‘Glass Dolls’ by D. E. White


Detective Dove Milson is called out to a chilling murder scene by the coast. A teenage girl is found murdered, encased in glass.

The murder is a replica of the work of a serial killer known as the Glass Doll murderer, who entombed his victims in glass to watch them die. He would be the prime suspect but . . .


The kicker?

Dove’s own niece was one of the original Glass Doll victims.

When her other niece goes missing, it looks like the copycat killer plans to repeat history in more ways than one.


Time is running out. Dove must race to catch a killer before it’s too late. Then a new lead tears a hole in the case.



My Review

‘Glass Dolls’ is the first book in the series featuring Detective Constable Dove Milson and it is written by D. E. White, who also writes under the name of Daisy White.  I have been a fan of Daisy’s work for quite a while now and when I heard that she was due to release a new book in a new series, I just knew that I had to read it as soon as I could.  I had a gut feeling that I would love the book and guess what?  I was correct.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Glass Dolls’ but more about that in a bit.

What can I say about DC Dove Milson?  For a start, you are not likely to forget her name in a hurry.  She has to have one of the most unique and beautiful names I have ever come across.  Dove is a young police officer, who has undergone significant trauma in her personal life on at least two counts.  Her niece was abducted and killed.  Dove herself was savagely attacked and the injuries that she sustained, has meant that she cannot have children, which is a massive thing to have to come to terms with at her age. Dove is tenacious, tough, determined, stubborn, supportive, compassionate, kind and feisty.  She is one tough cookie but then she has had to be.   Dove is eager to get back to normal work wise and keen to make a good impression but a spanner is thrown into the works when a series of murders happen which eerily echo the characteristics of murders, which were committed and solved in the past and for which the perpetrator is in prison.  For Dove, this case is personal and she will do anything to solve it.

Oh my word, ‘Glass Dolls’ is another amazing read from Daisy White.  As soon as I started to read, that was it, I just knew that I wasn’t going to be able to put this book down.  In fact I made the oft fatal mistake of starting to read this book shortly before I went to bed.  Let’s just say that I was reading into the wee small hours of the night and I had a ‘lack of sleep’ hangover the next morning.  If I wasn’t reading the book, I was thinking about the book  and if I had to put the book down then I would immediately look forward to being able to pick the book back up again.  I wasn’t able to read the book solidly because awkward things like real life and the need to sleep got in the way.  From the moment I picked the book up until the moment I read the last word on the last word, I was completely under this book’s spell.  The pages turned increasingly quickly as my desperation to find out how the story concluded grew and grew.  I soon reached the end of the book, which I had mixed feelings about.  Don’t get me wrong, I was pleased to finish the book because it meant I knew how the story concluded, but I was enjoying the author’s writing style, the storylines and the characters so much that I just didn’t want the story to end.

‘Glass Dolls’ is superbly written but then I wouldn’t expect anything else from D. E White/ Daisy White.  She has a knack of grabbing your attention with an eye catching synopsis and then she draws you into the story.  As I said further up this review, DC Dove Milson is a character that I will not forget in a hurry. The unusual circumstances in which the murderer leaves his victims ensures that ‘Glass Dolls’ will stay fresh in my mind for a long time to come.  This author has one of hose writing styles that makes you feel as though you are part of the story yourself and that you are part of the investigating team.  That’s how I feel at any rate.

Reading ‘Glass Dolls’ was much like being on an unpredictable and scary rollercoaster ride with lots of twists and turns along the way.  Just when you thought that the action had settled down and you could take a moment to catch your breath, then off the action would go again.  ‘Glass Dolls’ is a gripping start to a new series and I was on the edge of my seat throughout.

In short, ‘Glass Dolls’ is another amazing book, which I would have no hesitation in recommending to other readers.  I will definitely be reading more of D. E. White’s work in the future.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.



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