Dolly : A Ghost Story, Hardback Book
3 out of 5 (6 ratings)

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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.

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A good, uneasy read, ideal for Christmastide, admirably written in the author's crisp, economical style. I thought the plot drifted a little down the home stretch and found the ending predictable, but don't want to say more than that in case I give the game away. If you like Susan Hill's work, you'll like this.

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Agree with cappybear, it is a good read, and has some moments of ghostly tension in there.... but this is the third book of Susan's that I have read, and I'm finding her plot assets are very formulaic. If like me, you've read The Woman In Black, and The Small Hand, then you'll understand what I mean after reading this.

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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.


A timeless, simply told Gothic novella that oozes atmosphere - perfect for reading in one sitting on a dark winter's night,
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None of Susan Hills ghost stories have lived up to The Woman in Black for me, but this gets the closest.<br/><br/>Sadly, it feels like she ran out of ideas half way through and decided to end it there, rather than 'unexplained and mysterious', which I think she was going for.<br/><br/>3 stars is an AVERAGE score, and this is a perfectly average ghost story. Worth reading, if you're a fan of the genre and the writer.

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None of Susan Hills ghost stories have lived up to The Woman in Black for me, but this gets the closest.<br/><br/>Sadly, it feels like she ran out of ideas half way through and decided to end it there, rather than 'unexplained and mysterious', which I think she was going for.<br/><br/>3 stars is an AVERAGE score, and this is a perfectly average ghost story. Worth reading, if you're a fan of the genre and the writer.

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