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MP!er Wilhelmina shares her thoughts on the “mild gothic romance” ‘The Dolls’ by Kiki Sullivan. Let’s start flipping the pages in a craze!


YOU REVIEW: MP!er Wilhelmina shares her thoughts on ‘The Dolls’ by Kiki Sullivan. 

Fiction - The Dolls - Front Cover

Describe the plot of ‘The Dolls’ in a tweet – less than 140 characters please!
When Eveny Cheval arrives at Carrefour, she’s unaware of the magic she possesses. A killer wants her dead: only with friendship will she survive.

Without giving anything away, does the ending make you want to read the next in the series?
The novel definitely makes you want to read on. As Sullivan reaches the climax of her story you’re left rushing, flipping the pages in a craze. The way she leaves us with questions is an effective way of drawing the reader in and making us want to know what will happen in the next series.

What genre would you class the book as?
I would class this book as a mild gothic romance. The genre is inherently gothic and the themes of love and relationships are used throughout. It can be said that there are also themes of horror and the supernatural which gives the book an eerie mood but these are also themes to be associated with gothic romance novels too.

What was the best bit?
One of my favourite parts has got to be the when Eveny uses a charm on the parlour so she can see what happened to her mother when she died. It’s one of the first real moments we get insight into something that Eveny is only just beginning to see. Furthermore, it’s an important sign that establishes that there is a real threat out there, waiting to kill Eveny. What’s also good about it is the fact that the charm is one of the most useful ones used in the book because it’s something we could all say we want to look into: if we had a chance to look into what truly happened in the past, the charm would be inevitable crucial.

Anything you didn’t like?
By the middle of the book there was already growing speculation as to who the killer might be. I’m still not sure whether it was the language used that put me off, when we learn that the killer is someone close to the ‘Dolls’, but as soon as that was written I knew who it must have been. Essentially the book became very predictable in the way Sullivan ‘discretely’ added to the suspicion that it was a certain character. I would have liked it if another character had been brought into the story, with some connection to the ‘Dolls’ and that perhaps they were related to the killings, or even a less noticeable character as the one already decided for as the killer.

Would you recommend ‘The Dolls’ to your friends?
I would certainly recommend the book to my friends, because at the end of the day, it was an enjoyable book that had me gripped by the storyline. Obviously, it’s not the most complex read but it’s intricately thought out and well developed. The focus on the side of voodoo and charms would have called for extensive research and it’s an admirable quality to think that Sullivan has put so much effort into writing the novel. Aside from the fact that it’s predictable, it’s sweet and gripping.

Do you prefer ebooks or physical books?
Physical books all the way! I find that reading ebooks means you’re less motivated to finish the book. Plus, there’s nothing greater than visiting a book store and holding the physical copy in your arms and smelling that great scent that I think all avid book readers will cherish.

Do you think it would appeal to girls or boys more? Or both?
Due to the themes of romance and the constant use of feminine characters, I would say the book would be aimed more towards girls and so they would be more appealing to girls. The gossip relayed by the characters can be very frustrating at times also, and it’s stereotypically a matter girls can identify with more, rather than boys.

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