enter the fascinating arena of childhood memories and repression when one of the characters Clodagh, seeks the help of a hypnotherapist to unravel her past. Phillips leads us, step by step, into the murky world of memory. I really enjoyed this book. I have a gripe about endings in novels, many good books are wonderful at building tension only to fall flat at the end - this novel doesn't, instead it builds to a riveting climax in the last chapters. It's an excellent psychological crime thriller with a very satisfying end. I had loads of questions but I whittled them down to three -
Thanks Louise for that glimpse into the world of a crime writer, and here's some more about the book, which has its very own trailer....
ABOUT THE BOOK
“Middle-aged male, multiple stab wounds, found drowned in the canal. You have my number. Call me.”
This is the message criminal psychologist Dr Kate Pearson receives one cold Saturday morning from Detective Inspector O’Connor, spoken in his usual curt manner. The middle-aged male in question is Keith Jenkins, the host of a popular TV programme, and as Kate and O’Connor begin their investigation, they find themselves faced with more questions than answers.
The past . . .
Following her mother’s recent death, Clodagh has begun to explore her past – her memories of her father, who died in a mysterious accident, and the dark tragedy that seeped through the cracks of her childhood home. When she begins to visit a hypnotherapist, scenes from her childhood begin to take shape, with interjections from a sometimes sinister cast of dolls.
. . . is waiting . . .
As Kate continues to investigate the disturbing details of the vicious murder, she is drawn closer to Clodagh’s unsettling family history. What terrible events took place in the Hamilton house all those years ago? And what connects them to the recent murder?
Time is running out for Clodagh and Kate. And the killer has already chosen his next victim…
THE DOLL’S HOUSEhas been described by crime writer, Niamh O’ Connor, as ‘chilling, mesmerising. Gets under your skin and stays with you,’ and by Myles Mc Weeney of the Irish Independent, as, ‘A gripping, suspenseful story, peopled with well-drawn characters…’
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Her bestselling debut novel, Red Ribbons, was shortlisted for Best Irish Crime Novel of the Year (2012) in the Irish Book Awards. The Doll's House is her second novel.