October Reading: Book Review of “The Doll House” by Phoebe Morgan


I received this book for free for review purposes from Netgalley. All opinions are my own. 

Since it’s fall now, basically everything I’m reading is either horror or thrillers. The Doll House by Phoebe Morgan is definitely a thriller. I finished this book in just one day. It’s a page turner and while I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite book of all time, it for sure wasn’t boring. I’ll tell you the synopsis and then my thoughts about it.

No Spoilers

The Synopsis

Corrine and Dominic are a couple who seems to have everything. Corrine is from a wealthy family that she’s very close to. Her father passed away almost a year ago but besides that everything looks perfect. However, Dominic and Corrine are struggling to have the one thing they want the most in life, a baby. After three failed rounds of IVF they’ve decided to give it one more chance. Soon after, Corrine finds a piece of a dollhouse chimney pot outside her door. It looks just like a piece to an old dollhouse that her father built her and she takes it as a sign that this time the IVF will be successful. Soon after, more and more dollhouse pieces begin to show up and Corrine realizes that someone knows too much about her life and childhood. The pieces even look like they came from Corrine’s actual dollhouse that she hasn’t seen in years. As the tension builds and more sinister, strange things happen Corrine becomes paranoid. She wonders who is watching her and how they know so much. Eventually she’ll have the answers she’s looking for but they’re almost too strange to believe…

My Thoughts

As I said above, this is a page turning, suspenseful, thriller. I really enjoyed it and not a single part bored me. To be honest, my only “complaints” really are not a big deal. My first being that no reason is ever given for why Dominic and Corrine have to have IVF. As someone that is currently dealing with infertility, IVF is usually the last resort. The book never gives any insight into why they’re having fertility issues. I feel the author used the infertility and IVF treatments as a way to make Corrine an emotional/hormonal person, which is fine, I just wish there was more detail given. My second issue was Ashley, Corrine’s sister, says she’s (Ashley) an atheist at one point but later in the book it mentions her thanking God and praying. I just thought it was a strange inconsistency but not a big deal. That was really my only issues. I felt the biggest “mystery” of the book was very easy to figure out but I didn’t figure out everything so parts were still shocking. It was a very well written story with likable characters.

If you like psychological thrillers like Gone GirlThe Girl on the Train or Behind Closed Doors you will enjoy this book. Let me know if you’ve read this book or it sounds interesting to you! Thank you for reading and have a great day!

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