It’s getting to be that time of year when I’m looking for some scary stuff to read. I was super happy to get approved for an early copy of The Doll House by Phoebe Morgan, because I mean, just look at the cover! The Doll House is released today, and is definitely a book for those of you that like a little horror with your thrillers.
The Doll House by Phoebe Morgan
on September 14, 2017
Genres: Thriller, Horror
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You never know who’s watching…
Corinne’s life might look perfect on the outside, but after three failed IVF attempts it’s her last chance to have a baby. And when she finds a tiny part of a doll house outside her flat, it feels as if it’s a sign.
But as more pieces begin to turn up, Corinne realises that they are far too familiar. Someone knows about the miniature rocking horse and the little doll with its red velvet dress. Someone has been inside her house…
How does the stranger know so much about her life? How long have they been watching? And what are they waiting for…?
I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
a surprising past, dangerous acquaintances, and desperate revenge
What I liked:
1. I loved the creepy vibe of this book! Throughout the story, Corinne, our main character, is discovering pieces of her childhood doll house unexpectedly in her home. This is especially unnerving, because you know that someone is coming into her house and placing them there. I came to love the moments when Corinne would be home alone, because they always left me sitting on the edge of my seat.
2. The formatting is great for a suspense novel. You bounce between “then” and “now” chapters, and the mystery of the then sections (who is the narrator? When did these take place?) really keeps you turning the pages.
3. There is a lot happening, but in a good way. The book focuses on Corinne and her boyfriend, Dominic, but the secondary focus is on Corinne’s family. You find more and more chapters detailing some of her family member’s lives, and at first you don’t understand why they’re involved with the main plot. As the story progresses, however, you realize that the creepy happenings involving Corinne are much bigger than you thought.
4. The ending! It’s definitely satisfying. At first, when things started to escalate, I wasn’t sure I liked where everything was going. In the end (especially those last 1-2 chapters!), I was pleased! View Spoiler »It ended on a much more eerie note than I thought it was going to, and that appeals to my horror-loving heart! « Hide Spoiler
What kept it from being a 5-star read:
1. Sometimes the dialogue was unrealistic. For example, there was a scene where a mother is dropping her child off at the caretaker’s and says (I’m paraphrasing here), “I’m going to have to come by a little early to pick her up. Is that okay?” IS THAT OKAY? Mothers don’t ask the caretakers of their children when it’s okay to pick them up. This was just one example of many. Another thing that drove me a bit crazy: View Spoiler »Corinne’s boyfriend, Dominic, doesn’t believe her when she tells him about the little doll house stuff she’s finding in the home DESPITE HER HAVING PHYSICAL EVIDENCE OF IT. That’s SO UNREALISTIC. It drove me insane to read those scenes, because any normal human being would OF COURSE believe his partner when she shows him what she found, and he’d be just as creeped out as she was! It wouldn’t have even changed the plot to have him believe her, it would have just made things more realistic! « Hide Spoiler
2. The conclusion of things is somewhat predictable. You definitely know where the ending is headed pretty early on in the book. I was hoping for a bigger twist and that my predictions wouldn’t be right.
This is a fun and creepy page-turner. While the ending might have been somewhat predictable, it’s still a worthwhile thriller with excellent horror elements! I would recommend it to anyone looking to be a bit unsettled.