Today I am one of the bloggers wrapping up the books on tour for The Silent Dolls by Rita Herron. This was released on the 17th of July published by Bookouture.
The Silent Dolls by Rita Herron
Release Date: 17th of July 2020
Format: Kindle Edition
Print Length: 366 pages
Genre: Crime Thriller
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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?
With a cover and a plot that was just screaming for my attention, I couldn’t resist signing up to review this book. When I got to the end of the story, the question I asked myself was, what did I just read? The answer, something absolutely brilliant that’s what! It completely blew me away and is one story that will stay with me for a long time to come.
What was meant to be a nice outing for the Matthews family, turns into a nightmare, when their 7 year old daughter Penny goes missing in the Appalachian mountains. Detective Ellie Reeves is assigned to the case and with help from Special Agent Derrick Fox, whose sister also went missing in the same area 25 years earlier, they work together in a race against the clock to try and find Penny before its too late.
With an opening that will both terrify you and chill you to the bone, Rita wastes no time in getting things started and the story moves at a super fast pace that had me at times having to put my kindle down as I tried to catch my breath, while also trying to slow my heart rate down as the tension and suspense is built up. Told mainly from Ellie’s point of view, I enjoyed reading parts from the killers perspective.
Detective Ellie Reeves is someone I connected with instantly and she makes for a such a great lead. She has been created with so much depth and I can’t wait to see how she evolves over the course of the series. I also enjoyed Derrick’s character, who by Ellie’s side, work very well together. The Appalachian mountains are a character in them self and Rita brings them to life perfectly. I was taken in with their beauty, but was also terrified with what went on deep into them and the secrets they hide. They really do steal the show.
The Silent Dolls is a gripping and very intense read and with it’s short chapters, you will find it so hard to put down. It really is a page turner that is actioned packed and with it’s twists and turns, makes for such an exciting read. A new author to me, Rita has impressed me so much with this book and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us with the next instalment. It was a pleasure to read and review The Silent Dolls which I highly recommend.
Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Rita Herron for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The House Party, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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Let’s Get to Know Rita
USA Today Bestselling and award-winning author Rita Herron fell in love with books at the ripe age of eight when she read her first Trixie Belden mystery. But she didn’t think real people grew up to be writers, so she became a teacher instead. Now she writes so she doesn’t have to get a real job.
With over ninety books to her credit, she’s penned romantic suspense, romantic comedy, and YA novels, but she especially likes writing dark romantic suspense and crime fiction set in small southern towns.
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