“The Doll” by Taylor Stevens is the third book in the Vanessa Michael Munroe series and it is just as good, if not better, as the first two books in the series. What great about this series is, although ideal to read it in the order that it was written, you can still pick up the third book in the series and enjoy it without wondering what is going on.
“The Doll” starts off with Bradford looking out the window and witnessing Munroe being taken. He has no idea who took her or why, but he is determined to get her back. Having read the first two books in the series, we know that Munroe is not the kind of woman that needs rescuing, but that doesn’t stop Bradford from doing everything in his power to get answers. Once he learns that Logan – the only person that Munroe cares deeply for – has also been taken, Bradford understands that someone is planning on taking advantage of the unique skills that Munroe has by using Logan against her. “Vanessa Michael Munroe was a killer with a predator’s natural instincts; she could take care of herself. What scared him – terrified him – was what would happen if she was pushed too far. He’d seen that place of destruction, had witnessed firsthand what the darkness could do to her mind…” (The Doll, pg 11). Throughout the book Bradford is racing against a clock, knowing that the longer she is out there, the longer that Logan is out there, the more likely she will lose herself again. “The Doll” was a real page-turner.
I think that Munroe is an awesome character. She is strong, kickass, and at the same time, she is haunted by the lives that she has taken. She feels madness creeping up inside her, and despite how much she fights it down, it continues try to devour her. I like the fact that Munroe understands the toll that it takes on her own soul to take a life and therefore, doesn’t do so lightly. “Hands to her head, face to the stone, screaming without sound, she pushed back hard. For nine months she’d tasted happiness, a chance at the closest thing she’d known to peace and a real life. For nine months the rage and violence that had defined so many of her years had finally ebbed, and now those who had no right had come with impunity to nip her out of this newfound calm, throwing her into an impossible situation where no matter what she did or what she chose, the end result would be a return to madness.” (The Doll, pg 47). I loved this quote. I think that it not only describes how Munroe thinks and behaves, but also showcases Taylor Stevens’ writing, which I really enjoy.
Would I recommend this book? Absolutely! I am a big fan of the Vanessa Michael Munroe series. What makes these books unique is Munroe. She’s an awesome character with unique abilities that to most people would seem superheroesk. She is resilient, but she knows that she pays a price for what she does. “…survival and instinct that had made her who she was, and the unique set of skills both inborn and man-made that, once combined, had both blessed and very nearly destroyed her life.” (The Doll, pg 150). I think that Taylor Stevens’ writing has grown stronger with each book, and in turn, made Munroe a more developed and intriguing character. I am really excited that a new Vanessa Michael Munroe books is going to be released at the end of June. “The Mask” will be the fifth book in the series and I cannot wait to get my hands on it!