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Book Review: Broken Dolls by James Carol

I’m always on the lookout for a great new book, especially when that great new book is a thriller. What’s even better is if I find a book that happens to be part of a series and the thing that tops it all off is if the author is not just a one-hit-wonder, but manages to write a series of thrilling, captivating and well-written books.

Now I think I might have found a new one of those. I’ve recently been travelling a lot, which gets me a lot of down time at some not so thrilling airports. That’s when I came across James Carol and his Jefferson Winter series. Before I get any further I have to confess I haven’t read them all… yet!


The first in the series of three is Broken Dolls. The novel evolves around former FBI star profiler Jefferson Winter, turned special investigator with a twist. The son of one of America’s most notorious serial killers, Winter understands what makes a psychopath tick for better or worse. Shortly after his father’s execution, Winter starts taking on his own cases to capture the so-called ‘unsubs’ whether they’re serial killers, rapists or one-time murders.

In Broken Dolls, one of those killers is spreading fear in the UK’s capital, London. Abducting and lobotomising young women, the unsub is getting ready to abduct his fourth victim when Winter arrives in London.

With time running out, Winter puts himself in the killer’s shoes to trace back his steps to catch the psychopath before there’s another helpless victim.

It didn’t take me long to lose myself in the book and once I’d started reading it, I simply couldn’t put it down. Carol is a captivating writer and it didn’t take any effort whatsoever to visualise his words. He’s crafted a brilliant, likeable, somewhat arrogant, but intriguing character with a fascinating story. Nature versus nurture is one of those topics that comes to mind when reading the book and it’s an interesting questions to ponder.

The book has some excellent twists and although you think you know the full story, you don’t. Winter keeps on surprising with new insights and theories, but what’s most important is if he can find the killer in time…

His first Jefferson book was released over a year ago and I’m not quite sure how I missed it, but rest assured I’ll be catching up on all of the ones he’s written so far in a matter of days.


One comment on “Book Review: Broken Dolls by James Carol

  1. Pingback: Book Review: Watch Me by James Carol | Indelible Pieces

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