Glass Dolls by D.E. White

A review of the psychological thriller Glass Dolls by D.E. White.

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Glass Dolls is a psychological thriller set in the U.K. The story centres around a recently transferred detective, Dove Milson, and her investigation into the murder of a young woman, who suffocates inside a glass coffin. The murder bears more than just a passing resemblance to a previous case in which Milson was personally involved. With the perpetrator of that crime, Peter Hayworth, being dead the detective must decide if this is a copycat or if he had a partner?

Written mostly from Dove’s point of view, the narrative is quite slow-paced and at times tedious. Ms White has a tendency to provide too much information, too much non-essential conversation and too much inane explanation. I am sure this was to help with the character development, but Dove still came across as a very boring two dimensional character. The introduction of her ‘troubled past’ is quite well done, however, as it is slowly drip fed into the plot. As a reader, I remember nothing about the peripheral characters and had to keep flicking back to find out who Ms White was talking about.

We find out quite early on that Dove’s niece was a victim of the original killer, Peter Hayworth, and when a second family member goes missing Dove must consider that her family are the targets of this new antagonist. The introduction of her sisters adds nothing to the overall story as they too have little personality. In fact, I had no interest in them whatsoever. The same goes for the detective’s insipid boyfriend.

Ms White’s writing style is easy to read and flows quite nicely, albeit slowly. There is very little bad language and no gratuitous violence.

The actual plot of the book was okay and had some interesting points. I found the twists to be telegraphed and not at all shocking or unexpected. I did think the ending was quite far fetched and not in keeping with the rest of the story. There were very few clues leading up to the revelation of the killer and his motive. There is a sub-plot going on: the glass doll murders and the disappearance of Dove’s niece.

This book was not terrible, it was just too polite and slow. I felt as if I were eavesdropping on someone else’s conversation but it would be rude to interrupt. Even the swearing comes across as polite, like the Queen started swearing. I found it very false and completely unnecessary.

I would recommend this book if you are between books and just want something to fill the time.

Cassidy grew up in Thanet and lives here with her family.

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