**EDIT** I have received confirmation from the author that the version I read is considerably shorterReview straight from my blog: The Fiction Diaries
**EDIT** I have received confirmation from the author that the version I read is considerably shorter than the final book. She believes that it is either an earlier draft of the book or that something went wrong went converting it. That being said, obviously this review will only be so accurate. 150 pages is quite a few missing scenes and if it turns out it was a draft copy there could have been any number of edits between it and the final copy of the book. I apologize for all the confusion. Please take this review with a grain of salt as I can't be sure how big the difference is between the one I read and the one available for purchase. I may in the future read the correct version of the book and change the review accordingly, but unfortunately I simply do not have the time to do so at the moment.
Okay, so I'm not entirely sure if formatting was the reason why my version was so much shorter page wise or if my version was missing things that were put into the final version (I received a pre-release copy from the author).
This book definitely creeped me out. I always try to avoid anything that is going to scare me because I have a very overactive imagination so for me personal this probably wasn't my best decision, but if you like creepy books this is one to check out.
I personally thought this book dragged a bit. There are long conversations that don't seem to have any real purpose except to fill a few pages. Even once the creepy stuff finally started happening it felt like there was a lot of time with nothing of importance going on; the characters go through similar days over and over again and as a reader you just sit and watch waiting for something new to happen to move the plot forward again.
The characters were a bit ify for me as well. Although the book is written in first person point of view from Cassie's perspective, I feel like I never really got to know Cassie. She's always describing what is going on around her but we rarely get to hear what is going on in her head. It feels more like a book meant to be written in third person and all the "I"s are just added in. I also found it a bit hard to believe that a girl who moved to Australia from the US would be using British vernacular without a thought after only a few months.
All things aside, the story itself is an interesting one and definitely succeeds in creeping a reader out. I knew fairly early on that this was not going to be my next favorite book, but I still wanted to know how it all ended because the plot itself is rather unique - it does keep you guessing and I was determined to find out what was going on. I do feel like there were a few things that never really get explained, like why the doll house was created to begin with, but that will probably be explained in the next book.
Basically the story itself is an interesting read but the writing, to me, got in the way a bit. If you are a fan of creepy books, which I now remember I am not, then this is one to check out. For this book, I think it really all comes down to taste; I personally didn't love it, but quite a few other people have really enjoyed it....more
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review:
The only thing stopping me from saying this is the best experience with an Indie book that I have ever had is that it is my first experience with an Indie book, and it has set the bar pretty high for my future Indie reads, because I absolutely ADORED this book!
I admit I was slightly concerned at the beginning, because everything gets started really quickly: strange things begin happening from page one without time to indicate what normal life was like.
Then I read a few more pages and I didn't care anymore; I just wanted to know what happened next.
The book head-jumps between a few different story lines that eventually collide in a way I had never expected. Now, anyone who knows me can tell you that it is very, very difficult for a plot twist to catch me off guard. I will be watching a movie and 10 minutes in I'll have figured out the catch - I've been told its rather infuriating. The point is I am not one to be caught off guard easily, but this book did just that. I sat in bed staring at the page with my mouth hanging open in awe of the fact that, finally, someone had beat me. I actually messaged the author on Goodread's just to share my excitement at how perfectly she had set the whole thing up. It is essentially a lesser version of when Snape's background is revealed in The Deathly Hallows; everything you know is a lie. Except..ya know..this one only lies to you for one book instead of seven.
The book is a quick read both because it is relatively short and very compelling. The more you read the more you want to know what is going on and you'll be damned if you stop reading before you do. And once you do finish it I am willing to bet you will be just as excited to get book 2 in the trilogy as I am now!...more