Savvy Book – The Doll House

The Doll House, by Phoebe Morgan.

Picked this book up at Lavenham Literary Festival, after attending a session about How To Get Published by the author.

It’s not my usual genre – I tend to prefer literary fiction to popular thrillers. But, following on from the read, I have now eliminated the snob from within. Sure, The Doll House did turn out to be, as suspected a bit of a rip-off of The Miniaturist. But, it’s also a rip-off of the TV psychological thriller, the series called Cheat. Put two of my favourites together, and add a bit of Phoebe Morgan originality into the mix, and there it is, as stated on the cover, ‘A Real Page-Turner’!

I loved it.

Plus, I love dolls’ houses. Tried to make one on my kitchen table using warped plywood from some DIY superstore, and a borrowed panel-pin pusher. Loved the panel-pin pusher, but it didn’t love me! The resulting product, if something unsaleable can be called a product, had so many panel pins sticking out of the exterior walls that it resembled an inside-out pin cushion!

I loved it, but eventually, when my first sprog came along the death-trap had to go!

At least I knew where it had gone to. I took it there – the tip!

Corinne, Phoebe Morgan’s main character, is trying for a baby. This makes her reminisce about her own childhood toys. She recalls her favourite, a dolls’ house made by her late father, and goes looking for it at her mother’s house.

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She can’t find it and she really wants it back. But, she needn’t worry because, in the end … bit by bit … the dolls’ house …

… finds her!

Couldn’t put it down until I got to that bit! Have I given too much away?

Looking forward to the televised series. And to the sequel!

Copyright owned by Jay Cool, November, 2019

Image by falco from Pixabay

P.S. Punctuation-wise, contains a lot of comma splices. But, being a comma-splice hater, and a fan of another psychological thriller, Killing Eve,  I had great fun tracking them down and murdering each and everyone of them with my silly-savvy pencil! Look out for my next post: ‘Killing the Comma-Splice’!

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Published by The Silly-Savvy Salopian

Freelance writer and descendant of the cave dweller and outlaw, Humphrey Kynaston. Banished from Shropshire for my eccentricity, I have made my home in Suffolk. I write poetry, short stories, travel journals, comedy gig reviews and non-fiction articles. My wish is to write my way back into the heart of my birth land. All writing commissions (and free holidays in Shropshire!) considered.

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