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The Dollmaker

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  458 ratings  ·  77 reviews
In Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, a terrible secret is about to be uncovered by a woman whose daughter vanished seven years ago without a trace...

And now a new clue has surfaced...a doll that is the spitting image of Claire Doucett's missing child, right down to the tiny birthmark on the girl's left arm. A chance sighting of the eerily lifelike doll in a French Quarter coll
ebook, 400 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by Mira Books (first published August 1st 2004)
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I picked this book up on a recommendation, and I wasn't dissapointed. For what is Amanda Stevens's debut novel, this book was incredibly fast paced & hardly ever dropped a beat. I really liked how she made even the villains into complex & (for some of them) even sometimes sympathetic characters.

My only complaint is that the ending felt incredibly rushed in comparison to the rest of the book's pace. There was a lot that was left out & there was more than one question that was left un
Big fan of this Author's Graveyard Queen series. This book was totally not my cup of tea. I had to force myself to finish it. I thought it was draggy, I didn't like any of the characters, it had dead little children and the most action happened in the last 10 pages then it just ended. With hardly any resolutions. Can't recommend this book but try the author's others.
Mar 06, 2008 Cheryl rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys chilling suspense
Shelves: suspense
4.5 out of 5 stars

ISBN-10: 0778324281 and ISBN-13: 978-0778324287
Publish date: March 1, 2007
Mass market paperback; 384 pages; $6.99
Fiction, Suspense

The Dollmaker is satisfyingly creepy.

The cover of The Dollmaker was what first drew me, its shadowy blue and green tones, and the doll’s face, particularly the eye. I found it mesmerizing and was drawn to it many times before I bought it. And when I did, I wasn’t disappointed. It’s a story about tragic loss―the abduction of a child and the resulting
I am very surprised right now. This book was actually really good. For some reason, I didn't expect it to be, but I enjoyed it very much.
The Dollmaker is set mostly in New Orleans, Louisiana and in the surrounding areas. It's not often I read a book set in the South and when I do, I appreciate the vivid descriptions of all the colorful plants and trees and bayous that are not native to where I live.
Judging by the title and cover, I expected this book was going to be something supernatural invol
Diana Leigh
THE DOLLMAKER. Yep, it was as creepy as the cover. This book came out a few years before The Graveyard Queen series by Amanda Stevens, and I loved it. She knows how to create troubled and tragic characters who draw readers into their stories, and Dave and Claire – ugh, their story was heart-wrenching! Their daughter disappeared without a trace seven years earlier, their marriage fell apart, and Dave turned to alcohol. Then suddenly, Claire comes across a mysterious doll in a shop window that loo ...more
N.u.m.b S.S
على قدر ما كانت مثيرة هذه الرواية لكنها لم تكن بذاك الغموض المعتاد عليه ... تناولت المؤلفة قضيتين الرئيسية منها تدور حول صانع الدمى الذي يختطف الصغيرات لصنع و خلق عرائس ذات طابع خاص .. ما يثير القارئ هي سيكولوجية المجرم دائما ما تدخلنا الكاتبة لخلفية شخصياتها و ما حدث لهم بطفولتهم دائما ما أرى نفسي "متعاطفة" نوعاً ما مع هذه الشخصيات .. عيب هذه الشخصية انها لم تكن نهايتها مؤثرة او حتى مقبولة .. نهاية باهتة جداً .. هذه ثاني رواية لأماندا تزعجني نهايتها .. و كأنها حكت الاحداث بخلاصة و انهت الموضوع ...more
Amanda Stevens’s The Dollmaker uses post-Katrina New Orleans as its colorful backdrop. Its characters are moderately interesting but not terribly surprising nor unusual.

The plot is relatively good, although it didn’t have that taut, down-to-the-wire feel of a truly good thriller. The mysteries weren’t deep, and there was little question in my mind as to how things would end. The tension wasn’t drawn out very well.

The part that actively annoyed me, however, is that yet again we’re given a view of
Kathy Jackson

I started and finished this book today. I had come up with a similar idea several months ago after having a nightmare about a man who made dolls in the likeness of children he murdered. While doing research, I came across this book so figured I should read it – plus it is by Amanda Stevens whose Graveyard Queen series is one of my favorites.

