Doll House Kindle Edition
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"The female lead, Olivia, is a great character. She reminded me of Jamie Lee Curtis." -Cedar Hollow Horror Reviews
"It is certainly shocking and gruesome, but John Hunt manages it quite impressively." -The Novel Pursuit
"I was engaged from the very first to the very end." -Strong Book Reviews
"Doll House is a deeply felt and admirably realized tale of an unending real-life nightmare." -Mallory Heart Reviews
"My head is spinning... I was clenching my hands and biting my nails the WHOLE time." -After the Pages
"I absolutely loved this book." -Bolton Library
"If you want a 'scare your pants off' type horror thriller, then look no further." -Clues and Reviews
"Doll House was one heck of a psychological thrill ride!" -Butterfly's Booknerdia Blog
"...the author has created a masterpiece thriller." -Gothic Moms
"Superb book in a gruesome way." -Love Books 'n' Family
"A book of the year!" -Buried in a Book
From the Author
- ASIN : B01N5TFRTW
- Publisher : Black Rose Writing; 1st edition (January 25, 2017)
- Publication date : January 25, 2017
- Language: : English
- File size : 473 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 205 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #28,696 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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You know what wasn't mentioned in the story? Therapy. Olivia is kept prisoner for five years (not really a spoiler because this is revealed early on in the book), and no one thinks to suggest psychiatric help? Physical therapy? How does one walk without a big toe? I was completely baffled that no one thought the poor girl needed help! And the lead detective is wondering if he can ask her out when the case is closed? Dude, WHAT????
I'm not adverse to reading disturbing subject matter, but this was quite gruesome. Graphic violence/mutilation and rape all happen in this book, I think more often than was necessary.
The primary character is a young, intelligent, determined female, which is always nice to see. I liked and admired this character for her strength and her unwillingness to remain a victim of her circumstances. Her relationship with her father is beautifully written. He is also a man to be admired, even through his weaknesses, because he will do anything for the daughter he loves so much.
As other reviewers pointed out, there is a lot of sexual violence and depravity, but that is just part of the story. I wasn't quite sure if that was the reason behind the girls' abductions or if the real purpose was to break them. The two perpetrators are very different in their approaches to the girls, which further adds to the psychological torment.
This is the kind of book where you jump at every noise, question what you see with your own eyes, and feel your heart pounding in your chest, both as seen from the perspective of the girl and as you're reading it. I had to stop myself over and over again from turning to the end of the book to know the outcome because the intensity is so high. The book is so good you want to get to the end so you know the answers, but, at the same time, you don't want it to be over.
I very highly recommend this book. As other reviewers have mentioned, I also would have liked more closure at the end--one extra chapter or an epilogue--to find out what happens to the characters I became so invested in, but I'm not going to change my rating because of it. Maybe the author wanted it left open to our imagination.
Read this book.
Top reviews from other countries
That out of the way, it's a hell of a story. Olivia is kidnapped on the day she moves away to start university. What follows are five years imprisoned in purpose built prison (the Doll House of the title) where she is subjected to unimaginable horrors. Then, somehow, she manages to escape, along with two other girls who were kept separately from her in the same conditions. Going back to her ordinary life was never going to be easy. While she was gone her father became an alcoholic, and with one of her kidnappers still at large, she struggles to feel safe. She is sure that he will come back for her...
Parts of this book are shocking and uncomfortable to read but it is always compelling and thrilling and keeps you guessing for quite some time. The characters are well written and give some insight into the minds of the insane killer and torturer, the survivor looking to rebuild their life, and the family members left behind. Recommended for fans of horror and thrillers, Doll House is a great read.
So, 2 stars? It didn't deserve 1 star, as there were a fair few bits I really enjoyed and I think 1 star is too harsh for this.
The first quarter of the book wasn't written very well. It seemed that the author struggled to get the momentum going, using very basic language and descriptions.
As the story became established, and the action got going, John Hunt found his feet. He's rather good at creating a dark, tense scenario. I had feelings of foreboding and high tension at regular intervals, which is my reason for finishing this.
I thought I knew who the serial killer was, and prepared myself for the ultimate anticlimactic end ever, when, I was proved wrong! And for some reason I can't quite put my finger on, it still felt a tad disappointing, but it pleased me that I was wrong. Had I of been right, it would have received just the 1 star.
I found this book difficult to review, as I always feel bad about not really liking a read. I am always thankful for the opportunity, however, reviews are personal and honest, and this is all I can find to say about this one. This book was initially heading for my DNF shelf, but I'm glad I persevered as there were snippets of good horror writing amongst all that naff!!
I've read a lot of dark fiction that covers topics including kidnap, violence, torture and rape, but some scenes in this book made me wince. They didn't seem used just for their shock factor, they showed the evil nature of the captors, and how Olivia's determination to escape kept her from giving up completely. Some parts are hard to read though.
Overall the story flows well and Olivia is a likeable and brave character. Some small parts seemed a bit repetitive, but the plot was interesting so I kept reading. And, because you can't beat a great fictional dog, a special mention has to go to Brutus, Olivia's dog who has a very important part to play in the story.
I honestly don't know what kept me from it for so long. Depraved and twisted? Tick. Gory and suspenseful? Tick. A little bit twisted but oh so page turny? (a proper word??) Tick!
This for me was a rip roaring horror/crime read. I couldn't stop reading and found myself creeping up to bed early each night to get a few extra chapters in before falling asleep.
I half guessed who the "jackal" was but wasn't disappointed even so.
Please read if you like dark, macabre torture kind of books that help you escape real life for a bit! Not for the faint hearted anyway.
A girl is abducted - that is pretty much the plot, but the story shares the fallout from the incident the effect it has not only on her but the people around her & inside the predators mind.
I have not only recommended it I've given it to multiple people to read, it's a great talking point as it's not only well written and dead creepy it's something that can & has happened to people which makes it that much more scary & thought provoking.