- File Size: 594 KB
- Print Length: 253 pages
- Publisher: Popham Gardens Publishing (January 7, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 7, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005E0QXES
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #600,778 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author
In 2010 her sister found her on Face Book. They were last together on a verandah in the Australian outback when Joanna was six months old and her sister was two years old. Their joyful reunion took place in Cornwall, England in 2012.
Vissi d'arte was inspired by Gertrude Johnson, the charismatic founder of the Australian National Theatre and Joanna's three years at The National Theatre Opera School.
Wanderlust overwhelmed her and she spent a year travelling through Europe and the UK. Instinctively knowing that her destiny lay in England, she settled in London where she worked for the National Health Service, while attending part-time drama school.
She found love and married Peter, an architect, in the ancient church of St Peter's in Petersham. She and Peter joined the Richmond Writers' Circle in 1997 and she became the chairman eighteen months later. While working full time at The National Archives in Kew, and running the writers circle, she completed three novels.
She is working on a detective novel set in Cornwall and a sequel to Eumeralla.
Top Customer Reviews
The characters are so well defined that I either loved or hated them on sight (?). Gloria is a psychopath of the first order and, as with any psychopath, was well able to manipulate all who happened upon her sphere of influence. At times I felt like slapping some of the characters for putting up with her annoying minor machinations, especially Felicity and Odette, but could well understand their motives for keeping the neighbourly peace.
This is the second book I've read recently by author Joanna Stephen-Ward and I for one, will be anticipating many more in the future.
A gripping psychological thriller that had me wanting to warn the hapless Maurice at every turn about what he'd got himself into. Though Maurice is the protagonist in the story, the manipulating and conniving Gloria is the centre of attention, but then she wouldn't have it any other way.
Gloria, the doll collector of the title, is the embodiment of evil. I don't think I've ever despised a character as much as I did her.
Don't say I didn't warn you...
For me the novel started a little slowly, but quickly became riveting and I managed to finish the book within a day. I feel that the author really captured the emotions of the characters and made it very easy to either like or dislike each character immediately. I would have given the book four stars, but I felt that the ending was a little too neat and that a bit more suspense could have been built in.
The book is well formatted and edited, with only a couple of very minor typos (no more than books I have read from traditional publishers) and I am looking forward to reading more titles by this author.
Gloria moves in with Maurice as his lodger, and begins to shape him to her wishes. Maurice is a very weak character and the suspense grows as Gloria starts to tire of him...
The Doll Collection is the embodiment of evil. One of our best friends collects antique dolls and in future whenever I see them I will shiver in case one of them might have my name on it.
Gloria is a truly evil character, and following her increasingly manupulative antics is almost addictive. Add in a couple of nasty real estate agents to help build the suspense, some charming potential victims, and the tension mounts steadily.
Although I really enjoyed this book I felt the ending was just a touch anticlimatic, perhaps too soft given the suspense throughout the rest of the book, but it wasn't an unsatisfying ending.
Well written, good editing and excellent formatting make this book a pleasure to read.
Thanks, Joanna, for an engrossing tale well told.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Kept my interest to the end. A number of sympathic characters and one crazy lady!!Published 18 months ago by TV Watcher
The book had good ideas but took the long way around telling the story. Gloria s pessimism got old fast and was boring.Published on December 5, 2013 by Dee Owers
Even though the story is supposed to be disturbing. I found the main character too annoying. Very long build up throughout the book but then a quick ending that tied up all the... Read morePublished on October 9, 2013 by Helen Scott
I started this book because I thought it looked creepy (from the name and front cover). The book failed to creep me out and I don't think it lived up to the blurb which sounded... Read morePublished on September 4, 2013 by Amazon Customer
This book provided a good story line, with interesting scenes. I could not get enough of it. Had to finish it in one sittingPublished on July 9, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Fast moving page turner which kept me engaged to the end. The end was a little disappointing. Natural consequences were a bit over the top.Published on May 29, 2013 by Amazon Customer
The Doll Collection is a tongue-in-cheek portrayal of a woman murderer and sociopath, uncaught and clever enough to avoid any typical mystery slips or formats. Read morePublished on May 4, 2013 by Katherine L. Holmes
This was a very short stories about a possessed doll. The story was pretty simple and kinda expected. It was ok. Would only recommended toting if its free.Published on April 28, 2013 by Kjs
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