It is obvious to me that I could not write this story even a tenth as well as she did so I had to give up on the idea. Stevens does an excellent job dealing
I really enjoyed this book. Some of the content was a bit disturbing, and sad, having to do with missing children, etc. but it was well written and kept me interested to see how it would end. I did think the ending was a little abrupt and could have been drawn out more but all in all I enjoyed the book.
Kitty Van ieperen
Wanneer Claire Ducetts in een etalage een pop ziet die sprekend op haar 7 jaar geleden verdwenen dochtertje Ruby lijkt, slaat haar hart over en krijgt weer hoop dat ze toch te weten komt wat haar dochter is overkomen.
Terwijl ze gefascineerd door de pop zonder uitkijken de weg oversteekt krijgt ze een ongeval.
De dag erna gaat ze alsnog naar de winkel terug, deze blijkt gesloten en de pop verdwenen.
Ze roept de hulp in van haar ex-man en vader van Ruby bij haar zoektocht naar de pop die naar haar g
One of the saddest and creepiest suspense novels today. Dave Creasy and Claire Doucett's marriage was shattered when their seven-year-old daughter disappeared. Dave turned to drinking and Claire remarried, then divorced another man who was no longer content to be the second-best man in her life.

One day while shopping, Claire spots a doll that looks exactly like her daughter Ruby. The sight of the doll shocks her so much that she stumbles into the road and is hit by a car. While in the hospital
Jennifer Schaper
The Dollmaker is a twisted tale about a man who wants to recreate his female counterpart Maddy, who was taken from him as a child.

(There’s more to it than that, but I don’t want to give it away.) The dollmaker kidnaps girls who look like Maddy. He makes dolls that look like the girls before he kills them.

Claire sees a doll in a shop window that looks just like her daughter, Ruby, who was kidnapped seven years earlier. No one believes Claire that the doll is an identical match of her daughter, es
dave is an ex-cop who cheated on his wife, and is in fact cheating on her when their daughter goes missing. their marriage couldn't stand up to the infidelity, or the guilt that both of them felt for not being able to stop their daughter from being taken. dave also changed evidence because he got a phone call saying that he would get his daughter back if he did. which, of course, never happened. claire is in the process of getting divorced from her second husband, also a cop, when she s
Ashlee Telschow
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Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
Rating: 3 stars
Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Seven years ago Dave Creasy and Claire Doucett were married and had a happy little girl named Ruby. Dave was a New Orleans police detective who at the time was looking into the murder of a teen girl named Renee Savaria. Dave was also falling further and further into darkness by drinking constantly and turning moody because the case was getting to him. He even went as far as to sleep with a female officer who was known to be loose in bed and who la
I have read a few books by this author and she has an amazing way with prose; she can transport the reader to a scene using simple but beautiful displays of words. This is coming from someone who often skims through descriptions.

Unfortunately I have always found Stevens' plots and characters lacking, and this book was no exception. I didn't believe the main characters as divorced grieving parents. In particular, the mother, Claire, seemed to have the maturity of a young college student to me. I
Kim Smiley
I never finished this book. Only made it to page 103. I just couldn't get into the story. this happens to me from time to time. The concept of the book was good, but it wasn't the type of writing for me that made me WANT to turn the page to find out what happens next. I like a good pageturner, and if a book is what I consider to be "lukewarm" I just have a hard time following through.

Like I said, the basis of the story was good. Man kidnaps little girls and makes dolls in their likeness. The ma
Linda  Branham Greenwell
I really enjoyed this book. It is a mystery about a policeman's child who is kidnapped. After the kidnapping the parents divorce and their lives become a mess. 7 years later is where the story begins. Amanda Stevens helps us to feel Claire's anguish over the loss of her daughter - and to also experience Dave's anguish and also his guilt and grief about what he was doing when the daughter was taken.

Claire has remarried, but that marriage is falling apart. When she sees a doll in a shop window, a
Extremely we'll written with well developed, complex characters and tight plot. Essentially a thriller with tragic undertones, there ate some tensions and romantic elements between the two main characters as well as additional drama in the forms of om and ow.

