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...