The Sleeping Doll, Paperback
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


The first gripping mystery in the Kathryn Dance series from master of suspense, and author of the Lincoln Rhyme novels, Jeffery Deaver. California Bureau of Investigation Special agent Kathryn Dance is an expert in kinesics: the science of interpreting behaviour.

It makes her a brilliant interrogator. But she's up against Daniel Pell, a master of control who mesmerises, seduces and exploits people for his own murderous ends.

A convicted killer who is known as The Son of Manson for the chilling parallels between him and the notorious ritual murderer. To track down Pell before he destroys yet more lives, Kathyn Dance must enlist the help of four people from the killer's past.

The three women who lived under his sadistic sway in the cult he once headed. And the young girl known as the Sleeping Doll, the only survivor of her family's slaughter at Pell's hands ...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 560 pages, n/a
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780340833865



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I've long been a fan of Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme series, so my curiosity was piqued when I read the book where Kathryn Dance was introduced and I found that he'd spun her off into her own new series. I enjoyed the different take, from the physical evidence being paramount to the emotional tells of the people involved, that Dance brings to the table, and overall I enjoyed the story that played out here, with its own unique twists and turns and surprises.However, Deaver is used to doing a bit of over-explaining with his Lincoln books, everything is all about the science, with machines and chemical names and so forth that most of us laypeople wouldn't really know much about. But there are plenty of things about body language that are very much common knowledge at this point. Crossing arms, lack of eye-contact, etc, we all know what plenty of this stuff indicates. I was irritated with the over-explanations so often found on these pages. A lot of times it was even practically repeated when they continued to do something else that furthered a suspicion. We know, we get it, just "show" us that they leaned back and crossed their arms after their heated denial, don't <i>tell</i> us over and over that it means they're angry and closed off! I just hope that he's received some pointers on this issue from his editor/the public and that he'll have relaxed on that front in further books, because Kathryn is definitely a worthwhile character to follow.

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