The Doll House by Phoebe Morgan
Yes, yes, yes, The Doll House by Phoebe Morgan is another new to me 5-star author. 2017 has been a great year for discovering new 5-star authors, and it makes me grin ear to ear.
The Doll House is a dark and creepy tale with an astonishing ending to which I hope there is a sequel. (hint, hint).
Phoebe Morgan’s story centers around two adult sisters, Corrine and Ashley.
Corrine is desperate to be a mom and is undergoing IVF. Her hormones are out of control; she’s anxious, jealous of other moms, scared, and maybe a little paranoid. However, her slightly paranoid gut instinct may not be too far off.
Little bits of her childhood doll house are appearing around her apartment. A baby here, a chimney there… it’s enough to drive a hormonal woman nearly off the edge.
Ashley is having her own set of emotional problems. Something is fishy with her husband’s activities. She has three children. Her teenager, Lucy, is becoming a bit of a wild child, while infant Holly has night terrors. Sleep deprived and stressed to the max, Ashley isn’t too far off from paranoia herself – and then the creepy phone calls start. First, they are silent, then include a woman’s evil laugh.
Creep factor to the max here!
There are three points of view. Corrine, Ashley, and the unnamed girl. Corrine and Ashley grew up rather privileged, and the unnamed girl spends a lot of time watching from the outside. Thanks to her desperate mother.
I enjoyed this book greatly. It twisted, wound, and turned all over the place. And as much as I thought I had the answer to everything pegged, boy was I ever wrong.
The ending of the book was great. Ms. Morgan left the end open, so I hope she considers writing a sequel to The Doll House.
It took me a while to read this book. You know how life can get in the way! But reading it slowly allowed me to savor the creepiness. 5-stars all the way!
Thank you, HQ Digital, Netgalley, and most of all Phoebe Morgan for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of The Doll House. All opinions and ratings are my own.