The reason why it is not a 5 stars is because of the abrupt ending.
Claire and Dave seem to barely living their lives years after the aftermath of their daughter getting kidnapped. Both have seemingly moved on, but only at the surface, neither had really done anything that allowed them to move on, until Claire glimpse a doll that looks like their daughter. After this their lives start to intersect again with all the things that had been going on in their lives brought out for reexamination. It is during this time that Claire and Dave find out what the other had ...more
Vince Liaguno
With The Dollmaker, author Amanda Stevens conjures up James Patterson and Anne Rice in this creepy gothic chiller of a novel. Making the leap from the romantic suspense yarns for which she’s known to psychological suspense thriller, Stevens steers clear of the throwaway potboiler and crafts a well-constructed, multi-layered plot ripe with police corruption, child abduction, and enough creepy dolls to make one shudder at the next mention of Madame Alexander. It’s John Berendt’s Midnight in the Ga ...more
Tina Axell
This book was phenomenal, I love Amanda Stevens' writing. I've read all the Graveyard Queen series and was not anticipating this book being as good. But it was. Great mystery, suspense and romance intertwined in the bayous of Louisiana and "Nawlins." Thank you for writing, Ms. Stevens, I enjoy your books immensely!
One day Claire Doucett, while out on a walk in New Orleans sees a doll in a store window with the spitting image of her missing daughter.

Claire tries to convince her sister that she is not going crazy and that there really is a doll that looks exactly like her daughter, as they travel to the store the doll is missing and the store owner has been murdered.

Claire than goes to the one person she can turn to her ex-husband Dave Creasy. Together they investigate the strange mystery surrounding the
A mother discovers a doll which looks exactly like her daughter who was abducted seven years ago. She thinks that the doll must have something to do with the vanishing. She contacts her ex-husband, Dave who once was a policeman to try to convice him that the dollmaker of their daughter look-a-like daughter must know what has happened to their daughter. And find out where she is. This is my first book by Amanda Stevens. I thought the plot was a bit creepy but I just couldn't like Amanda Steven's ...more
Susan Leurs
Feb 05, 2015 Susan Leurs rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Susan by: Nobody

Amazed by the story, somewhere you get an idea how the story will end, but then still you want to read and read as you want to know how it ends. Well written, recomandable!
Yes, trashy, trashy, trashy! But I figured it'd be fun. It was... okay. Not what I thought. No spine tingles and the ending sucked. I mean, I know it's not great literature, but it was like plod, plod, plod greatbigrushtofinish and nothing was tied up satisfyingly, even. I want my trash with a neat bow tied around it, okay? A bow that makes sense and makes me feel like "aaaah, that feels good". I didn't care about the bad guy getting caught, I didn't care about the characters, and the more I wri ...more
It was a page turner - however it ended a bit abruptly would have like for it to be played out a bit more at the end.
After reading some of Amanda Stevens other work, I expected to feel a connection to the characters in the book and to be at least mildly creeped out. Given that the story was about a creepy doll and it’s resemblance to a missing girl, I expected the creepy factor to be pretty dang high. But sadly I wasn’t creeped out, nor did I really care about the main characters. I don’t know what Stevens could have done differently to make me like this book more, especially since I know what she is capable o ...more
Barbara ★
Claire and Dave have been divorced since the kidnapping of their seven year old daughter, Ruby. Seven years later, they team up again when new evidence comes to light which sends them in a new direction. A doll - the spitting image of Ruby - appears in a shopkeepers window and immediately disappears and the proprieter of the shop is found murdered. Red flags go off in Claire's head and the hunt is on.

This is a good mystery but a real slow starter. The action doesn't begin until after page 200! I
Dee Dee Walker
Dec 28, 2011 Dee Dee Walker rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone looking for a decent serial killer book that is an easy read
Shelves: scary
This book for me is a 3.5 star. What does that mean? It means that it is a good book and I would recommend it. However, it was not overly original. The reason I did not give it four stars is because I was never suprised by what happened next. (I'm the type of person who NEVER figures out what is going on!) It was pretty straight forward. No brainer. I kept seeing this play out in my head like I was watching a movie. The only problem with that is I expect a little more from a book. With all of th ...more
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Amanda Stevens was born and raised in the foothills of the Ozarks, an area known for its folklore and superstition. She learned from an early age to fear black cats, ladders, and broken mirrors. A risk taker, she now resides with all three. She is also the mother of twins, a wannabe taphophile, and a collector of all things Alfred Hitchcock. When she’s not writing from her home in Houston, she lik ...more
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“But that was New Orleans for you. The old didn’t die here. They were just forgotten.” 5 likes
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