Reader Spotlight: The Doll by
Taylor Stevens

"The main character in the story reminds you quite a bit of Lisbeth Salander," says RIFer Jill. "Incredibly smart, focused, a little awkward around people, but amazingly dangerous in self-preservation skills. I'm in awe!"

My first impression: I was intrigued by the cover and the dust jacket synopsis. Never having read a Taylor Stevens book before, I was slightly lost at the beginning but quickly got into it.

As professional reviewers have mentioned, the main character in the story reminds you quite a bit of Lisbeth Salander – incredibly smart, focused, a little awkward around people, but amazingly dangerous in self-preservation skills. I’m in awe!

The story starts with a woman who is kidnapped to perform a mission, and subsequently tells of both her plight and that of her counterpart held as leverage to control her. I loved the writing style and how the chapters bounced back and forth between the two different plot lines, yet managed to keep you engaged the whole time.

The book was slow to start but picked up mid-way through with a large plot twist (as a crime junkie, I didn’t see it coming). While I wish I had a little more background on the characters (guess I have to read the previous novel!), I thoroughly enjoyed my intro to Taylor Stevens.

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I’ll be back for more. Thanks, Read it Forward, for giving me the opportunity to read this novel!

Movie alert! James Cameron has signed on to direct the film adaptation of Taylor Stevens’ The Informationist.

RIFers! If you’ve read a Taylor Stevens novel, leave a comment below with your review. We want to hear from you!

JILL is a "crime junkie" with a massive "read" list on Goodreads. She lives in Falls Church, VA.

About Kira Walton

Kira Walton

KIRA WALTON has been stalking books all her life as a college English teacher, bookseller, book club consultant, author, and editor.

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