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Reviewed by Ayrial King for Readers' Favorite
Finding out that your best friend apparently committed suicide by jumping from the roof of the university you both go to is not the way to start a Monday, least of all for Alexandra Neve, who has the feeling that her friend Irina Anderson did not jump of her own accord. Determined to get to the bottom of her friend’s death, despite the police’s insistence that it was “suicide,” Neve teams up with a very unlikely ally – her very antisocial blind history teacher Dr. Ashford Egan. Together they gather the pieces that possibly led to Irina's death and, with the help of the one policeman who believes them, Neve and Egan discover how far some are willing to go to stop them.
Cristelle Comby’s book Russian Dolls is addictive from beginning to end. As hard as I tried, I could not put it down. Alexandra is so engaging, even though she’s hot-blooded and as antisocial as she is artistic. Her unlikely partnership with her blind history professor Dr. Egan, Ash for short, helps her not only cope with her friend’s death (to a degree) but also find out what really happened. The events they face as they abruptly yet slowly come out of their shells to solve the mystery endears them to me more and more. Throughout the story their friendship blossoms and deepens as they decide to trust each other more than they have trusted any other person in their lives, and Comby illustrated this vividly. I will be first in line for her next book Ruby Heart.