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The Doll [Kindle Edition]

J.C. Martin
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,234 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.

Product Details

  • 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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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,249 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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68 of 74 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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40 of 44 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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27 of 33 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 19 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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11 of 14 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars pass! November 12, 2013
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Waste of time. Its a very short story with intetesting aspects but otherwise not well written enough to be gripping
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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"The Doll" is a short horror story by author J.C. Martin. This Kindle e-book was a 154 Kb download (approx. 30 printed pages) and was free (normally $0.99) at the time of writing this review.

I'm not really sure why I read this story. If I have one weak spot... one type of story that gives me the heebee-jeebees, it's horror stories that feature dolls... dolls with their dead eyes that stare right through you. Eyes that you know somewhere, a few chapters later are suddenly going to snap open, focus on some poor soul and then proceed to wreck havoc on his/her existence. The 'dead-eye' scenario has always scared the daylights out of me and this short gem was no different.

It was well written, superbly paced and although I could see the ending coming, it still gave me the willies.

A scary, dead-eyed doll horror story. Enough said!
Time to get back to some sane, normal horror... lol

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok.
not exactly what I expected.
quick easy read.
really was hoping for a little more.
I feel like a lot was left out, a lot of holes in the story.
Published 22 hours ago by Jamie Harris
4.0 out of 5 stars I Wanted More
I did not realize (didn’t pay attention) that this was a short story. I was very disappointed, after getting into the story and enjoying it, to realize it was nearly finished. Read more
Published 4 days ago by orion725
4.0 out of 5 stars Wasn't expecting it to be a short story. The ...
Wasn't expecting it to be a short story. The author uses a lot of short sentences vs putting in the effort to learn how to use grammar and punctuation correctly. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Sinister Serenade
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawlessly written horror
This story actually caused me to yell at one point. I've been asked several times, "how can written words be scary?" Those people have never read this short story. Read more
Published 9 days ago by S. Thaman
4.0 out of 5 stars Just M
Short but written very well. This was written in a way to keep you interested and not sure how it would end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars perfect for Halloween!
Intriguing, creepy story that definitely holds your interest. I definitely recommend you read this- preferably on a stormy, dark October night when you're home alone.
Published 10 days ago by Meredith Sterling
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable snack!
If you want something creepy and quick, this is the one. I figured out the ending, but was still entertained!!
Published 14 days ago by Rhonda Greene
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Really good book finished it in like 3 hours because I couldn't put it down.
Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
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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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