Review by Richard Beesley
The House of Dolls is the new atmospheric crime thriller from David Hewson, author of The Killing. Three years ago, the 16-year old daughter of detective Pieter Vos went missing. Despite their best efforts at the time, the police never found her body. It broke Vos, tore his family apart, led to him leaving the force, and turned his life upside down.
Now, three years on, another young girl has gone missing in strikingly similar circumstances. Vos is dragged back in and coerced into rejoining his former colleagues in trying to solve the mystery. Partnered with a young probationer, Vos must reflect as much on his own life and that of his now ex-wife, as on the people that surround him. Delving into the dark and secretive world of the back streets of Amsterdam, Vos starts to piece together the clues. But what will he find?
As with The Killing, David Hewson has pulled together a mix of both the political elite and the grimy underclass. The clues are scattered through the novel in a stylish and sophisticated way, although I failed miserably to solve them before all was revealed in the closing pages.
This is a fast-paced, brilliantly-written book, definitely hard to put down, and well worth picking up.
The House of Dolls, by David Hewson is published by Pan Macmillan and available to purchase from their website.
Disclosure: Pan Macmillan sent me this book to keep for the purposes of review. All opinions are our own.