Broken Dolls by BR Kingsolver
Private investigator RB Kendrick makes her living nailing cheating spouses, digging up other dirt to help in a divorce, finding long-lost relatives, and occasionally sniffing out criminal activity and fraud.
When she takes a job to find a missing girl, she has no idea she is headed for the most dangerous case of her career. Usually, her ability to read minds gives her an edge. But when the people she’s hunting are also telepaths, that advantage is limited.
The search takes her into the dark underbelly of telepathic society, where anything, and anyone, is for sale. She discovers that telepathic women and girls are being trafficked as the ultimate sex slaves.
With people trying to kill her, she’s on the run, not knowing who she can trust. Will she find the missing girl, or become a victim herself?
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Grade: A (5 stars)
I thoroughly enjoyed this read, and as I was reading, I kept turning to my boyfriend, and say, “Hey, guess what just happened in my book”, and this time, he was actually interested. I love the succubus idea for this novel. clever, interesting and unique. Plus, RB is such a fun character. She’s got strength, smarts, style and a little bit of sass. The idea of the levels of power the telepaths have also interested me a lot, I love that the author took the time to really describe all the gifts in the back of the book, for those of us who really wanted to know more, without weighing down the actual story with all this extra detail. I also thought the intro was quite helpful to set up the clans, the powers, and the general behind the scenes plot for the novel. Going into the story knowing that allowed a lot more of the story to slide by without needing excess explanation. Interesting plot angle to tie succubi to the sex trade. I would have never seen that angle coming for a book about succubi but I actually really loved the idea as a plot. I thought that the scenes were described well enough, maybe a little more could’ve been added, but it wasn’t really necessary. I know a lot of reviews mentioned that a lot of RB gifts didn’t get fully explained, but she does list them out and the back of the book goes into a lot of great detail for that, so I didn’t really feel like it hindered the story in anyway. I loved that it was set in Europe and especially Ireland. It’s just such a lovely place, so I love when books are set somewhere a little exotic from my boring,everyday, united states life. Overall, the plot has twist and turns, and the major one dealing with the girl they were trying to track down was the one that really got me. But I loved being surprised, I loved this world, and the characters were fantastic even if some of them suck as people. Check this book out, it’s a great paranormal read with mystery and humor! It’s perfect.
** I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
About the Author:
I made silver and turquoise jewelry for almost a decade, ended up in nursing school, then took a master’s in business. Along the way I worked in construction, as a newspaper editor, and somehow found a career working with computers.
I love the outdoors, especially the Rocky Mountains. I’ve skied since high school, with one broken leg and one torn ACL to show for it. I’ve hiked and camped all my life. I love to travel, though I haven’t done enough of it. I’ve seen a lot of Russia and Mexico, not enough of England and France. Amsterdam is amazing, and the Romanian Alps are breathtaking. Lake Tahoe is a favorite.
I have a very significant other, two cats and two Basset Hounds. I’m currently living in Baltimore, nine blocks from the harbor, but still own a home in New Mexico.
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