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Length: 30 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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  • File Size: 154 KB
  • Print Length: 30 pages
  • Publication Date: October 2, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005S0V67I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,816 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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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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77 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Erin Danzer on 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 By Jonathon LaMella on 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 By Tony benson on 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 By Abigail Mullis on 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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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By L.S on May 8, 2013
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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 By Stan Whyte on 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 By Calamity Jane on 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 By Melissa on March 21, 2012
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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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