Book Reveiw: Dollhouse by Anya Allyn

Dollhouse (Dollhouse, #1)Title: Dollhouse
Author: Anya Allyn
Series: Dollhouse #1
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Release Date: 2012

Book Summary:

Four teenagers chance across a mysterious, crumbling mansion in the depths of the mountains….

– One of them is about to vanish.

– One of them is lying about what he or she knows.

– None of them will escape the fate awaiting them in the terrifying Dollhouse beneath the old mansion–a place of nightmarish horrors and insanity.

A slow-burn nightmare, a world of supernatural darkness and strange secrets.

Six months ago, fifteen-year-old Cassie Claiborne reluctantly moved from her home in Florida with her social worker mom. In her new home–a remote, mountainous Australian town, Cassie meets new friends–Aisha Dumaj, Ethan McAllister and Lacey Dougherty.

For the first time, Cassie falls in love. The only problem is that the boy she falls for is her friend, Ethan–and he and Aisha are already an item. When Cassie goes on a school hike to Devils Hole with her new friends, she tries desperately to keep her feelings for Ethan secret.

Aisha disappears on the hike without a trace–with the police believing she was murdered.

When Cassie, Ethan and Lacey return to the mountains to search for Aisha–Cassie begins to realize she never really knew any of her friends. Everyone has their own secrets. She discovers the stranger lurking inside everyone she thought she knew.

The darkest secret of all waits beneath the old mansion in the mountains–a secret from which there is no escape….

So I just finished Dollhouse and I am furious!!! FURIOUS I tell you!! Dang you evil geniuses for ending a book like to have me buy the next one right away! This makes the readers need to read the second book instead of just want it.

The story begins when Cassie, Lacey, Ethan and his girlfriend Aisha go on a little hiking trip for a school project. Cassie cannot stand being away for too long from Ethan because she is madly in love with him and Aisha notices it. After storming away into the woods, she disappears. After months of searching, Cassie wants to prove that Ethan is innocent and she goes for investigation with Lacey to find the truth. But what they find underneath an old house will question everything they ever known and the only thing that will matter is to survive. Survive and not go crazy with time overlapping and shadows lurking in the dark.

”I knew you couldn’t stay away. I knew you’d return. Even though you deny who you are.”

Heart beats scudded through my chest. “Who am I?”
“There are no accidents in this life. There is just denial. And you came by your own desire to the carriage.”

I originally got this book since it was a freebie on Amazon and did not know what to expect. Once I read the description, I was a little bit intrigued. Horror book named Dollhouse about disappearing girls in the woods? Ummm yes please!!

But as I started reading the book, it has become so much more than a story to be excited about. I was actually creeped out. And that says a lot since I was reading it on my phone in a very well lit cubicle. Usually I don’t care much about creepy dolls and marionettes but when you put the setting in the middle of the forest, underground dungeon that has ghosts and shadows of ancient creatures, it would play with anyone’s nerves.

Rating: 5 Stars!


Content: Clean


Source: Amazon


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  1. Carmen Brack says:

    I also got this one when it was free and I’m so glad you liked it! I’m not easily creeped out but dolls and marionettes pretty much top my creepy list. I also like that it seems to be a bit paranoia inducing! Great review – I’ll have to nudge it up a couple spots on my TBR list.