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…?
Oh my, Oh my, what a fantastic read The Doll House turned out to be, I loved every page of this dark and intense psychological thriller. Steeped in malice with a constant nagging sense of unease I literally couldn’t put this book down, and read it in just under twenty four hours. I must mention this is Phoebe Morgan’s debut novel, which I was really surprised at, I’m convinced The Doll House will be a book everyone will be talking about, and I’m sure we will be hearing a lot more about this very talented author. The Doll House is a story of family secrets, lies and revenge, which makes this book deliciously twisted and very creepy.
Corinne and Ashley are two sisters, grieving the death of their beloved father, but they are also battling problems in their home life’s. Ashley is a mother of three children and fraught with worry that her increasingly distant husband James is having an affair. Corinne is in a long term relationship with Dominic and desperate to start a family by undergoing another round of IVF. Strange things keep happening to the two sisters, anonymous phone calls, objects left in their homes from the dolls house built for them by their father. Someone is watching the sisters the whys? and who’s ? are expertly revealed layer by layer.
There is so much I could say about this book, but it’s definitely one the “less you know about it the better”. Phoebe Morgan has created some fabulous characters, each one well is well depicted and I found myself sympathetic to Corrine and Ashley plight. From the start The Doll House you get a sense of foreboding which grows as the story progresses. Told from the sisters view POV you sense their fear, the author manages to alternate between chapters seamlessly which is always a plus. There are also chapters from an unknown person and it was these chapters that sent shivers down my spine, and made this book all the more compelling.
The Doll House is definitely going on my top reads of 2017 it’s dark, atmospheric and made for a gripping read. I think what I liked about this book so much was the author’s ability to keep the reader guessing right up until the end, at one point I applauded myself as I thought I had worked it all out, but I was so Wrong I’m pleased to say, as for the ending sheer brilliance! Would I recommend this book? It’s a HUGE “Yes” I can’t recommend this book highly enough, Phoebe Morgan is an exciting and powerful new voice in crime/psychological fiction and I’m already excited for her next book.
I’m sure it will come as no surprise to hear I’m giving The Doll House the very prestigious Gold Star Award Rating. It’s given to a book I feel is particularly outstanding, a book that covers every aspect of what I look for in a fabulous read, fantastic plot, great characters and a storyline that draws me in from the first page and keeps me in its grips until I reach the very last page.
Print Length: 355 pages
Publisher: HQ Digital (14 Sept. 2017)