Thank you to Netgalley and HQ Digital for an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! It is appreciated.
Lately it is taking me ages to get through books. Normally I am a speed reader but since our move to Sweden I’ve had very little time or energy to get through these books as I am trying to settle and find a job so I must apologise for the lack of blogs. I do have some good books coming up for review! I just need to get them finished (See Goodreads for any of the books coming up :D)
About the book
The Doll House is told through four different points of view.
- Corinne. A young woman who is going through IVF. It has been unsuccessful several times and she is praying that it is third time lucky. She grows envious and annoyed at other people with children and cannot understand why she is having such trouble. Corinne is the first to start finding pieces of her and her sister’s doll house at her apartment. At first, she thinks nothing of it but soon things start to turn sinister and Corinne’s life starts to shatter around her.
- Ashley. Ashley is Corinne’s sister. She is a frazzled mother of three who seems to be having marital problems. She starts receiving weird phone calls and when things start happening to her family, she realises that Corinne is not the only one being targeted.
- Dominic. Corinne’s partner and a journalist at the local paper. He is supportive of Corinne and tries to understand what she is going through but little does he know, he is closer to the issue than he thinks.
- Mystery character. A mystery character who seems to have a thing for stalking people. Nobody knows the person’s agenda or what they have to do with this until the very end.
It is coming up to the anniversary of their father’s death and Ashley and Corinne are struggling but little do they know, the struggle will reveal all kinds of truths about them and their families.
Man, the premise of this book is creepy. If somebody started leaving tiny doll house pieces on my front porch, I’d have moved out and burned that house down. Freaky! I think the idea of this book is brilliant and quite unique. I have not read anything with this kind of idea in a long time and due to this, I really really wanted to like it but eh, something seemed off to me.
The characters were not very likable. I always find this is a thing with thrillers. I normally do not like the characters and I normally cannot identify with them. The women, especially Corinne, seemed like they could not do anything for themselves and were always running to their partners or other people to help. Some of Corinne’s outbursts were far too dragged out and I found myself having to put the book down in the middle of the chapters, which I try to not do.
Alongside this, I thought the ‘villain’ was unpredictable – I was guessing all the way through but when we did find out who it was, I was actually really disappointed. I recently read and reviewed ‘Copycat’ by Alex Lake and I was so surprised at the ‘villain’ in that but we had not seen enough of the villain in this book to even realise they were a contender. It made me pretty annoyed. I also found that the reason behind all of the sinister, vengeful stuff was a little tame. If you read this too and think the same, please let me know. I honestly did not think the reasoning behind his/her thirst for blood was enough to want blood… Eh, it was a disappointment.
The writing overall is okay. There were times I was thrilled and wanted to read more but this book sat on my shelf a little too long to have me believe it was truly thrilling. I thought it was okay (as I have said) but it didn’t pack as much of a punch.
It seems there may be a sequel as well but I don’t think I would pick it up. I’ve definitely read better thrillers this year.
I gave it 3 stars because it was an entertaining read at times but that’s all it was. There was no real depth and it did not keep me interested for longer then 10 minutes at a time.