and sat as if she was drinking a cup of tea at a doll's tea party.
Tania Carver raises the tension swiftly and it never lets up throughout the book. With a dual narrative giving the reader insight into the killer's mind this book is nothing short of shocking. Although this isn't the first time dual narrative has been used in a crime novel in this book it soon becomes apparent that everything may not be quite as it first seems. The reader can work alongside the police trying to guess the motive of this most gruesome of murders.
Living in a new location both Brennan and Esposito have new colleagues to meet and new bonds to make, for Phil this isn't going to be straightforward with a certain level of resentment surrounding his new role. Marina is also finding her feet with her university colleagues when strange things begin to happen.
As with the previous books in this series the author doesn't hold back on gore, this is not reading for the faint-hearted, however if you are feeling brave this is a really good read and I for one am looking forward to the next in the series.
As is usual in this series of books the mystery is convoluted and nothing is quite as it seems. The pace is quick and the new characters are realistic and interesting. The story is nowhere near as gruesome as the publicity may make you believe although it is true that this is not a cosy murder and there are some very nasty perversions at the heart of the plot.
I was dismayed that yet again the investigator and their family was at threat in this book. Will the author(s) ever give Phil and Marina a break ? I was also concerned that again the story revolves around Marina not sharing something with other people - you would have thought that she would have learned better after her experience in the last book or also because she is a psychologist who should really know why she is hiding things and rise above it.
All in all, however, this is a gripping read with plenty of action and a clever puzzle at the heart of the book. Very enjoyable.
Brennan and Esposito, plus their daughter, have moved to Birmingham, to escape the bad memories of earlier in the year. Brennan has a new department in the local police to acclimatise to and Esposito is working for Birmingham University, as a Psychology lecturer. Brennan gets a new horrific case to work on. A woman has been found dead, dressed as a doll and arranged in a tableau. It becomes more horrific, when the full details are revealed. Esposito has some trying times, as she adjusts to her new job and new colleagues.
It is such a great idea to take Brennan and Esposito to new territory. It completely refreshes the series and adds new faces. I completely approve. In fact this would be a perfect place for new fans to find the series. Marina Esposito goes through a hard time (can’t say more than that- spoilers) and this leads her to become increasingly isolated from her husband. As a psychologist, I would have assumed Marina would have told Phil. I didn’t feel it was an inconsistency, more a reveal about Marina and how she deals with trauma.
Overall this has a weird and very contemporary feel about it. I loved it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love the characters Phil and Marina, and love all the books I have read so far by this author. I know that every time I start to read one in this series I know that I am in for a... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Odette
I absolutely love these books, so hard to put down. Great stories, great characters, brilliant plots.Published 8 months ago by jackiemoran
Enjoyable Police Thriller. This is the first book I have read by Tania Carver so didn't know too much about the Detective Phil Brennan and his wife. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Hazel
Good story very unusual and well written. Good twists and turns.Published 11 months ago by Proud grandmother
Any crime and drama fans. I normally read horror but really enjoyed these books. A friend recommended them to mePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
A slow start and a bit confusing with all the different POVs at times but it picked up in the last 1/3. An action packed ending, though a little rushed
Tania Carver has just one reason to disappoint me - not enough of her books on sale! Twisted killers, squabbling staff in the police force, two well written and likeable main... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Tanith Panic
Brilliant story line. I've read all the others in this series and they are all great - likeable characters and easy to read. Chapters short so you don't get bored.Published 17 months ago by Susan O'Brien