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Summary

Anneliese Vos, 16-year-old daughter of detective Pieter Vos, disappeared three years ago. Her father's desperate search revealed nothing. One day, Laura Bakker, a trainee detective, visits to tell him that the daughter of local politician, Katja Prins, has gone missing in circumstances similar to Anneliese. Vos is drawn back into the life of a detective, hoping that somewhere will be a clue to his daughter’s fate….

©2014 David Hewson (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd

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"Dark and atmospheric with breathless pacing" (Linwood Barclay)

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Brilliant

I have been totally gripped by this novel, the story was very complicated and held my interest right through. The main character was flawed as they all seem to be in today's crime novels, but he elicited my sympathy rather than my irritation - I liked him.
The story kept me guessing until the end, and I hated putting this audio book down whenever I had to attend to something.
Saul Reichlin is as superb as ever, one of the best narrators on Audible in my opinion.

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Seedy Amsterdam, murder, kidnapping, new detective

Always a pleasure to listen to a thriller by Hewson and narrated by Reichlin. The central detective, Inspector Vos, has sunk into depression at the failure to find his kidnapped daughter, Anneliese. However, a new rookie police woman from the sticks, revitalises the enquiry, and the chase is on. Inspector Vos is a thoughtful detective, and could be compared to Morse. Interesting detective duo. Immensely enjoyable story excellently narrated by Reichlin.

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Enjoyable and intriguing listen

I loved The Killing and bought this as a result. I was not disappointed. Saul Reichen is a great narrator and its easy for the listener to distinguish quickly between the characters. Nice to have Dutch names and places as a change from the usual Scandinavian ones too. I am going to continue my journey through the works of David Hewson.

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I gave up

I've enjoyed the author's Rome series so am surprised and disappointed that I was bored by this book. There are so many two-dimensional characters with unfamiliar names that I lost track of who are the criminals and who the victims inhabiting the various seemingly unrelated stories. I gave up about half-way when I started asking myself why am I perservering and moved onto another book that I'm finding much more engaging.

Saul Reichlin is a wonderful narrator with a lovely voice so I'm sorry to be giving up on this book.

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Expected an exciting book from the author of the Killing, very disappointing. Didn’t hold my attention, story was disjointed and characters flat. Waste of a credit and didn’t finish.

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Complex story

The plot is based on a previous story. I think this helped to confuse me, with so many characters and so much going on I struggled to finish the book.

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Interesting Story with plenty of suspense..

Interesting Story but one I struggled to really get into and engage with the characters. Plenty of satisfying suspense and twists and a good ending.

The reading was good, although at times I did lose track of things but maybe that's me being distracted.

Well worth a listen .

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Gripped throughout

Great book, filled with twists and turns. Full of Amsterdam atmosphere, with wonderful narration by Saul Reichlin. I've read the Pieter Vos series out of order but it hasn't detracted from the enjoyment. Would recommend.

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Excellent choice of narrator in terms of Dutch.

I'm Scottish but have a Dutch father, and grew up speaking Dutch. Unfortunately there are few people that seem to be able to get even close to the Dutch pronunciations (in the version of 'the 1000 autumns of Jacob de Zoet' I listened to for example, the narrator didn't even do a quick Google check for the pronunciation of his main character's name!). Usually their attempts leave me bleeding from the ears.

So I was a little apprehensive about this book, but luckily, it all turned out ok. The narrator had a distinct South African accent, so I'm guessing he's either from there or has spent a lot of time there, and Afrikaans and Dutch are close cousins. I do understand that Dutch folk who speak English without a Dutch accent are somewhat hard to come by, so using a south African was a very acceptable compromise.

The story itself was a decent enough crime thriller. nothing Earth shattering, but perfectly readable. I'll continue the series as long as they keep the same narrator!

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Incredible and totally believable story.

The House of Dolls introduces a new range of detectives, villains and seedy characters from the pen of one of the world’s best crime writers. The story set against a critically and yet beautifully drawn Amsterdam hooked me from the start. My only complaint was that I had to sleep at some point. A perfect start to 2022.