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The Doll Collection [Kindle Edition]

Joanna Stephen-Ward
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Murders that look like accidents. Accidents that looks like murders.

A psychological thriller.

A couple and their young son burn to death in a house fire. A girl dies from a nut allergy. A woman falls under a train during the rush hour. An accountant falls down the steps to his basement. Their deaths appear to be accidents. Only Gloria knows they were murders, because she murdered them.

Each time she kills someone she buys a doll.

A shy young man who has had a nervous breakdown, advertises for a lodger to solve his financial problems. Gloria moves in. He has no idea she has already murdered six people. His life becomes a nightmare. As her character becomes more twisted, it is no longer enough to kill her victims. First she must wreck their lives and witness their suffering.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 445 KB
  • Print Length: 253 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1481045059
  • Publisher: Popham Gardens Publishing (7 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005E0QXES
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,788 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling Thriller. 5 Sept. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I've read work from the author previously and have been impressed by her ability to hold a reader's interest and bring a story to fulfilment. I was keen to read this book as it is in my own genre and I had high expectations. I've been immensely impressed. Gloria is a magnificent creation; cunning and vindictive - occasionally with good reason, but most people wouldn't take the extreme measures to which she resorts - and I was fascinated by her from her first appearance and the poignancy of 'I wish I wasn't me'.
The opening line of chapter three, ' It was time to kill him' followed by her calling out, 'Garry, I can hear a noise in the cellar,' is wonderful. If this were a film the response would be a shouted exhortation not to go anywhere near the cellar from the audience. Garry, of course, is far from blameless, but Gloria takes any personal slight to extremes.
A chilling and highly effective novel, well worth the five stars, and excellent value at this price point. Highly recommended.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Worthwhile Read 23 Jan. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Although this novel is not quite the body-count thriller one would expect from the product description (most of the murders mentioned in it are backstory, and barely sketched-out in the book itself) and the plot is fairly routine, it has other attractions to recommend it to readers.

It is an interesting story competently written in plain, clear language, and possesses a genuine sense of momentum to carry the reader along. Above all else, it has Gloria, the villain of the piece. The internal thoughts of some of the other characters are sometimes a little too simplistic or childlike, perhaps, and some of the interactions and actions (or inactions in some cases) occasionally don't ring true. (For example, the married couple Gloria victimises, being the people they are, would certainly have called the police in to investigate.) But these are small quibbles which generally do not detract from the entertainment.

I would recommend this novel for the character of Gloria alone, which is a wonderful portrait of the bitter, negative and small-minded banality of real-world evil.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I read "The Doll Collection" to the end and was impressed with the author's style and the twists and turns of the plot and outcome. The disappointment came, for me, in the shape of the very poor editing. I came across so many errors of spelling - eg "dinning" instead if "dining" appeared several times. But worse were the "extra" words or omitted words - and even words in the wrong order, that meant pauses in reading to make sense of sentences. Without this very uncomfortable hampering of my reading I would have given this book 4 stars.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept me on the edge of my seat!!!! 23 Sept. 2011
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The Doll Collection

I bought this because it was reasonably priced and sounded a good thriller. I was not disappointed. It kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end.
I loved the author and hope she writes more. Sometimes you find a real gem in these 86p books so I do urge you not to dismiss them because they are cheap.
More importantly, please do leave feedback as this is also very important to help others choose wisely.

Back to the story which flowed beautifully:

I booed and hissed the villains and wanted them to get their just desserts. I willed the hero and heroine to end up together despite the odds stacked against them. I loved the ideal of the collection of dolls. I loved Gloria, who was completely nutty and bonkers. Sometimes I just couldn't believe what I was reading!

Well written, great command of English with only a couple of typo's which didn't detract from the story one iota.

If you want a thriller - then give this book a try. Good luck to you with this book Joanna Stephen-Ward. I thoroughly recommend it to all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Doll collection 31 July 2012
By Mags
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I downloaded The Doll collection when if was free and must say I'm very impressed. It really is an enjoyable and very satisfactory read.

For me, the storyline was quite chilling and I was completly drawn into it.

I haven't read the this author's work before, I must say she's an excellent writer.

A good, quick, easy read, I award this novel 4 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars E equals evil equals Gloria 26 April 2012
By VickiT
Format:Kindle Edition
"L-O-V-E. L . . . loathsome, O . . . obese, V . . . vicious or vile, vile is a more suitable word for her, I think, E . . . elephant? No, elephants are nice, egotist, no - evil. E equals evil." - The Doll Collection

A gripping psychological thriller that had me wanting to warn the hapless Maurice at every turn about what he'd got himself into. Though Maurice is the protagonist in the story, the manipulating and conniving Gloria is the centre of attention, but then she wouldn't have it any other way.

Gloria, the doll collector of the title, is the embodiment of evil. I don't think I've ever despised a character as much as I did her.

Don't say I didn't warn you...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't put my Kindle down! 10 Aug. 2012
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Just started to read this again for the second time and I had forgotten how brilliant it is! I am totally hooked on the plot and the story line has me totally gripped I can't bear to put my Kindle down! The third book by the wonderfully talented author Joanna Stephen-Ward!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A new author too me
Again I decided to try book based on its title! This was a great read from the first chapter and a bit of a guessing game! Twists and turns sadness and finally joy.... Read more
Published 4 months ago by pauline. f
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad.
I'm not sure how to review this book. I found the characters to be good,especially Maurice, although he annoyed me at times, being such a wimp. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. M. F. V. Mcknight
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
The doll collection was an enjoyable Sunday afternoon read. Enough mystery to keep you reading and characters to love or hate.
Published 4 months ago by mrs amanda whitman
5.0 out of 5 stars A very entertaining read
It only took me a couple of hours to read this book as it grabbed my attention from the blurb to the finish. Read more
Published 4 months ago by tracy langsley
5.0 out of 5 stars Hell yeah
What a good book and a completely different ending than I expected. Justice was served. My only fault is the middle part was a bit slow but the tension towards the end had me... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Not bad but the ending was kind of unusual. Generally the story was quite child like.
Published 8 months ago by Ray Kazemzadeh
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Gloria
What a nasty, nasty character Gloria is. But brilliant. I loved her to bits. I was a little disappointed with the end of the storey, as I wanted Gloria to go on and on with her... Read more
Published 11 months ago by linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Wasn't sure at the beginning but as I carried on reading IT picked up pace and I couldn't wait to see what happened to the characters. Read more
Published 14 months ago by pauline jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Would read it again it was that good going to read more off Joanna s books so get writing pleaze
Published 15 months ago by janelynas
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't meet my expectations
I started this book because I thought it looked creepy (from the name and front cover). The book failed to creep me out and I don't think it lived up to the blurb which sounded... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
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