Title: The Doll House
Author: Phoebe Morgan
Publisher: HQ Digital
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…?
The Doll House is such a gripping read! It kept me intrigued from page one right until the (great) end! The story is a great mix of creepiness and family / marriage dynamics, and there’s lots of surprises to keep the reader guessing.
Now, the characters themselves are a mixed bunch. I liked both Ashley and Corinne, but found Corinne a bit too reliant on everyone around her at times which left me feeling frustrated. That kind of adds to the tension though, as Corinne’s anxiety and worry means as you don’t know how she’ll react. Their partners – Dominic and James – seem to be good eggs, but the whole way through I was wondering whether they were hiding anything. In fact, I wondered this about each and every character, and I love novels that make me suspect everyone!
The plot is slower at times and ramps up the tension at others, but consistently kept me wanting to know more. Some of the ‘whodunnit’ element was pretty obvious so even I managed to work parts out long before the end, but it didn’t affect my enjoyment at all and some people I was sure were ‘dodgy’ surprised me!
The Doll House is atmospheric, fun to read and hits all the marks for a gripping psychological thriller and a truly fantastic debut!
Many thanks to HQ Digital for providing a copy of this novel on which I chose to write an honest and unbiased review.