The Doll's House (A Dr Kate Pearson novel) Paperback – 6 Mar 2014
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A great read told at breakneck speed, cue sitting on the edge of your seat for 400 pages (BBC Radio Ulster on THE DOLL'S HOUSE)
A gripping, suspenseful story peopled with well-drawn characters (Irish Independent on THE DOLL'S HOUSE)
Chilling, mesmerising. Gets under your skin and stays with you (Niamh O'Connor on THE DOLL'S HOUSE)
A real page turner...Phillips' book is laced with tension and gradually builds to a thrilling finale (The Irish Post on THE DOLL'S HOUSE)
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 on THE DOLL'S HOUSE)
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...A brilliant read. I devoured it (Emu Ink on THE DOLL'S HOUSE)
A cracker of a novel, highly recommended, a phenomenal debut (Arlene Hunt on RED RIBBONS)
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 on RED RIBBONS)
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 (Novelicious on RED RIBBONS)
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 on RED RIBBONS)
Criminal psychologist Dr Kate Pearson is called to assist in a murder investigation after a body is found in a Dublin canal. But when she digs beneath the surface, she finds a sinister connection to a tragic accident over three decades ago . . .See all Product description
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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.