Doll Crimes by Karen Runge



“Doll Crimes is gut-wrenching, heartbreaking, and so smooth it reads like reality.~ Kaaron Warren, award-winning author of The Grief Hole and Tide of Stone

Karen Runge is writing some of the darkest, most unsettling, gritty horror out there. A mix of The Girl Next Door, Requiem for a Dream, Hard Candy, and The Last Exit to Brooklyn there is no looking away from the tragedy on these gripping pages. An uneasy tale told with no apologies, you will walk away from this story heartbroken.~ Richard Thomas, author of Disintegration, and the Thriller-nominated Breaker

From page one, Runge grabs you by the hand and drags you along. Her protagonist is a bird in constant flight, beautiful, brittle, broken−but there’s gold in her fractures, holding her together as she soars on thermals of simmering rage. Doll Crimes is an exquisite, painful, heartbreaking meditation on memory and of the evil that men–and women–do.~ Angela Slatter, award-winning author of The Bitterwood Bible


‘It’s not that there aren’t good people in the world. It’s that the bad ones are so much easier to find.’

A teen mother raises her daughter on a looping road trip, living hand-to-mouth in motel rest stops and backwater towns, stepping occasionally into the heat and chaos of the surrounding cities. A life without permanence, filled with terrors and joys, their stability is dependent on the strangers—and strange men—they meet along the way. But what is the difference between the love of a mother, and the love of a friend? And in a world with such blurred lines, where money is tight and there’s little outside influence, when does the need to survive slide into something more sinister?

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