24 December 2019

Paper Dolls

Photo of the book cover of Paper Dolls by Emma Pullar

By Emma Pullar

Paperback 236 pages
Publisher Bloodhound Books (21st Mar 2019)

‘A deadly game of cat n' mouse ... Pullar's dark mind is a force to be reckoned with.' LV Hay, bestselling author

📕My Review

Mike, Bea and Kerri share a  flat in London. Mike is a struggling mime artist, Bea a once successful author and Kerri an epileptic journalist. When Kerri chances upon the body of the third victim of the Paper Doll Killer, the flatmates discover they each have links to the murderer. Is it possible the killer is one of them? Tensions run high as the friends start to turn on one another. 

Well, this book was a strange one! Although I enjoyed it, I found my interest waning at times. I had difficulty connecting with any of the main characters but I stuck with it and I'm so pleased I did because the ending was excellent. It was one of those "heck, I didn't see that coming!" moments and I just love it when that happens. I actually found myself thinking about the book long after I'd finished it.

The pacing was slower than expected but as I discovered at the end, there's a very good reason why - the clues are hidden throughout. On this occasion I hang my Miss Marple head in shame; I didn't figure it out until the very end. Whilst I didn't find it an easy read, the plot held together and the ending was extremely satisfying.         

Book Source: Purchased copy
Rating ⭐⭐⭐

📗The Blurb

When a killer is on the loose, is anyone safe?

When a bizarre set of murders take place in London, three flatmates become embroiled in the terrifying mystery.

Mike, Beatrice and Kerri all share a flat and a passion to move their careers forward. When Mike, a frustrated mime in Trafalgar Square, lays eyes on performance artist Princess, his world begins to unravel. Meanwhile, Kerri is struggling to hold onto her job as a journalist, when she stumbles across a body, which turns out to be the third victim of the Paper Doll Killer. Beatrice, who was once a bestselling author, looks to the series of murders for inspiration but finds a lot more than she bargained for.

As the three flatmates discover they each have links to the killer they start to turn on one another. Who might be next? Why does the killer paint the victim’s cheeks and lips with blood? What purpose do the paper dolls serve?

As the deranged Paper Doll Killer continues to stalk the streets of London there’s only one question that needs to be answered … is anyone safe?

📘The Author

Emma Pullar is an award-winning and bestselling writer of dark fiction and children's books. Originally from London but lived in New Zealand for many years and is an NZ citizen.
Her picture book, Curly from Shirley, which was created to raise funds for the Christchurch Red Cross Earthquake Appeal, was a national bestseller and was named best opening lines by NZ Post.

Emma has won writing competitions and her short stories have been published in several anthologies.

Emma's latest picture book, Kitty Stuck, was published by A Spark in the Sand and illustrated by her super talented daughter, Beth Pullar, when she was just twelve years old.

Emma is the author of three novels. Her crime debut, Paper Dolls, is out now.

Emma also writes articles for Bang2write.

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