I have so many reviews to catch up on! That’s what happens when you take a break from blogging, I guess. Today’s review comes to you courtesy of BookBub, one of my all time favorite websites. Who doesn’t love getting free books? One of their main goals is usually to get you hooked into reading a series by offering up the first book for free, and I must say, it worked well for this one.
Dollhouse by Anya Allyn is the first book in the Dark Carousel series and is one of the creepiest books I’ve read in a while. Which is a good thing. I like creepy. It’s the story of Cassie, a teenage girl who goes on a school trip with her friends out in the woods. One of her friends, Aisha, disappears. Her boyfriend Ethan is a suspect, although Cassie doesn’t think he is responsible. Ethan goes searching for clues and Cassie and their friend Lacey follow him. Their search takes them to the basement of an old house owned by a creepy old guy who is practically a hermit. And that’s where things get creepy.
They enter the basement through an old broken carousel, but they can’t get out. The basement is set up like a life size doll house and is run by Jessamine, a young girl who looks after a group of other girls who have also been locked down there. Cassie is forced to dress up and take part in their activities in order to find information about Aisha and about Lacey, who has also gone missing.
Dolls and stuffed animals come to life. I will never look at Raggedy Anne the same way again. There’s a weird darkness that haunts part of the house. Time seems frozen there. It’s a combination of things that really sets an atmosphere that is uneasy and uncomfortable, but also doesn’t let you put the book down. My only complaint really is that he ending didn’t feel like it had a good conclusion. No closure. Which I’m sure means it will lead on into the next book, which I will definitely read at some point.
This isn’t for everyone, but I enjoyed the heck out of it. Stories like these are right up my dark and twisted alley.