Dolly by Susan Hill

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The narrative is conventional but an examination of love and the lack of it is the substance of the book.
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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.
 

About Susan Hill

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Susan Hill is the author of the Black Beauty My Readers and many other beginning readers. She lives in Portland, Oregon. Michael Hague has illustrated some of the best-loved works of children's literature, including The Velveteen Rabbit, The Wizard of Oz, and The Teddy Bears' Picnic. He lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
 
Published January 1, 2012 by Profile Books(GB). 153 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction
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Reviewed by Sadie Jones on Oct 19 2012

The narrative is conventional but an examination of love and the lack of it is the substance of the book.

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