A huge thanks to Heather Fitt from Bloodhound books for organising this blog tour and to Emma Pullar and Bloodhounbd for a copy in advance to read and review honestly.
Paper Dolls blurb
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?
This book has one of the most gruesome and graphic prologues I can remember reading and it had me hooked. I have read several reviews saying that this book relies heavily on the shock factor with how dark and disturbing it is but that’s okay by me. There’s something strangely satisfying about indulging my dark side every once in a while – and once you understand why these things are happening, it’s almost enjoyable.
Told from 4 perspectives, we see the story unfold in many different ways and from all points of view. Flatmates Mike, Bea and Kerri are all linked into the murders in different ways and their views are told in rotating chapters. After each round of chapters, there is one from the killer’s perspective too, making this compulsive reading. The chapters are short and easy to fly through but this is not a book that can be picked up and put down for a few minutes here.
The characters and narrative draws you in and keeps a tight grip that you are released from when it decides. The characters weave together intricately and keeps the story flowing, leading you along a twisty and twisted path until revealing who the killer is.
HIghly recommended for those who like a crime novel with a dark side.
Author Bio – Emma Pullar
Emma Pullar is an award-winning and bestselling writer of dark fiction and children’s books. Her picture book, Curly from Shirley, was a national bestseller and named best opening lines by NZ Post. Her second picture book, Kitty Stuck, was illustrated by her talented daughter who was just twelve-years-old at the time. Four of Emma’s short stories have been published. Her dystopian duology, Skeletal and Avian, are popular with fans of the genre and Emma’s crime debut is out March 2019. She also writes articles for Bang2write and dabbles in screenwriting.
Find her on Twitter @EmmaStoryteller or Instagram @emmapullar_storyteller or www.emmapullar.com.