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  • File Size: 445 KB
  • Print Length: 253 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1481045059
  • Publisher: Popham Gardens Publishing (January 7, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 7, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005E0QXES
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Turbulent family relationships, secrets and tragedy were the inspiration behind Eumeralla. Born in the Australian outback, Joanna was adopted and grew up in Melbourne. She knew who her biological father was, but the identity of her biological mother was kept secret.

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.






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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Magellan on February 28, 2012
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I flew through this book in only a number of hours, finding it fascinating from cover to cover.
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.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By BeeJay on January 29, 2012
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As a previous reviewer said the character is evil, and you know something bad is going to happen but you're not sure what. The suspense grabbed me and held me as I had to keep reading to find out what she got up to next. Highly recommended.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Brooke Frederick on January 14, 2012
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This is a humdinger of a psycho-thriller that reminded me of "The Collector" by John Fowles and "The Moviegoer" by Walker Percy. The pure evil of the main character, Gloria, is never in doubt. With each person she kills, she adds another doll to the collection on her windowsill--hence the title. Reading this book is an exercise in mountin dread, as Gloria increasingly takes over the life of everyone she meets through her manipulative maneuvers. It's interesting that the polite British sense of decorum is as much to blame for the success of Gloria's crimes as much as Gloria herself. If one of her victims had simply spoken directly to her, and thrown her out instead of passively putting up with her, she wouldn't have collected quite so many dolls. The only thing not to like about the book, oddly enough, was the ending, which neither surprised nor satisfied me. I can't really go into the reasons without giving too much away. And I greatly enjoyed the book in spite of the ending, and in fact wanted it to continue.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By VickiT on April 25, 2012
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"L-O-V-E. L . . . loathsome, O . . . obese, V . . . vicious or vile, vile is a more suitable word for her, I think, E . . . elephant? No, elephants are nice, egotist, no - evil. E equals evil." - The Doll Collection

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...
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 25, 2012
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The Doll Collection is a well written thriller with the main character Gloria, a manipulative psychopath already skilled in the art of murder. When Maurice, a fairly shy and naive man, advertises for a lodger to help make the rent, he ends up with more than he bargained for when he starts sharing a house with Gloria. The book mainly follows the story of Gloria, Maurice, their neighbours and the scheming father and son who own the real estate agency that has been hounding Maurice for some time.

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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L.I. LINDA on March 27, 2012
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The dolls are the happiest characters in the book.The author has written an excellent and engrossing thriller.I just wish that it wasn't so sad.I am eager awaiting another thriller by Joanna Stephen/Ward
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Suncoast TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 3, 2013
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Gloria is a psychopath, a monster who successfully and permanently eliminates various people who have annoyed her in some way. Somehow they all have accidents or unexplained deaths - but she remembers all of them and keeps a memento of each one in the form of a doll in a collection she keeps in her room.

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.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By JJulieJ on April 25, 2012
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A gripping suspense that is hard to put down so don't start reading it late at night.

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.
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