Pretty Broken Dolls by Jennifer Chase – Book Review

Pretty Broken Dolls by Jennifer Chase – Book Review

Pretty Broken Doll by Jennifer Chase

Pretty Broken Dolls
Detective Katie Scott Book Six

Author – Jennifer Chase
Publisher – Bookouture
Pages – 301
Released – 5th August 2021
ISBN-13 – 978-1838888985
Format – ebook, paperback, audio
Rating – 5 Stars
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In the thin light of the moon, the woman’s limp body hangs from the iron fence amongst the redwoods. Looped over the railings is the little gold locket her mother gave her when she turned sixteen. The picture of the girl inside smiles out at a future she’ll never see…

As day breaks over the fairground, Detective Katie Scott forces herself to take in another disturbing scene in front of her. A woman, the same age as her, found slumped in the carriage of the Ferris wheel, red lipstick dragged across her lips, her throat cut.

Katie doesn’t want to believe that the serial killer picking off women across the state has found their way to the small town of Pine Valley, California, but when her team finds a gold engagement ring hanging nearby, it’s a terrifying, but undeniable fact.

With a twisted killer on her doorstep, Katie knows if she doesn’t act fast, she’ll find more women left out in the cold like broken dolls. Her team hit dead end after dead end, but only she can see the vital link between the victims: a connection with Katie herself.

Katie has spent years pushing traumatic memories of her years in the military far out of reach, but she must confront them now or more innocent women will die. But as the killer circles closer and closer to Katie, what if the only answer is to give him what he wants? There must be another way…

Review by Stacey

Jennifer Chase is back with the sixth instalment of her Detective Katie Scott series. This time Detective Scott is on the hunt for a serial killer that has been killing women and leaving them looking like broken dolls for others to find. The killer has struck in different parts of California and now they are in Detective Katie Scott and Deputy Sean McGaven’s territory – Pine Valley.

Helping them out is Special Agent Dane Campbell who has been following the killer and trying to work out who they are and bring them to justice. It isn’t long before Katie realises that there is a connection to her past and her military career and the plot starts to unravel for her.

Jennifer Chase is a pure master when it comes to writing exciting, edge of your seat thrillers. I have loved this series since the very beginning and look forward to meeting Katie again with each new book. I also know that the writing will be spot on and the cases gruesome and yet enthralling.

Pretty Broken Dolls had me second-guessing each new character that appeared, wondering what they had to do with the case and could they be the killer. With all the twists, turns, and red herrings thrown in I was left guessing for a long time and only clicked just before the reveal. I love a book that I can’t second guess.

As with all of the others in the series, this book is fast-paced and I flew through it in just two sittings. I did not want to put it down. I now can’t wait for book seven, bring it on!

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Jennifer Chase

Jennifer Chase is a multi award-winning and best-selling crime fiction author, as well as a consulting criminologist. Jennifer holds a bachelor degree in police forensics and a master’s degree in criminology & criminal justice. These academic pursuits developed out of her curiosity about the criminal mind as well as from her own experience with a violent psychopath, providing Jennifer with deep personal investment in every story she tells.

In addition, she holds certifications in serial crime and criminal profiling. She is an affiliate member of the International Association of Forensic Criminologists, and member of the International Thriller Writers.

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6 Responses

  1. Jennifer Chase says:

    Thank you for reviewing Pretty Broken Dolls! 🙂

  2. You are very welcome. I have loved the whole series and can’t wait for more.

  3. DJ Sakata says:

    This looks tasty – your review has me itching to pick it up

  4. Thank you DJ, glad you like the book and I hope you get to read it too.

  5. vidya says:

    It has been a while since I read thrillers like this.. this one sounds great.. thanks for the review

  6. Not my genre but I’m glad you enjoyed and the cover is pretty!