Evocative psychological thriller set in a dysfunctional family (aren’t they all) by a brand-new author.
This is a story of two sisters, Corinne and Ashley. Ashley is happily married with a teenage daughter, a primary school son and a baby girl. Corinne is desperately trying to have her first child with her live-in boyfriend Dominic using in-vitro fertilization. Corinne receives an anonymous gift that looks like an item from the doll house that her father built the sisters when they were children. As the book continues, more doll house items mysteriously appear at Corinne’s work and on the kitchen counter inside her apartment. Is this really happening or is Corinne an unreliable narrator due to her mental health issues with coping after her father’s recent death. Her boyfriend, Dominic, doesn’t believe Corinne and instead thinks that Corinne’s hormones from the IVF are negatively impacting her judgement. Even Corinne begins to doubt herself,
It must a coincidence. I haven’t seen the house in years, we don’t even know where it is. I’m imagining things, the way I do when I’m anxious.
The Doll House is narrated alternately by the sisters and occasionally by a secondary character. In addition, at the end of most chapters, the “villain” narrates in italics. There were not many options for the villain making the a-ha moment at the end rather underwhelming.
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good psychological thriller that also contains dysfunctional family dynamics. The Doll House is much better than some of my favorite author’s first novels. I am looking forward to many more novels in the future from Ms. Morgan. 4 stars!