Book Review : Faceless by Dawn Kopman Whidden

November 28, 2013 Book review 2 ★★★★

Faceless is a really well written crime novel brimming over with characters that I adore spending time with.  This is one of those times where the motto ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ comes in to play because I hate the cover but loved the content!

Book Review : Faceless by Dawn Kopman WhiddenFaceless by Dawn Kopman Whidden
Published by Brighton Publishing LLC on 23 June 2013
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 349
Format: eBook
Source: Received from Author
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A pretty teenage girl is found dead in the woods, her face horribly mutilated. A few days later, a second girl, also strikingly beautiful, is attacked in a similar fashion.
Who would do such a brutal thing—and why?
Is there some sort of psychopathic monster lurking out there, preying upon vulnerable females? Or were the victims targeted for some reason by someone they knew?
It’s up to two of Fallsburg’s finest, Detective Jean Whitley and her new partner, Marty Keal, to find out who’s responsible for the grisly crimes.  When she starts digging up clues, Jean is startled to learn that the crime has hit uncomfortably close to home. The victims—and many of the potential suspects—are classmates of Jean’s fourteen-year-old daughter, Bethany.

To make matters worse, Bethany’s behavior has drastically changed. Jean’s sweet, loving child has become a sullen, secretive stranger.  How much does Bethany really know about the victims—and the crimes that have taken place? Did Bethany’s hunky new heartthrob have anything to do with the crimes? And why does the mounting evidence keep pointing to a popular parish priest?
Through it all, Jean and Marty must unravel a multi-layered mystery and put a face on the unseen villain, before anyone else ends up dead…and faceless.

My Recap of Faceless :

A teenage girl is found murdered in the woods with her face burnt off.  Her friends who find her all act suspiciously and it looks like the police officers have a gruesome and tricky case on their hands.  And worse is to come when lead police officer Jean finds her daughter may be implicated in the case too.

First Line of Faceless :

“When you’re a homicide detective as well as a mother and the phone rings at 3 a.m., your first instinct is to take inventory of your children.”

My Thoughts on Faceless :

I love the way Dawn builds up her characters, they are all so full of life and I feel so involved in their lives.  Centre stage for this book is police officer Jean and her work partner Marty. This book is a murder mystery but it’s more than that, it’s a book about all the characters involved in solving the case plus their families.  That is my favourite aspect about it.

The town has a small town feel about it, a gossipy feel and it pulls you in till you feel part of the town too.  I really enjoy the home lives of Jean and Marty every bit as much as I enjoyed trying to work out who the killer was.  And believe that wasn’t easy to solve, there are lots of red herrings scattered around to fool you and I have to admit they threw me a bit.  I love that it wasn’t easy to guess what was really happening.

Jean’s teenage daughter gets implicated in the case and her recently fraught relationship with her daughter gets more and more strained.  I totally empathised with Jean and her mixed feelings, I think I would have reacted in exactly the same way.

The pace of the book was spot on for me.  It made for gripping and stimulating read and I just flew though it as I had to know who-dunnit!


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-stars

Who should read Faceless?

If you enjoy Mary Higgins Clarke books, then check out this author as she has a similar style of building up a community of appealing characters along with a absorbing mystery for you to solve.

Thanks to Dawn for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.


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2 Responses to “Book Review : Faceless by Dawn Kopman Whidden”

    • trish

      The characters are great and this is the second book in the series so I’m really building up a bond with them. And I didn’t guess the murderer until the end so that’s good too 🙂

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