My review: The Doll House, by Phoebe Morgan


About the book:

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 horse and the little doll with its red velvet dress. Someone has been inside her house…

How does the stranger know so much about her life? How long have they been watching? And what are they waiting for…?

My review:

This book is a real page turner. Such a great debut for Phoebe Morgan! I am looking forward to reading more of her work in the future for sure.

This book is one of those when you enjoy ‘the process’ more than ‘the result’. Suspense is really there and keeps you hooked until the end. The ending has been a bit disappointing for me. But I won’t say why not to spoil it for you.

‘The Doll House’ shows perfectly an emotional rollercoaster Corinne is in, because of her personal loss and grieving for her father, but also due to failed attempts to have a baby. She is so edgy and realistically sensitive but by the end it gets a bit tiring.

It is quite a sad story, to be honest. It’s about grief and loss, about difficulties of life and family support, about children and parents. It’s about reality as sometimes it isn’t as it seems and people are not always who we think they are.

My score is 4* out of 5*.

My review: When You Disappeared, by John Marrs


About the book:

What would you do if the person you loved suddenly vanished into thin air?

Catherine’s cosy life as a housewife and mum-of-three is quickly thrown into disarray when husband Simon disappears without explanation. She is convinced he hasn’t left by choice as confusion and spiraling debts threaten to tear her family apart.

Meanwhile Simon has begun a carefree new life travelling the world. And he’s determined not to disclose his past to all he meets, even if it means resorting to extreme and violent measures.

But why did he leave?

Catherine only gets her answer 25 years later when Simon suddenly reappears on her doorstep.

During their furious final confrontation, they discover the secrets, lies and misunderstandings that tore them apart, then brought them face-to-face one last time.

My review:

I really liked the original title of the book – The Wronged Sons which sums up the main idea of the book.

It took some time for me to get into the book as I was struggling with my feelings towards one of the main characters. But then something clicked and I started to enjoy the book. It captivated me so much that I couldn’t wait to know all the secrets.

I really enjoyed the main lesson of the book which to me is an ultimate example of misunderstandings and assumptions that people can experience in the life and consequences they can lead to. I also agree that in critical situations many people show their character and inner strength and achieve even more than without any problems life throws at them.

In general, I loved this book.