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Sort order. Broken Dolls by James Carol was a very disturbing read it chilled me to the core , but thoroughly enjoyed it. This was a really good novel a page turner. View all 10 comments. May 24, Paul Nelson rated it liked it Shelves: books-read , crime-thrillers , topto-read.
It's been a while since I last delved into the catch a serial killer genre and to be honest the repetitive nature of all the various different attempts eventually put me off. It turned into a chore searching for one that would bring something different to the table, characters that I could root for and a bad guy worthy of the accolade. My favourites of course being the darker stuff, point of view characters from the hunter and the hunted.
So Broken Dolls is my latest and a return to the crime th It's been a while since I last delved into the catch a serial killer genre and to be honest the repetitive nature of all the various different attempts eventually put me off. So Broken Dolls is my latest and a return to the crime thriller stuff that I liked to read before turning to fantasy and my latest thing, dark fiction and horror.
So could Broken Dolls manage to reinvigorate my feelings regarding that well-worn track searching for a killer who invariably tortures and kills, and eventually makes a mistake or is caught through sheer luck or ingenuity? Well Jefferson Winter is the hunter, a former FBI profiler who contracts out as a consultant searching for serial killers and the like. He's got an incredibly high IQ of course, drinks, smokes and his father was caught and executed as a convicted serial killer.
His latest case is in London, a brutal, cold blooded assailant who kidnaps and tortures his female victims, keeps them incapacitated for months, psychologically torments them and an all but final nail in the coffin. Using a particularly cringe worthy implement he takes their minds, leaving them a drooling vegetable. Jefferson is partnered with a female detective named Templeton who, we're repeatedly told has the looks of a model and is absolutely stunning. So did Broken Dolls do it for me, well I'd have to say it did and it didn't. I'm still in two minds about Jefferson Winter the whole likening his intelligence to Da Vinci was cheap as was the model like detective.
There was a couple of surprises that caught me but nothing really earth shattering, a familiar false trail exercise but on the whole the paths are familiar, so it's down to the characters and there's just enough there to revisit this series. View all 8 comments. Shelves: books-in-a-series , could-not-put-down , crime-books-read , graphic-gory , serial-killer-at-work. Broken Dolls is a fantastically disturbing crime novel that shares with us the horror of a particularly brutal and sadistic serial killer. If you like your crime novels with a bit of graphic eye popping moments, edge of your seat tension and some spine chilling moments, then you will love Broken Dolls, as did I.
Once Broken Dolls is a fantastically disturbing crime novel that shares with us the horror of a particularly brutal and sadistic serial killer. I LOVE a book with a Profiler in it, yes, I am a fan of the FBI's Academy at Quantico and those that rise through it's training and field experience to be able to get into the heads of the world's worse killers.
I wanted to be a Profiler when I left school true! We are introduced to Jefferson Winter, an incredibly intelligent and insightful man who is also down to earth and very easy to connect with. Lobotomies were used years ago in mental institutions as a so called cure for the seriously insane, eventually someone realised they were just making zombies out of these insane people so the practice died off thank God!
But this killer likes the technique and has practiced it well. The killer abducts then holds the women for months, they show signs of extreme torture and abuse and then are released, essentially as a vegetable for the rest of their lives. Death would have been a kinder end result. It's a race against time for Jefferson to find the latest woman taken before it's too late and another woman is damaged for life.
This killer has taste, he chooses his victims carefully, he has a preferred type, he's very clever and it makes for fascinating reading. The plot is fast paced from the start, the book moves between Jefferson and the police profiling and hunting this madman and the killer and what he is getting up to with his latest victim. We also hear from the victim herself, what she is thinking, feeling, going through - that was done really well if you ask me. It's quite disturbing, I really was imagining how terrifying it would be,it's the type of book you lose time in reading.
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I devoured it. The killer uses sadistic techniques and is well prepared to avoid being found, he has no intention of slipping up and making a mistake. The pace begins to really get traction in the latter half of the book and I was hardly breathing reading the last few chapters, yelling at the book, telling the characters what to do, you know those type of books? Where the tension spreads to you? Blimey, I needed a stiff drink after this one. Very entertaining, will thrill any crime fan, I think it's got a touch of difference about it, I liked Jefferson, I think the plot was excellent with a unique aspect to it, it keeps you on your toes and interested, like watching a car crash, you don't want to look but you can't help yourself.
