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The Doll House

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  4,101 ratings  ·  509 reviews
You never know who’s watching…

Corinne’s life might look perfect on the outside, but after three failed IVF attempts it’s her last chance to have a baby. And when she finds a tiny part of a doll house outside her flat, it feels as if it’s a sign.

But as more pieces begin to turn up, Corinne realises that they are far too familiar. Someone knows about the miniature rocking ho
Kindle Edition, 355 pages
Published September 14th 2017 by HQ Digital
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I couldn't put this book down! And I thought I had it all figured out, but NOPE. I got it all wrong.

The story is about Corinne and Dominic who are trying to have a baby. Corinne is a nervous wreck all of the time. Then pieces of her and Ashley's (her sister) old dollhouse start to appear in different places for her to find. That's not creepy or anything.

Ashley is married to James and they have three kids, Lucy, Benji, and Holly. Ashley works one day a week at a cafe just so she can have some p
Sarah Joint
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
A little creepy, slightly unnerving, and a bit crazy. Here's a great fall read.

This one kept me reading. Lots of things I liked, a few I didn't, but the story is strong. Just when I started to have doubts, it delivered one of the strongest endings of anything I've read lately!

The sisters:

I mentioned this fact in updates for the book as I read... this character is a mess. She's a ball of nerves and was actually stressing me out as I read. Some of this is due to her hormones: she's been und
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just a little CREEPY yes it was a bit unnerving & family secrets that should never be told!!
if you are going into this book thinking its about a dolls house , think again its completely untrue, two sisters one Corinne who is trying for a baby having failed twice before thus being her third attempt at happiness. The other hiding secrets that should never be found out.

What do i think?? bloody brilliant, slightly crazy enjoyable fun.
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even though this psychological thriller played more like a family drama at times, by getting to know the characters first made the finale even more climatically compelling.

The novel follows sisters Ashley and Corinne, with both having completely contrasting lives.
Ashley mother of three feels that her husband is acting strangely lately, James is getting home later and seemingly really distant. Could he be having an affair?
Corinne and partner Dominic are desperate to have kids and after 3 failed
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Corinne has been struggling to have a baby for quite some time and attempt after attempt at IVF have not brought her any closer to her dream of becoming a mother. As she begins yet another try Corinne finds a piece of an old doll house that she and her sister had as children and believes that this may be a sign that it's her turn to become a mother.

Ashley is Corinne's sister and from the outside she has the perfect life that Corinne wishes to have someday. But Ashley's life is far from perfect,
Sep 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Doll House plays out as a psychological thriller, mixed within a contemporary family drama setting - but I was left feeling unsure as to whether it really 'thrilled' me.

The Doll House follows the lives of two sisters, Ashley and Corinne. Ashley is a married mother of three, with a husband who suddenly seems distant - working late at the office and easily distracted. Is he hiding something? When Ashley starts receiving mysterious
I received a free electronic copy of The Doll House by Phoebe Morgan for my honest review.

The Doll house is a thrilling read that will leave readers clinging to the edge of their seats. This is Corinne’s last chance to have a baby. She finds a tiny part of a doll house outside her house and thinks it is a sign. More pieces start to show up (pieces of her childhood dollhouse) then Corinne realizes that someone has been inside her house. This is a who is watching thriller for sure.

Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

Well, this story is about two sisters, Ashley and Corinne. When they were children, their father bought them a doll house with all the toys. Their father is dead for a year now, Ashley is married and have three kids and she struggles with them. She is tired, her husband is absent most of the time and he claims it’s because of his job and Ashley receives strange phone calls. Her sister, Corinne, lives with her boyfriend. She receives some of the toys from their doll house but when she as
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Netgalley will be the death of me. I have absolutely zero willpower. I'll be reading this book in Sept. for the Booklikes Halloween Bingo. Come on over and join us!

I never did get this read in time. Ah well, it's done now!

"The house surrounds us. I feel like it’s watching me."

This book isn’t really about a dollhouse. Nor is it about creepy dolls. It’s about family secrets and I love those almost as much as creepy dolls so I was good with that. Unfortunately, I guessed the biggest secret way too
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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The Doll House is such a gripping read! It kept me intrigued from page one right until the (great) end! The story is a great mix of creepiness and family / marriage dynamics, and there's lots of surprises to keep the reader guessing.

