I’m delighted to welcome you today to my stop on the blog tour for chilling thriller The Silent Dolls by Ruth Heron. Thank you to Noelle Holten and Bookouture for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.
Silent tears trickle down her cheeks as she curls inside the tiny cave-like space. She lies on her side, darkness all around her, rubbing her fingers over the little wooden doll he’d carved. He told her to be quiet, not to cry or scream. Not to be a baby. Her throat was raw, her eyes swollen shut. She wanted her mommy and daddy. She wanted to go home.
When Penny Matthews, a seven-year-old girl with blonde curls and a gap-toothed smile, goes missing in the Appalachian mountains, Detective Ellie Reeves is called straight to the scene. According to Penny’s parents, their daughter vanished after a picnic by the creek. All that’s left behind is a pink friendship bracelet etched with “Penny”.
Ellie knows all too well that the mountains’ endless miles of dark forest and winding rivers are the perfect place for a criminal to hide. Racing against the rapidly setting sun and a brutal winter storm on the horizon, she searches desperately for Penny.
Special Agent Derrick Fox is determined to join the hunt. His younger sister, Kim, disappeared in the same area twenty-five years ago––on the day he was meant to be watching her. He’s certain the cases are linked and that over a dozen girls have vanished in the last decade. Ellie refuses to believe that their tight-knit mountain community could be home to a deadly criminal, but even she can’t deny the similarities in the cases. And when they discover the remains of a small body buried with a carved wooden doll, it’s clear they’re up against a deadly serial killer preying on innocent little girls.
As the temperature plunges, Penny’s life hangs in the balance. Most people who get lost in the woods never make it out alive. Can Ellie and Derrick defy the odds and find out the truth about all the stolen girls? Or will the mountain, and its twisted killer, claim another victim?
USA Today Bestselling and award-winning author Rita Herron fell in love with books at the ripe age of eight when she read her first Trixie Belden mystery. But she didn’t think real people grew up to be writers, so she became a teacher instead. Now she writes so she doesn’t have to get a real job.
With over ninety books to her credit, she’s penned romantic suspense, romantic comedy, and YA novels, but she especially likes writing dark romantic suspense and crime fiction set in small southern towns.
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The Silent Dolls by Rita Herron is a tense and chilling thriller that had me on the edge of my seat throughout. Detective Ellie Reeves and Special Agent Derrick Fox are investigating the mysterious disappearance of seven year old Penny Matthews, who has gone missing in the Appalachian mountains after a family picnic by the creek. All that’s left behind is a pink friendship bracelet etched with the word ‘Penny’.
What follows is a gripping race against time as the desperate hunt for Penny gets underway. As the temperature drops and Penny’s life hangs in the balance, Ellie and Derrick know they must do everything they can to unearth the truth before it’s too late. And when the remains of a small child buried with a carved doll are discovered, it becomes clear that Penny’s disappearance is not just an isolated case and that they have a serial killer on their hands.
Can Ellie and Derrick find Penny before time runs out? Or is the mountain and it’s twisted killer about to claim another victim?
Oh my goodness, what a fabulous and gripping read this was! I love sinking my teeth into a brand new series and this one did not disappoint. Detective Ellie Reeves is a wonderful character who I can’t wait to learn more about as the series progresses. Her partnership with Special Agent Derrick Fox in The Silent Dolls is a fascinating one, especially as he believes his sister’s disappearance 25 years ago is connected to the case of the missing little girl.
With twists and turns that will keep you on your toes throughout, this is a chilling mystery that once started you will not want to put down until the final thrilling page has been turned.
The Silent Dolls is a dark and atmospheric read that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.
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