The plight of these women is horrific. That one slapped me upside the head and I was telling the author he did a very good job on that one. Very chilling, thrilling and disturbing. What more do you want in your crime books featuring a serial killer? Oh yes! A savvy, smart Profiler who is on the case. We have a full house here. View all 19 comments. Apr 24, Brenda rated it really liked it. Jefferson Winter is the son of an executed serial killer, ex-FBI profiler, and international freelance consultant hunting serial killers. I found him to be a bit cocky because he's usually right, too perfect because the author gave him no flaws, and a lonely man because he moves on as soon as the killer is caught.
He is described as a genius and has a sense of humor at times. Early in the book, there were a few scenes that were condescending to women, which didn't sit well with me. Fortunately, t Jefferson Winter is the son of an executed serial killer, ex-FBI profiler, and international freelance consultant hunting serial killers. Fortunately, that didn't last long and no sexual relationship developed between Winter and Sophie Templeton, the local female cop working the case. I enjoyed the plot and the deductions that Winter made as he figured out the whodunnit. Winter does go rogue to solve cases and that is why he's ex-FBI, but it's fun to read.
Since this is a debut novel, I'm cutting James Carol some slack and giving this 4 stars. It did hold my interest. I have the second and third books and will move on to them next. I hope to learn more about Winter. Fingers crossed that I'm not disappointed. View all 4 comments. Oct 18, Lee rated it really liked it. Mr Carol, I am really enjoying your books now that I have discovered them and this was no exception. This is an excellent thriller, fast paced, great characters and an excellent story that takes you in and does not let go until the end.
Ex FBI profiler Jefferson Winters is the son of one of America's worst serial killers and he arrives in London to assist on a case where someone is kidnapping young women, keeping them for months and torturing them, a man that Winter intends to take off the stree Mr Carol, I am really enjoying your books now that I have discovered them and this was no exception. Ex FBI profiler Jefferson Winters is the son of one of America's worst serial killers and he arrives in London to assist on a case where someone is kidnapping young women, keeping them for months and torturing them, a man that Winter intends to take off the streets.
This really is great story telling and I loved every minute of it! View all 11 comments. Feb 18, Amelia Strydom rated it it was amazing. I didn't think so, but author James Carol changed my mind. Instead of murdering the victims' bodies, his "killer" murders their souls This takes a special kind of sicko, who can only be caught by "We build the foundation of our lives on faultlines and shifting sand, and in his last moments my father had managed to send a Richter-nine quake rattling through mine, destroying everything I'd held as right and true.
This takes a special kind of sicko, who can only be caught by a special kind of hero. Jefferson Winter fits the bill. As the son of a serial killer, he is in touch with his dark side. Surprisingly, this doesn't make him a brooding, tortured man; his sense of humour is delightful. His wit is razor sharp, even though his IQ is probably and by his own grudging admission lower than Da Vinci's. Not that Winter gives a rat's arse.
He isn't too bothered by rules, either, which is why he resigned from the FBI to become a jet-setting consultant. This case takes him to the UK. It's freezing and he'd much rather be in California, but at least the chemistry between him and DI Sophie Templeton creates some heat I can't believe I've only just heard of this author! Broken Dolls was a fresh, riveting read that left me a little breathless - and a lot excited about the rest of the series.
View 1 comment. Broken Dolls is a great tale about the profiling of offenders. I liked how Jefferson explained to the reader how profilers worked and how offenders have signatures to their behaviour. I loved all this detail, not just in the profiling of offenders but how people think in general. I loved how James used real locations in his story and how he used real life crimes to build the advice Jeffers Follow Jefferson Winter, an ex-FBI profiler as he helps solve a case in England for the Metropolitan Police.
I loved how James used real locations in his story and how he used real life crimes to build the advice Jefferson was putting forward. There were some great social observations throughout this story. I loved all the extra details that were thrown into this story which made it such an absorbing read. I really enjoyed this book and loved the parts when I wondered if Jefferson and the Police were simply getting it wrong and barking up the wrong tree.
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The joy I got from the detail and the great plot made Broken Dolls a very entertaining 5 star read. View all 3 comments. Mar 05, Dani rated it really liked it Shelves: cops-detectives-and-crime , series-started. A good little crime-thriller; Pretty much 'Criminal Minds' in book form, actually. I totally pictured Sophie Templeton as J-J, and they even say 'unsub', Likeable characters, interesting plot.
