By Taylor Stevens
Disclaimer: I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book to review. As is my policy with books that I receive for review, if I don’t like it, I don’t review it.
I find that I often receive books for review that are a bit outside of my normal reading circles. It’s part of why I like reviewing books. It makes me stretch a little bit and read new material from new authors, or different genres. I suppose that The Doll is a thriller/suspense novel as it is categorized. More fitting, perhaps, would be a spy thriller. Although, not really a spy book. It’s a cool mashup of spy type activity, ala Jason Bourne, and detective sort of lines. Hard to pigeon-hole into any one fitting.
Stevens melds a world of underground human trafficking, spy-for-hire action, and sends the reader into an action packed thriller that leads us from Texas to Croatia and beyond as Monroe, the protagonist, struggles with lives in the balance.
The Doll is the third novel in the series that centers on Vanessa Michael Monroe. I felt that there were one or two details that would have become clearer had I read the first two novels in the series, but overall, I think that a reader could easily pick up the book and get into the story without that. The writing is clear, and the plot is fast moving and filled with action. If there’s one thing that I could pick out from the plot is that it almost seemed to go a bit too fast at times. But, that could easily have been me, and not the book. I tend to prefer longer, “thinking” novels, which a thriller/suspense novel is not really meant to be.
The Doll falls somewhere in the middle of the road for me. It’s not my normal genre, and not one that I feel particularly drawn to. As such, I wouldn’t grade the novel all that high. Maybe a 3 star shot for me. However, I would say that if you’re a fan of the spy thriller/suspense novel, picking up this or any of the Monroe series novels would probably be a good pick up.
As of this writing, The Doll is scheduled to be released on June 4th, 2013. You can preorder it now, or buy it tomorrow, on Amazon.