Review published on November 4, 2017.
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 are 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 mean that 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!
Laura Nazmdeh, SnazzyBooks.com 5/4
The Doll House by Phoebe Morgan
HQ Digital ebook Sep 2017