Book Review: Labyrinth of the Dolls
Yes! Ever since I read Craig Wallwork’s previous novel BAD PEOPLE I’ve been anxious for the return to the world and characters he created (especially Detective Tom Nolan). I’m happy to report that this sequel retains everything I loved about the first book, while adding new twists, more insight into Nolan’s character, and a creepy new killer!
SUMMARY: It’s been one year since the horrific murders of Stormer Hill, and the events of that time continue to resonate with Detective Constable Tom Nolan. In an attempt to find the second killer, known only as the Ragman, Nolan joins West Yorkshire’s Murder Investigation Team. Partnered with Jennifer Morrison, a straight-talking detective with her eye on promotion, the two officers are assigned to track down a new killer whose victims are all found dressed like human dolls. As the investigation progresses, Nolan becomes an intricate piece in the killer’s grand vision that puts his life in danger.
Without spoiling too much I’ll just say that I loved this sequel! The blend of crime thriller and psychological horror, the police procedural elements, the impeccable pacing, the strong writing voice and vivid detail, the gruesome moments and surprising turns – all of it is great! We wrap up some loose ends from the first book but leave the door open for future ones (I need more Nolan!). You don’t necessarily have to have read the first, but I highly recommend it because it’s great and it does help some of the elements carry more weight
I loved the character of Nolan in the first book, and I’m happy we get more insight into his motivations and thought process (both at the crime scenes and in his personal life). I also like that we introduced a creepy new killer with the Doll Maker, while still tying it back to Ragman and the cult elements of the first.
Thanks so much to @craig_wallwork for sending me an ARC. Guys this book is out now! Go get it!!
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️
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