Now, the characters themselves are a mixed bunch. I liked both Ashley and Corinne, but found Corinne a bit too reliant on everyone around her at times which left me feeling frustrated. That kind of adds to the tension though, as Co
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I dare you to put this book down!

I literally read this book in one day. The blurb to this book is correct - You never know who is watching!

Corrine and her boyfriend have a wonderful life but with one exception - they are having fertility problems. After several failed IVF treatments, they are feeling the stress and Corrine is not taking their fertility problems well. One day she finds a familiar looking miniature piece near her doorway and feels that it may be a sign. It reminds her of the mini
Jill McGill
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Doll House by Phoebe Morgan is a well-written psychological thriller that is dark, creepy, crazy, and twisted. A great strong story that starts out a bit slow but picks up in the end. This one will definitely keep you intrigued!

*I want to thank NetGalley and HQ Digital for providing me with this ARC.
Caroline Mitchell
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Atmospheric, dark and haunting, I could not put this book down. Morgan's story of love, lies and betrayal is utterly enchanting in such a dark and twisted way. The family dynamics surrounding Corinne are so skillfully written, it's hard to believe this is a debut novel. It's difficult to give a full account without spoiling the story but I absolutely loved the chapters from the young woman who was watching from afar. I thought I had figured out who it was only to be thwarted each time. Each time ...more
Joanne Robertson
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
OMG!!! This book!!! THIS is how to write a psychological thriller! I had absolutely no idea where this one was heading until it smacked me bang on the head, totally surprising me and making sure I trusted no one until that very last page. And did I mention it’s a DEBUT!? Phoebe Morgan has joined that exclusive list of authors where I know I will buy their next book without even reading the blurb. This author actually understands what us psychological thriller fans really want and she has certain ...more
THE DOLL HOUSE by Phoebe Morgan is a well-written debut psychological thriller that will have you on the edge of your seats wanting more.

This story alternates between two adult sisters, Corrine and Ashley, and an unnamed girl.

Corrine and her boyfriend Dominic want only one thing…to have a family. They are desperate and have used up all their savings for ongoing IVF treatments. It even put their plan of getting married on hold, due to financial constraints. After three failed IVF attempts it’s he
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
It's a good year for psychological thrillers and if you are a fan you will love this one. A delectable twisty tale of family secrets, stalking, revenge and lies. This is what I call a solid page turner.

Full review on way!
The Book Review Café
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Oh my, Oh my, what a fantastic read The Doll House turned out to be, I loved every page of this dark and intense psychological thriller. Steeped in malice with a constant nagging sense of unease I literally couldn’t put this book down, and read it in just under twenty four hours. I must mention this is Phoebe Morgan’s debut novel, which I was really surprised at, I’m convinced The Doll House will be a book everyone will be talking about,
Zuky the BookBum
Sep 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, 3-stars
I rate a lot of books 3 stars, yet my 3 star ratings can mean so many different things. In this case it’s that this book was a good debut, but it wasn’t fantastic. As a first novel, I commend Morgan on her skill at writing and building characters, but I didn’t find that the story blew me away.

This is one of those books that has a different perspective for each chapter, and while Dom occasionally popped up for an odd chapter here and there, for the most part it was between the sisters Corinne and
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I think it’s fair to say that the psychological thriller genre has had its fair share of hits and misses the past few months. Try as I might to stay away, there is always one that lures me back in. In the case of The Doll House, I have no regrets or complaints whatsoever!

Since the book description is so vague, I won’t add anything to it. Suffice to say that while the “why” is reasonably obvious, it’s the “who” that’ll keep you guessing until there’s this fantastic “aha” moment! I had a list of p
Karen Whittard
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I would like to start off by thanking Netgalley, the publisher and Phoebe Morgan for the opportunity to read this book for an honest review.

Connie wants nothing more then to have a baby. But after serveral unsuccessful tries at IVF, she has decided that this is her last attempt.

When Corrine steps outside and finds a piece of a dolls house outside her house. She feels that it is the universe giving her signals that this time will be the time that's she has a baby.

