Fifteen-year-old Aisha disappears in the dark forests on a school hiking trip. She’s the latest in a string of children to vanish there over the past five years. The towns surrounding the forests are on edge and they want answers. And wildboy Ethan—Aisha’s boyfriend—is on the run after he and his grandfather are blamed for her disappearance.
Cassie is just about the only friend Ethan has left. She’s been secretly in love with him ever since her mother dragged her to the wilds of Australia from Florida six months ago.
Desperate to prove Ethan’s innocence, Cassie searches the forests with Ethan to find out what really happened to Aisha. But Ethan’s growing strangely silent, and Cassie’s left questioning if her feelings for him are clouding her judgment.
Cassie discovers a dark secret lurking in the heart of the forests; a secret world of nightmarish horrors—where nothing is as it seems, where the supernatural invades your soul, where the people she trusts most might be the people she can trust least, and where escape exists only in dreams.
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Mystery/Horror
Doll House had a promising prologue to set the stage for a dark, suspense story filled with a human element and monsters. However, once the initial set-up is complete, I felt that the story dragged the rest of the way. I felt that the main characters could have used more in the way of development. Despite the horrible circumstances they found themselves in, they seemed to uncharacteristically turn on a dime in some instances, as opposed to the experience motivating their actions. I would also have liked to have seen the focus on one monster instead of the several we ended up getting and pulling me in too many different directions and side stories. The action picked up a bit in the last part of the book, which left more than a few loose ends. Hopefully, these will be answered in the next two books of this trilogy.
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About the Author
Anya Allyn lives near the beach an hour north of Sydney, Australia. She loves anywhere outdoors that is natural and wild. Or anywhere indoors where Black Forest Cake is on offer. She has four amazing boys and enjoys their energy and happy-go-lucky spirit, and wishes she could plug into some of that energy on days when her ‘get up and go’ has packed up and gone! She is a former Features’ Editor/Community Manager for a media organisation in Australia. The idea for Doll House was born after a trip to the beautiful Barrington Tops region of Australia–sparked by places there such as Devils Hole, Ladies Well and Thunderbolt’s Way.