Book Review: Dollhouse by Anya Allyn

Dollhouse   Screen shot 2014-10-16 at 20.19.04Fresh off the boat and trying to acclimate to Australian life, Cassie has found herself in quite the predicament: the only girl that has befriended her, Aisha, has disappeared. Now she’s on the hunt with Aisha’s boyfriend and best friend Lacey. Let’s put it out there that Cassie has a major crush on Aisha’s boyfriend. Out in the bush, they stumble upon a decrepit old house. Curiosity gets the better of the teens and before they know it, they’ve found a spoken carousel that leads them to an underground hell run by a dollhouse keeper. 

Yes, it is just as it sounds, and the story keeps getting creepier. Once they’ve entered this dollhouse, they can’t leave. As Cassie tries to solve the mystery of how this porcelain prison came to be, the deeper their fates are stuck into this timeless terror. Round and round like a carousel. Can Cassie find Aisha and a way for them to escape?

I loved the dark and ominous feeling of this book. Allyn knows how create suspense. For most of the story I was wondering just what was going on. There is so much bizarre and strange occurrences, but they’re painted beautifully, with a language that keep you guessing. Information is giving at leisure. I loved that. It kept me engaged. My only criticism is that pacing was a bit slow. I know it may have helped with the overall feeling of the tale, but I just wish things had moved a tiny bit faster. For such an explosive ending, I feel there could have been better use of some aspects of the story to keep it at a swifter pace. Nevertheless, this book has stuck with me. I want to know what happens next. I am excited to read more from Allyn!  Many thanks to Paper Lantern Press for providing this book in exchange for an honest review. 


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