Dolly – Susan Hill


The remoter parts of the English Fens are forlorn, lost and damp even in the height of summer. At Iyot Lock, a large decaying house, two young cousins, Leonora and Edward, are parked for the summer with their ageing spinster aunt and her cruel housekeeper. At first the unpleasantness and petty meannesses appear simply spiteful, calculated to destroy Edward’s equanimity. But when spoilt Leonora is not given the birthday present of a specific dolly that she wants, affairs inexorably take a much darker turn with terrifying, life-destroying consequences for everyone.


So this book was sent to me as part of the travelling tales book club, because I did so appallingly at reading my last one I decided to read this straightaway! At only 153 pages I whizzed through it in one sitting.

This book is not exactly what I imagine a ghost story to be, but more of a unexplainable supernatural objects! There were no ghosts, or hauntings but it did give me chills in certain places…

It’s creepy, vivid and written well! It has very engaging and haunting descriptions but I wasn’t exactly satisfied with the story or how it ended.

I actually preferred the parts of the story that were set in the past, and learning about their history!

I rated this one a 3/5 stars. I’d recommend picking this one up if your intrigued but don’t expect a conventional ghost story!

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