However as more and more items
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
DNF @ 80pg

I'm not rating this one because it's definitely just a case of a book not being what I was looking for, but this book is marketed as a dark and fast-paced psychological thriller, which is not what I've gotten so far. Instead, I've gotten two perspectives: one being Corrine, whose only ongoing thought process is her struggle with infertility, and the other being her sister, whose chapters are all solely revolving around her cranky infant daughter and the fact that her husband seems
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Did I read a different book than all the others on here whom rated four and five stars?? It was just simply OK for me and I did not like, or care about any of the characters in this novel (except Holly). The editing was awful with to many mistakes and repetitions and I seriously struggled to finish it.
Brooke (Brooke's Books and Brews)
The Dollhouse focuses on the lives of sisters Corinne and Ashley but the reader is also given the point of view of an unknown person from the past. Corinne and Ashley are both dealing with the loss of their father as well as other personal issues. Ashley is a married mother of 3 and has had to deal with a few major problems within the family. Corinne seems to have a perfect life but she is experiencing infertility and has had to deal with multiple failed IVF attempts. Corinne is on edge due to t ...more
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
For a debut novel this is an exceptionally good psychological thriller. Corrine has been trying to conceive though IVF treatment and is obsessed with falling pregnant. One day at home she finds a piece of a doll house, a piece that seems to be identical to one that she and her sister Ashley had as children. Their father had built them a miniature doll house and they both loved it and played with it all the time. Corrine is perplexed by this and soon she finds more. Then a piece disappears, just ...more
Well, that was a very predictive read, unfortunately


This is probably the first thriller/mystery book I have rated lower than four stars.
I have always loved mystery/thriller books simply because they offer this whole experience about the unknown and figuring out clues/puzzles and catching the bad guys. This genre is a welcome distraction from everyday life. I thoroughly enjoy reading about murders and criminals (and I am not ashamed to admit that th
Shawna P.
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow this was such an engaging psychological thriller that is easily going on my favorites list for the year! Corinne and her boyfriend Dominic have been struggling to have a baby (this part just hit close to home). She begins getting pieces of a doll house that she and her older sister Ashley has when they were younger. At first Corinne believes this a sign she will be pregnant soon, but then as the pieces become more similar to the one they had, she starts feeling paranoid.

Ashley's life also l
Michael David
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thank you to HQ Digital and Phoebe Morgan for an ARC for an honest review of this novel.

THE DOLL HOUSE is a suspenseful and atmospheric book that goes back and forth between two sisters.

Corrine is trying her final round of IVF after failing to conceive three times. When she finds a piece of a doll house that resembles the one she had as a kid, she takes it as a sign that things will go positive this time...until more pieces turn up in strange places and she thinks someone has gotten into her h
Michelle Scott
Feb 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads, mystery
Interpersonal tensions, a family's dark past, and promises of revenge all come together in Phoebe Morgan's The Doll House.  Although this book has a few interesting twists, it is more of a family drama than a tense thriller.

The story is mostly divided between the stories of two sisters: Corinne and Ashley.  Of the two, I far preferred Ashley.  Ashley, a mother of three, worked hard to keep up with the demands of her family.  Dealing with a cranky baby, a curious grade schooler, and a rebellious
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very good book and cleverly written. Addictive read . Had me guessing the whole time who the "mysterious" person was . ...more
The Doll House by Phoebe Morgan

Yes, yes, yes, The Doll House by Phoebe Morgan is another new to me 5-star author. 2017 has been a great year for discovering new 5-star authors, and it makes me grin ear to ear.

The Doll House is a dark and creepy tale with an astonishing ending to which I hope there is a sequel. (hint, hint).

Phoebe Morgan's story centers around two adult sisters, Corrine and Ashley.


Corrine is desperate to be a mom and is undergoing IVF. Her hormones are out of control; she'
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Phoebe Morgan is an author and editor. She studied English at Leeds University after growing up in the Suffolk countryside. She has previously worked as a journalist and now edits crime and women’s fiction for a publishing house during the day, and writes her own books in the evenings. She lives in London and you can follow her on Twitter @Phoebe_A_Morgan. The Doll House is her debut novel. It bec ...more

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