The summer just got hotter with Taylor Stevens’ sizzling new thriller, The Doll!
For those of you unfamiliar with Vanessa “Michael” Monroe, the protagonist of The Doll and Taylor Stevens’ prior two novels, The Informationist and The Innocent – it’s time to get acquainted! And those of us who are already fans of Stevens can cheer – Stevens has once again crafted a fast-paced exciting story that will leave you breathless.
Michael Monroe is tough as nails, multilingual and as comfortable with a knife as the most stone cold killer. She is also damaged from a traumatic childhood spent with missionary parents in lawless Africa, and the enduring torture by a brutal man. Her strengths and weaknesses are what makes Munroe such a compelling charachter.
The Doll begins when Monroe, herself, is kidnapped and taken to Croatia by a shadowy figure known as The Doll Maker. She is thrust into a world of human smuggling, where girls and women are merchandise. The Doll Maker’s henchmen have also kidnapped her best friend and will kill him unless Monroe delivers a captured young woman to the sadist who has bought her.
As with Stevens’ other novels, locale plays an important role in this story. The Doll takes us through Croatia, Italy, Slovenia, Albania, Morocco and France, as The Doll Maker dictates Monroe’s every move. Monroe, under the control of this sociopath, must decide whether she will sacrifice the innocent young woman she is supposed to deliver in order to save the life of her best friend.
As with her previous novels, Stevens has done her research. Each locale is detail-specific, and readers are thrust into the horrors and indignities of the world of human trafficking. And although The Doll is plot driven, the characters are realistic and the dialogue-authentic. The Doll, like Taylor Stevens’ other novels, will leave you breathless – and impatient to meet Monroe again.