The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal
Title: The Doll Factory
Author: Elizabeth Macneal
Release Date: August 13, 2019
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
❥Synopsis: Obsession is an art.
In this “sharp, scary, gorgeously evocative tale of love, art, and obsession” (Paula Hawkins, bestselling author of The Girl on the Train), a beautiful young woman aspires to be an artist, while a man’s dark obsession may destroy her world forever.
In 1850s London, the Great Exhibition is being erected in Hyde Park and, among the crowd watching the dazzling spectacle, two people meet by happenstance. For Iris, an arrestingly attractive aspiring artist, it is a brief and forgettable moment but for Silas, a curiosity collector enchanted by all things strange and beautiful, the meeting marks a new beginning.
When Iris is asked to model for Pre-Raphaelite artist Louis Frost, she agrees on the condition that he will also teach her to paint. Suddenly, her world begins to expand beyond her wildest dreams—but she has no idea that evil is waiting in the shadows. Silas has only thought of one thing since that chance meeting, and his obsession is darkening by the day.
❥My Review: I’ve only recently started reading historical victorian novels, and they’ve quickly become a preferred genre for me. The Doll Factory is no exception. It is phenomenal.
Didn’t really know what to expect going in. It blew me away.. extremely chilling, super gothic feel.
Set in 1850 London, a novel about obsession, art, twisted beliefs.. tragedy. And much much more.
You meet several characters whom you learn a lot of along the way, but the ending was a bit of a cliff hanger for me, and having gotten to know so many characters I wondered what happened to many of them.. that ‘closure’ piece was missing for sure.
I haven’t heard of a sequel, but you never know.. I really enjoyed this novel, and I think if I were to reread it a second time.. a lot more details would fall into place much better.
So to round up.. it’s scary in a good way. And I totally recommend it!
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