I am so pleased to be sat where I am writing this blog post. I am currently sat on some decking, overlooking the beach in Barbados. With so much panic, uncertainty and mass hysteria going on in the world at the moment, I am so fortunate to have escaped it all for some downtime in paradise. I hope that all of you are keeping safe, keeping calm and keeping sensible.
Corinne and her boyfriend are very happy in their relationship, except they are missing one thing; a baby. When they’re about to start their final round of IVF, Corinne finds a tiny part of a doll house that she is sure is from the doll house her father built her and her sister as children and she is adamant that it’s a positive sign. But when she continues to find things, it starts to get creepy and she doesn’t know who is leaving these items for her to discover. She’s soon to discover that you never know who is watching, how long they’ve been watching for and for what reason.
General Thoughts 🤔
I was high on some Phoebe Morgan before I read this book so I was expecting good things. I got good things. I enjoyed this book and found the storyline interesting. I liked that it wasn’t overly complex. I thought it was fairly obvious what was going on, it was more a question of who was doing it for me.
I have to mention that I did get a little more swept away with The Babysitter and found The Doll House to be a little more of a slow burner, but kept me hooked nonetheless.
I had what I guess may be some pretty controversial feelings about some of the characters; mostly Corinne. She was quite obviously scared and distressed but I never felt like she really portrayed the severity of how she was feeling to anyone. And if you don’t do that, nobody will take you very seriously; which is exactly what happened. This frustrated me a little.
I felt a a little sorry for Corinne’s husband Dominic. I think he potentially could have put a little more thought into what was going on with Corinne but at the same time I kind of admired his suck it up and carry on attitude.
Writing Style ✍🏽
Phoebe Morgan seems to have this special way of letting the reader in on what is happened, almost making the ending of the story a little predictable, but holding back just enough information to keep the reader guessing and questioning about the detail. That is exactly how I would describe my feelings towards this book.
I really liked the way that sections of the book were written from the point of view of someone from the past (that eventually catches up with the present) but we don’t know who that voice belongs to. This was the big reveal moment for me in this book.
Conclusion & Scoring 🎖
I really enjoyed this read and would definitely recommend it for anyone who is looking for a thriller with a steady burn. I’m kind of gutted I’ve already read Phoebe Morgan’s most recent work as it only means I’m going to have to wait even longer for what great stuff she does next.