Reviewed By Steve Parkes
Bald Mage Rating 7.5/10
Before I start I would like to thank HQ Digital and Netgalley for giving me a free copy to review.
‘Thank God I’ve found you. Thank God you’re alive’
So here we are my 600th review and we celebrate it with a review of The Doll House and I have to say I enjoyed it. I have read a few novels like this, this year and haven’t been that impressed or I got bored very quickly; with this book I enjoyed it all the way to the end.
The book is centred around a family or to be more specific two sisters Corinne and Ashley. Corrine and her boyfriend Dominic have been trying for a baby and have been having IVF treatment but to no success and Ashley has a husband and 3 kids.
What I liked about the book straight away was the fact it’s told from different points of view; split between Corinne, Ashley, Dominic and a mystery character who I won’t go into too much detail over. The author grabs your attention from the start and I wanted to know what the hell was going on. The author captures emotions really well as we see the two sisters cope with some pretty strange things; such as doll house pieces appearing from nowhere and mysterious phone calls at weird hours of the day. Of course this leads to stress and extreme paranoia.
This book was the first book in a long time that I didn’t guess who or what was going to happen. I read eagerly to find out more and more and that’s always a good sign you are enjoying the book. When I got to the end and saw the reasons why all these weird and mysterious things were happening around the two sisters; I was happy with the outcome. All the build up lead to an excellent ending and in past experience that hasn’t always been the case in recent reads.
If I had to choose my favourite sections then I would go with Corinne’s chapters. I really felt her paranoia and panic as all these strange things were happening around her and every time she would tell Dominic what was happening, he would say various things to her, assuming she was losing the plot.
The other perspectives of Ashley, Dominic and the mystery character were also good and you learn a lot about the characters. You also learn what they think about the other characters and sometimes the author will reveal little things that make you raise your eyebrows and stop and think, but then you carry on to see if this leads to anything.
Overall I really enjoyed this book and I would recommend it to anyone. On a final note every family has a family secret and in some cases it’s a dark one.