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Dolly (original 2012; edition 2012)

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Title:Dolly
Authors:Susan Hill
Info:Profile Books (2012), Hardcover, 192 sidor
Collections:Your library, Allt annat
Rating:***1/2
Tags:ghost stories

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Dolly: A Ghost Story by Susan Hill (2012)

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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.

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.

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. ( )
  Violetthedwarf | Oct 23, 2014 |
None of Susan Hills ghost stories have lived up to The Woman in Black for me, but this gets the closest.

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.

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. ( )
  Violetthedwarf | Oct 23, 2014 |
Two cousins spend a childhood summer with their aunt at spooky old Iyot House in the middle of the fens. One of them, shy Edward, is the narrator of the tale. The other, spoiled and wicked Leonora, unleashes a curse with her furious tantrum over a disappointing birthday present.

[Dolly: A Ghost Story] was a bit of a let-down. I’ve read [The Woman in Black] and [The Small Hand], also by Susan Hill, and both of those were much better. The trouble with [Dolly] is that, though creepy, the story just isn’t coherent. TWiB and TSH both featured not only frightening episodes, but also dark secrets from the past brought gradually to light. There’s mystery as well as horror in both books, and the creeping horror makes a kind of terrible sense. They’re a sharp contrast with [Dolly], where it’s sort of suggested that maybe Leonora is possessed, but then again maybe not, or not always, and if she is then it’s never explained what spirit possesses her. I kept waiting for the big reveal of some dreadful event from the past, but it never came. Instead the story just stumbles forward on the premise that Leonora is a horrible child and is therefore cursed.

Edward makes a somewhat insipid narrator as well, and the plot device of ‘I did this thing because I simply felt compelled to do it’ is greatly overused. ( )
  Erratic_Charmer | Jan 23, 2014 |
I didn't like this as much as Susan Hill's other ghost stories. The concept of sinister dolls is a fairly well worn one in the horror genre and there are some creepy moments here with a good sinister atmosphere built up around them. However, there were also some slightly dull patches (at least dull by the author's usual standard of very taut writing) that, with the presence of an extremely irritating character, make me rate this less highly than her others. ( )
  john257hopper | Dec 24, 2013 |
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, ( )
  jan.fleming | May 2, 2013 |
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Susan Hill, author of "Woman in Black", is the greatest living writer of ghost stories, and here is a perfect chiller: a story of two damaged children filled with unease, the supernatural and horror. 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 seem simply unpleasant, 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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Susan Hill, author of "Woman in Black", is the greatest living writer of ghost stories, and here is a perfect chiller: a story of two damaged children filled with unease, the supernatural and horror. 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 seem simply unpleasant, 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.… (more)

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