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The Doll Collection

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  100 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Murders that look like accidents. Accidents that look like murders.

A psychological thriller.

I am Gloria. Be kind to me and I'll be your friend. Be cruel to me, betray me or sneak on me and you'll join my doll collection.
Kindle Edition, 225 pages
Published (first published June 30th 2011)
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Nov 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
The image on this cover is what drew me to this book, I am not someone who goes for books because they have pretty or interesting covers but the cover of this book made me stop and read the synopsis and I am glad I did as this was one of the best books I read on my kindle last year.

The main character of this novel is Gloria and the reader quickly learns that Gloria is pure evil, her collection of dolls that sit on her windowsill are more sinister than what appears to the naked eye. The purpose
Apr 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
I expected a higher body count in this book, but still enjoyed it.

The Author wrote the characters well and kept me hooked for the majority of the book

I despised Gloria, although I have since read many reviews where others have felt sympathetic toward her, I don't share this view and was willing for her to get her just desserts.

I'll be keeping an eye out for future works from Joanna Stephen-Ward
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow, what a loathesome person this Gloria is--Gloria is a 30 year old woman and a psycho-- that is all I will say.. From the book blurb you find that she is a murderess and has gotten away with the murders many times over--she calls her victims her dolls.. The other characters in the book were written very well and were fleshed out and seemed real. .The only problem I had with the story is the ending--I am not sure why the author ended it that way.. In any event, I still recommend reading this b ...more
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
I feel rather at odds with the over reviewers!

I found that the book didn't live up to the thrilling blurb. A majority of Gloria's advertised victims aren't greatly described.

The only time I felt empathy for any character in this novel is in the beginning (view spoiler)
Feb 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Good crime fiction - really enjoyed this one.
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
enjoyed this book very good a great free read from Amazon..
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is the second time i have read this book and it's really brilliant.Thankfully there is not many people like Gloria in the world
Diana Hockley
Jul 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have just finished reading about a monster, a psychopath so cunning and violent that this person was evicted from the family at age 16.

Joanna Stephen-Ward's well-written and beautifully paced - fortunately fictional- book kept me, literally in some places, breathless. I wanted to scrabble through the plot to find out when this psychopath would strike next and whom or what would be killed, but had to clam down and stay with it so I wouldn't miss anything. There are not many novelists who can fo
Eve Collier
Sep 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-suspense
Me feel pity for a serial killer? I never thought I would, but Gloria in this novel, got my sympathy. Not all the time, or even most of the time, but often enough for me to wonder about myself.

Her thoughts such as, 'I wish I was a fox. Vixens don't have to worry about attracting males. The right smell does it. I wish all I had to do was wear the right perfume.' and 'I wish I wasn't me.' 'I wish I'd been on holiday when my brother drowned,' had me feeling desperately sorry for this girl.

Wrongly t
Emma Shaw
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Murders that look like accidents. An accident that look like murder.

Thank you to NetGalley, Bloodhound Books and Joanna Stephen-Ward for the chance to read this book.

Gloria seems like your average boring, frumpy woman next door who is a little too clingy and desperate to have any real friends or kind of relationship. But underneath all that normalcy lurks a woman who is driven to kill. She doesn’t like killing, or at least that’s what she tells herself and her doll collection, and she doesn’t kn
marjorie hall-venmore

I really enjoyed this book from the first chapter and each chapter got better and better all the way through. I was surprised by Glorias fate, don't want to say too much I do not want to spoil it, I just had the impression she was going to be collecting more dolls on her travels, well that's where the twist and turns come I. It suddenly took on another direction unexpectedly. Not that it was a bad thing in fact the opposite to be honest, if it hadn't have taken another direction it c
Christine Rennie
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
With thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for the book in exchange for an honest review.
This was an interesting psychological thriller by the author Joanna Stephen-Ward. Gloria is the Doll Collector, she collects dolls representing people she has killed in various ways, when they have upset her in some way. The book is very clever because you know that Gloria is a nasty, evil woman and you have little sympathy for her. The male characters are not necessarily sympathetic characters either but y
lucy stokes
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Couldn't put this book down, Gloria is twisted and menacing and I couldn't wait to find out if she got justice for what she'd done. Great read despite a few grammatical errors.
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book and was certainly hooked from the beginning to the end. On first meeting Gloria I couldn’t stand her and on first meeting Maurice I couldn’t stand him either although towards the middle of the book, he grew on me. I will be reading more from this author.
Kirsty Huggins
Mar 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
Really struggled to finish this book. Found it quite poorly written
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book wasn't for me.
I found the writing style overly simplistic.
Also,I didn't find a single character believable or many of their actions.
Katherine Holmes
Feb 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Doll Collection is a tongue-in-cheek portrayal of a woman murderer and sociopath, uncaught and clever enough to avoid any typical mystery slips or formats. The horror of her personality and the way she seemed to be a pitiable and industrious person was sporadically funny. Stephen-Ward, though, reveals Gloria's need to manipulate her housemate Maurice so that he doesn't dump her like the man she murdered, and while revealing her malice towards women. This is done skillfully during two-faced s ...more
May 02, 2012 rated it liked it
The Doll Collection is a well written thriller with the main character Gloria, a manipulative psychopath already skilled in the art of murder. When Maurice, a fairly shy and naive man, advertises for a lodger to help make the rent, he ends up with more than he bargained for when he starts sharing a house with Gloria. The book mainly follows the story of Gloria, Maurice, their neighbours and the scheming father and son who own the real estate agency that has been hounding Maurice for some time.

Frederick Brooke
Jan 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a humdinger of a psycho-thriller that reminded me of "The Collector" by John Fowles and "The Moviegoer" by Walker Percy. The pure evil of the main character, Gloria, is never in doubt. With each person she kills, she adds another doll to the collection on her windowsill--hence the title. Reading this book is an exercise in mountin dread, as Gloria increasingly takes over the life of everyone she meets through her manipulative maneuvers. It's interesting that the polite British sense of d ...more
jade wood
I wish I could rate this 5 stars.....

I wish I could rate this book five stars, and for the cleverness of the plotline I could. However, the poor spelling of simple words such as 'dining' (dinning) and terrible grammar throughout completely ruined the whole reading experience for me. I can't believe this book wasn't subjected to being proofread before being published and the irritation of this bleached any and all enjoyment I would have received from devouring an edited version of the book. A mas
Vicki Tyley
Feb 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: indie
“L-O-V-E. L . . . loathsome, O . . . obese, V . . . vicious or vile, vile is a more suitable word for her, I think, E . . . elephant? No, elephants are nice, egotist, no – evil. E equals evil.” – The Doll Collection

A gripping psychological thriller that had me wanting to warn the hapless Maurice at every turn about what he’d got himself into. Though Maurice is the protagonist in the story, the manipulating and conniving Gloria is the centre of attention, but then she wouldn’t have it any other w
Sep 27, 2013 rated it liked it
got this free on my kindle. It was ok. Since it was free I shouldn't complain. I did not like Gloria at all. Granted she didn't have the best life but a more hateful negative person you will never find. Had some sympathy for Maurice but he was very spinless.
Lynne - The Book Squirrel
Dec 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books
Very good! Loved it and can see Cathy Bates as Gloria if it was made into a film! A 77p kindle ebook.
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