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The Doll [Kindle Edition]

J.C. Martin
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,357 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Island of the Dolls is a strange and eerie tourist destination in Mexico, where hundreds of decomposing dolls hang from trees like grisly Christmas ornaments. On a trip to the island, Joyce Parker's daughter falls in love with a beautiful but sinister doll. Soon after, she starts developing strange mannerisms that concerns Joyce. Her research into the doll's past reveals a dark history, and the curse of a lonely child spirit.


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  • File Size: 154 KB
  • Print Length: 30 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005S0V67I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,808 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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74 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You will never look at a doll the same October 14, 2011
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I'll admit, I'm not a huge fan of anything horror. I have too good of an imagination and while I used to devour Stephen King and Dean Koontz books when I was younger, I can't do it now.

THE DOLL freaked me out. Even reading it with broad daylight outside, I'm still spooked. From the first moment when Joyce and Taylor reach the island to Dora's final words, I sat in rigid horror waiting to see what would happen next. JC Martin did an excellent job building the suspense and creating the terror. The backdrop of superstition ridden Mexico is fantastic and vivid.

Though it freaked me out to the point I know I will never visit Mexico, I highly recommend this story to anyone looking for a good scare or if you just like to read horror. It's very excellently done.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Chilling Tale March 19, 2012
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This was a great story that had me on edge. (pardon the cliche) Barely books have the ability to do this to me, but this was one had chills running throughout my entire body. Don't be fooled by the title. This isn't a rip off of chucky or similar doll/puppet movies. The story is about dolls but not chucky style and it is based in a real location in Mexico, with factual history and culture. I really enjoyed it. And it's free, so download it and read it!
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sinister, scary, a great read. October 13, 2011
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This is a gripping, scary story. I couldn't stop reading. The writing is exquisite, and the storytelling is inventive. If you are a fan of horror stories, this is a must read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay story December 8, 2012
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The story was okay, not terrifying or overly spooky. I was interested based on the mentions of Doll Island, and enjoyed that as the setting. I wasn't overly impressed, but I didn't hate it either. Pretty mediocre, in my opinion.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful May 8, 2013
By L.S
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This book was painful to get through. Overwritten, adverbs thrown around as if there's a global surplus, poorly edited, stilted dialogue. Initially I didn't think this was a self-published book, but now that I've done some investigating it all makes sense. I can't imagine such prose getting past an editor.

It's really a shame--the plot has merit, but the author absolutely did not deliver.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good short story May 14, 2013
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I've always had a fascination with dolls, which seem to have a life of their own, ever since the old Twilight Zone episodes. This is a well written piece and easily holds your attention. The drawbacks for me were the shortness of the tale which didn't allow complete character development, and the ending was a bit too predictable, otherwise, well worth a read. I certainly plan on checking out other stories by J. C. Martin, because the writing style was refreshing.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No Dolls for me!!!! March 21, 2012
By Melissa
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I have to say this was a wonderful short story! Once I started I could not put it down. J.C. Martin's description of The Island of Dolls in Mexico is downright chilling! You get a very clear picture in your head as if being right there with Joyce and Taylor Parker! Joyce and Taylor are very well described in the book and I felt like I had known them myself! The Doll gives a great description of the Santeria and Palo Mayombe (the dark side of Santeria).

In all I feel that this book was very well written and would reccommend it to anyone who likes a "short" dose of horror.

This was a very spine tingling story that has made me view dolls in a very differnt way!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Channels Early Clive Barker / Robert McCammon August 23, 2013
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I bought this because I was looking up Stephen King books and it popped up, and, hey, it was free, so what the heck. And I read the entire short story in one sitting ... which says a lot, because I don't give that many new writers a chance. Usually young writers are inflicted with terrible writing styles and bad grammar and bad storytelling abilities. But not J.C. Martin. For a short story, this was great. Reminiscent of "The Ring" and something bizarre. Yes it's short, and I'm glad it was. It was just enough to allow me to know she's a good writer.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars ok
I thought it was ok I thought it should have been longer and had some more plot twists I saw the ending only two chapters into book
Published 18 hours ago by Janice Stinnett
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved This book short but every second was
Loved
This book short but every second was awesome
Published 1 day ago by Allison
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down
A good quick read. I didn't stop reading until it was done. I disliked dolls before reading this & hate them now. Well done.
Published 2 days ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars Spooky
I don't think I will ever look at dolls in the same way again. The book definitely creeped me out.
Published 2 days ago by Kimberly
2.0 out of 5 stars I don't need that kind of depressing crap in my fiction
The whole premise of the story was disappointing. The daughter was the one guilty of wrongdoing, but it was the mother who was punished - for trying to right the wrong! Read more
Published 2 days ago by D. Sinclair
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very short but freeky
Published 3 days ago by Laura Wagner
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Kept me interested. Finished somewhat abruptly but good read none the less. I would recommend it especially for the price.
Published 3 days ago by M@GS
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I liked this book mostly cause I am into creepy doll stories.
Published 5 days ago by thedoctorofwho
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
AWESOME DELIVERY
Published 9 days ago by SARCO BARCO WIFE
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good
Published 10 days ago by esther
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More About the Author

J.C. Martin is a butt-kicking bookworm: when she isn't reading or writing, she teaches martial arts and self-defence to adults and children.

After working in pharmaceutical research, then in education as a schoolteacher, she decided to put the following to good use: one, her 2nd degree black belt in Wing Chun kung fu; and two, her overwhelming need to write dark mysteries and gripping thrillers with a psychological slant.

Her short stories have won various prizes and have been published in several anthologies. Her first novel, ORACLE, will release on July 30th, 2012.

Born and raised in Malaysia, J.C. now lives in south London with her husband and three dogs.

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