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Tuesday 12 May 2020

‘Glass Dolls’ by D.E. White

Published by Joffe Books,
1 April 2020.
ISBN: 978-1-78931352-9 (PB)

Detective Constable Dove Milson is called to a murder scene. A young woman is encased in glass, it's exactly the same as murders four years ago but the perpetrator a Peter Hayworth had died of a terminal illness in Wandsworth prison.
This must be a copycat murder, mustn’t it?

Before she joined the present police department, Dove worked as an informant handler at the time of the previous Glass Doll murders. She had herself been seriously injured but was rescued just in time to save her from certain death.
To make it worse for Dove, her niece Eden had been one of the original Glass Dolls. However, her body had never been found although Hayworth had admitted to killing her. He refused to say any more before he died.

Gaia, Dove's younger sister then tells her that Agnes, the latest victim worked in her club.  One of her old reliable informants then gets in touch with her with important information concerning Agnes. He had previously helped her with the original Glass Doll murders.

Unbelievably Delta, Eden's young sister then goes missing. Everyone is devastated, even Dove's new boss Detective Inspector Jon Blackman is very concerned. Is someone trying to get to Dove's family again? As if things weren't bad enough word comes in of another Glass Doll death – it can't be Delta can it?

Meanwhile a link is made to a paedophile ring and mules and dealers of drugs. Dove is taken off the case as it is too close to home, but especially because her family is involved, she is determined to get to the truth. She follows her own lines of enquiry which very nearly cost her her life.

Is the latest Glass Doll her young niece and how long is it going to take the police to solve the whole sordid business?

A really great nail-biting thriller. Certain chapters are set aside revealing what has happened in the past and it slowly becomes clear to whom each of these episodes relates, very cleverly keeping the reader guessing right to the end.

There are a couple of really unexpected turns of events which made me gasp out loud. A thoroughly enjoyable book which I had a job to put down and highly recommend.
Reviewer: Tricia Chappell

D.E. White writes psychological thrillers for HQ Digital (HarperCollins). She lives near the Sussex coast, and has two children, both of whom are bookworms, so it must run in the family!


Tricia Chappell. I have a great love of books and reading, especially crime and thrillers. I play the occasional game of golf (when I am not reading). My great love is cruising especially to far flung places, when there are long days at sea for plenty more reading! I am really enjoying reviewing books and have found lots of great new authors.

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