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The Doll's House (Dr Kate Pearson Book 2) by [Phillips, Louise]
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Chilling, mesmerising. Gets under your skin and stays with you (The Doll's House) (Niamh O'Connor)

(The Doll's House is) a gripping, suspenseful story peopled with well-drawn characters (Irish Independent)

A real page turner ... Phillips' book (The Doll's House) is laced with tension and gradually builds to a thrilling finale. What's particularly great about the novel is the author's fearlessness in delving into the darker recesses of the Irish capital (The Irish Post)

[The Doll's House] is every bit as good as her debut, Red Ribbons, this time with much more of a slant towards a psychological thriller which fans of Sophie Hannah and SJ Watson will devour (Writing.ie)

Phillips doesn't shy away from the harsh realities of Dublin city ... Her characters are well-crafted, the plot interesting and well-executed and, at the risk of sounding cliché, a page turner. It's gritty and it's dark, but at the same time hopeful. [The Doll's House] is a brilliant read. I devoured it. (Emu Ink)

If you enjoy the psychological thrillers of writers in the same vein as Sophie Hannah, Erin Kelly et al, [The Doll's House] sits very comfortably. I will definitely be seeking out Phillips' first novel Red Ribbons on the strength of this one (Raven Crime Reads)

A cracker of a novel, highly recommended, a phenomenal debut (Red Ribbons) (Arlene Hunt)

Red Ribbons is an absolutely brilliant book ... spine-tingling with loads of twists and turns. A debut novel from a great writer who will soon be up there with the likes of Patricia Cornwell (Stafford FM)

Dark, spooky but believable (Irish Examiner)

Red Ribbons has been getting rave reviews, especially for the insight it offers into the emotions of a mother who has lost her child (Irish Mail on Sunday)

The pace of this book is spot on, revealing information from the killer's past bit by bit to keep the reader turning the pages (Red Ribbons) (Novelicious)

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The past is waiting...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1325 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books Ireland; Reprint edition (1 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D8CSWV6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #46,432 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Louise Phillips n demonstrates her ability to weave a cracking good tale in the second book in the series. Following on from Red Ribbons we catch up with Kate Pearson, who is a criminal psychologist who again called in to work with Detective Inspector O'Connor.

Set in Ireland this tale, like her debut, is told from multiple viewpoints of Kate Pearson, Clodagh McKay and the shadowy figure of the murderer himself. Personally I found Clodagh's story by far the most interesting and engaging of the book. Clodagh is the mother of a teenage daughter, has a marriage which has all that dissolved and a drink problem and crucially is the owner of the Doll's House.

The story begins with the murder of the presenter of a TV show which allows members of the public to air their dirty laundry in exchange for five minutes of fame on daytime TV and it is presumed that he will have made a few enemies along the way. Within pages another body is added to the pile....

One of the aspects of this book which I enjoyed the most was the uncovering of memories. Clodagh visits a hypnotist to try and remember key events in her childhood while Kate, as if she wasn't busy enough, is trying to help an anorexic girl in her practice who suffers from memory gaps. This added another dimension to the puzzle of the motive and perpetrator of the murders as I willed Clodagh to remember what had really happened all those years before. Themes of memories and the effects childhood trauma run throughout the book as Clodagh fights to find out what is being kept from her along with the reasons for the truth being withheld.

In conclusion an absorbing read although I found it a little off-putting that Clodagh appeared to believe that the dolls knew the answers despite realising that this was the device used to uncover those shadowy events of childhood.
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This is the second of Louise Phillips' books I have read - and I've loved both of them. I like the emerging characters of Kate Pearson, and DI O'Connor - and the battles they are each fighting within themselves. The other main characters in this book - Clodagh, Dominic and Martin - are fascinating in their own right - and Clodagh's story in particular is gripping as it unfolds from the shadows of her memory. Part of the appeal for me is that the locations of the book are my own - Ranelagh, Leeson Street, the Grand Canal, Sandymount - all places I know - even if many street names are fictional (to protect the innocent perhaps?!). I am already looking forward to reading the next book in the series 'Last Kiss' - and I hope there'll be more to come after that.
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I read Red Ribbons and enjoyed the character Kate Pearson and loved the book.
With her second book, The Dolls House, Louise Phillips has once again enthralled this reader with a cast of characters, a well crafted crime novel and of course Kate and O'Connor are back in the thick of things again.
I had a doll once I got for Christmas, and her head got burnt beside the range in my grandmothers house on Christmas Day. I loved her as much as my other dolls but she always scared my sister! This book brought me back to the world of dolls and the games we played with them and the myriad of secrets we shared with them. But in Louises book, there are many secrets to tell, hidden for years, and her dolls and their house help her unravel them.....read for yourself.
Truly a great read and a story so well told, that I am already looking forward to book three.
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I bought this book having read the numerous glowing reviews on Amazon and the hype on the internet in general. Coupled with the fact that The Doll's House had won an award for best crime novel in 2013, this book had all the appearance of a winner. I was so disappointed to find that, in fact, at least 200 pages could (and should) have been cut from this story without making a difference to the plot or storyline. There are far too many characters which makes the story convoluted and difficult to grasp and most of these characters simply disappear - the reader never finds out what happens to them as they are not integral to the plot. Kate Pearson has a schizophrenic approach to her work - she can't decide whether she specialises in adolescent psychology or criminology. The most unbelieveable thing for me was that she would leave her patients in Ocean House while she gallavanted with O'Connor. How psychologically damaging is that - when even your psychologist abandons you!! I'm not sure why O'Connor is in this novel at all as his appearance really isn't necessary unless it was to provide a detailed description of a police station. Much was made of the research into and expertise displayed by this writer when it came to hypnotherapy. I found it repetitive and boring. I really didn't need the author to go through the process over and over again with each trip Clodagh made. There really wasn't that much to tell. Sopie Hannah covered it much more succinctly in Kind of Cruel. Maybe that's why I had the impression that I'd heard it all before but I don't think so. I really can't fathom why this book is receiving such acclaim - the gratuitous sex scene, tantamount to rape, bore absolutely no relation to the story for me. I don't agree that if you are a fan of Criminal Minds then this book is for you.Read more ›
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