Not a murder-mystery, or a who-dunnit, in that as with all serial killer books the killer is obviously not a character we know, it's more about how Winter figures out who the unsub is when all of London is the suspect pool. I'd read the next one. Jan 11, Linda Strong rated it really liked it Shelves: read-in Jefferson Winter is the son of a serial killer. His father's last words to him before he ws executed for his crimes were We're the Same. Someone in London is kidnapping young women, holding them for months After the third woman is found, DS Hatcher asks for Jefferson's help.
I had a hard time putting this one down for any length of time. The characters kept calling my name and I was drawn back into the mind of Jefferson Winter's genius in getting into the mind of his prey. If that wasn't enough action, the author threw in a couple of red herrings I am so glad this is just the beginning of what I know will be a terrific series. I look forward to following this oh-so-interesting man along on his forays into more criminal minds.
Rates a solid 4 stars for me. Mar 18, Lisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: top-author , audio , nature-v-nurture , favourite-series. These 5 stars are for pure entertainment value certainly enhanced by listening on audio.
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Jefferson Winter comes to life in this absorbing and exciting crime drama - he is an ex-FBI agent assisting on a nasty serial crime case in London England. Ok, I'll admit it's a tad formulaic and nothing I haven't read before BUT Jefferson is awesome and the story was so well pulled together that the ring of familiarity was inconsequential.
I loved it! And I'm listening to the next one straight away as it's a These 5 stars are for pure entertainment value certainly enhanced by listening on audio. And I'm listening to the next one straight away as it's a brilliant holiday read. Just a quick note on the voice actors - superb! Apr 16, Tracy Fenton rated it it was amazing. There is a new hero in my life and his name is Jefferson Winter! When I started this book a couple of days ago I was concerned as some fellow bookworms in my book club said it was so gory and they had to take a breather during the book Not me It was perfect for me but now I am concerned how warped or depraved I am!
Each chapter galloped by at a fast pace, the dialogue and characters were faultless and I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. So much so that I am about to start There is a new hero in my life and his name is Jefferson Winter! So much so that I am about to start book 2 right now! I have this one for a while and since I'm in the mood for mystery thriller after finishing Robert Bryndza's Detective Erika Foster series, I figure it's time for me to try it. The premise is very interesting -- Jefferson Winter, an ex-FBI genius profiler, is a son of a serial killer himself!
This book opens with Winter watching his father's execution.
Winter still works as freelance consultant, offer I have this one for a while and since I'm in the mood for mystery thriller after finishing Robert Bryndza's Detective Erika Foster series, I figure it's time for me to try it. Winter still works as freelance consultant, offering his psychological insights on unsubs.
In Broken Dolls Winter is hired by Scotland Yard to help with cases of four women being tortured and lobotomized.
The fifth woman has been abducted and based on the timeline of the case of the previous four, Winter needs to figure out who the killer is before the killer adds another victim. The writing is good, it flows nicely to me. And of course the case is riveting. Darley Anderson authors are finishing the week on a high with four of them in the top 25 paid for books in iBooks Chart! James Carol leads the way at no. Tim Weaver is a no.
Lee Child is at no. Finally, Martina Cole is at no. Horrifying evil, a brilliant, conflicted profiler and cracking pace and tension. I read it in what seemed like two trembling gulps. The son of one of America's most renowned serial killers, Winter has spent his life trying to distance himself from his father's legacy. Once a rising star at the FBI, he is now a freelance consultant, jetting around the globe helping local law enforcement agencies with difficult cases. He's not got Da Vinci's IQ, but he's pretty close.
When he accepts a particularly disturbing case in London, Winter arrives to find a city in the grip of a cold snap, with a psychopath on the loose who likes abducting and lobotomising young women. Winter must use all his preternatural brain power in order to work out who is behind the attacks, before another young woman becomes a victim.
Jefferson Winter is an ex FBI profiler travelling the world hunting serial criminals. He is very good at his job. As the son of a renowned American serial killer he has learnt to accept there is darkness in his genes, an extra angle to how he views life. And it this innate twist to his personality that means he can make a difference. Katherine Armstrong at Faber has bought the first two books in the Jefferson Winter series from Camilla Wray, and says 'I am thrilled to be publishing James Carol and his first two Jefferson Winter books. In Jefferson Winter, James has created a compulsively readable character who has the intelligence and the charisma to engage and entertain the reader.
Think James Bond meets the Mentalist! It's a hugely enjoyable read and I look forward to working with James and developing the series. Broken Dolls is due for publication in the UK in early Our UK literary agents have a long history of producing commercial success for our authors in a broad variety of genres. Many of our writers are among the highest-paid, bestselling authors in the world.