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The Doll [Kindle Edition]

J.C. Martin
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,414 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: #1,581 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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77 of 83 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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42 of 46 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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29 of 35 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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7 of 7 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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17 of 22 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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4 of 4 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Help yourself to some nightmare fuel! October 23, 2012
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As a child I was given a doll that had eyes that opened and closed depending on whether it was lying down or upright. I loved that doll...until the eyes unexpectedly popped open while in its little crib. Naturally, I've lived a doll free life ever since! So, as I love a good masochistic scare every so often, I thought I'd give this short story a try.

And a scare is EXACTLY what I got.

For a short story/novella, this little gem packs a massive punch. The storyline is expertly woven, with the perfect setting chosen for the legend behind the 'doll tree'. The author creates a tense and foreboding atmosphere from the get-go with vividly descriptive imagery so well done that it transports the reader into the horrifying yet believable world she created. I was in a constant state of 'edge-of-my-seat' tension and had to read the book in one sitting.

To be honest, the ending is more disturbing and terrifying than I expected. Good old fashioned nightmare fuel. I'm pretty stingy with my star ratings when writing a review. I give books 4 stars that exceed expectations based on plot, character development, editing, writing style, and level of enjoyment. This book easily gets 4 stars, but I gave it 5. No matter how fantastic a book is, I will ONLY give 5 stars if the book stays with me long after I've finished reading it. I read this short story/novella months ago. It's remained fresh in my mind and I still find myself thinking about it every so often. This book will haunt you long after you've finished reading it-it has staying power and that is what lies at the heart of every great read.

I highly recommend this book. If you aren't afraid of dolls before you read this, you may find yourself eyeing them warily afterward...
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
I love it. Such an amazing book. I love every part of it. I recommend reading it. Super great. 5 star
Published 1 day ago by Drake Miller
1.0 out of 5 stars That is what it deserves.I want more .
Too short I wanted an actual book to read for a while! Not just a short story. I want more.
Published 2 days ago by Karen Zarski
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good!!!
This is a really great book and I was really happy on how it came along perfectly, I really hope you make more books like this one!!!
Published 4 days ago by Gabrielle Kester
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
it's a short read but quite enjoyable
Published 6 days ago by Dennis A. Teng
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing we haven't read before.
Not very catching.
Published 8 days ago by Nurit Block
2.0 out of 5 stars Could be better
I believe this story could've been better. You could guess what was gonna happen next and during the story I got a little bored reading it.
Published 8 days ago by Brianna Rayne Searp
4.0 out of 5 stars so the love interests were the only thing I didn't understand
This book has a lot of potential in the same caregory as Dean Koontz, and Ghost Whisperer.
I am not a huge romantic type, so the love interests were the only thing I didn't... Read more
Published 8 days ago by dbadog24me
1.0 out of 5 stars incomplete book
Couldn't enjoy getting into the story with all the missing pages
Published 9 days ago by Danielle Kendall
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
Interesting read. Predictable ending. Good short story.
Published 14 days ago by Nicole
4.0 out of 5 stars Page Turner
Very good short story. Would have liked it to be longer. The length provided for no fluff which makes for a very intense story. Loved it...never a dull moment!
Published 14 days ago by TAMMY CARSON
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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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