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The Doll Factory

Auteur(s): Elizabeth Macneal
Narrateur(s): Tuppence Middleton
Durée: 10 h et 54 min
3.5 out of 5 stars (3 évaluations)

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Description

In this "sharp, scary, gorgeously evocative tale of love, art, and obsession" (Paula Hawkins, best-selling 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.

"A page-turning psychological thriller" (Essie Fox, author of The Somnambulist) that will haunt you long after you finish it, The Doll Factory is perfect for fans of The Alienist, Drood, and The Historian.

©2019 Elizabeth Macneal (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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    3 out of 5 stars

Detailed and graphic

Liked: the author is talented in the amount if details used throughout the story. It makes you feel like you’re actually part if the story and makes the story believable. Very smart writing style.

Didn’t like: a little too graphic for my taste.

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    2 out of 5 stars

Eh...

Yeah, this was not what I expected. I had anticipated something a bit more mysterious, a bit more of a thriller, and yeah, there was a thriller aspect near the end, but... It was very much general fiction, with a big ol' romance plot and a hearty dose of "Me Too" thrown in.
So about that. It was definitely timely and topical, and it didn't feel entirely shoehorned in (it wasn't altogether anachronistic feeling, which was a feat), so, kudos, but... it was not what I was expecting. The killer was a caricature of toxic masculinity, he read like a deranged incel, and it was very hard to take. Like, I know there are people who think that way, but it just seemed so over the top and unbelievable that I found myself cringing.
The other thing was, while the main character was fairly well fleshed-out, the secondary characters, including the villain and the love interest, were not. At all. It was a little disappointing. The only other character that was really focused, by the end of it, you wonder why, as they ended up not being very integral to the plot. No spoilers, but that whole side plot was a huge downer.
If you're into historical fiction and don't mind florid love scenes, go for it. If you're looking for a mystery, maybe give this one a miss.
The narrator did a fine job, though, so points for that!

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  • Ronda
  • 2019-08-24

A slow start- keep with it

The beginning of the book goes very slowly. I almost quit. I’m glad I stuck with it. The plot is not original, and at times it’s very scattered and can’t decide what story it is telling. Halfway through it gets its legs and tells the story. I enjoyed the ending. I liked the main character.

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  • Lynne S Adams
  • 2019-08-15

Quite awful

I read a really good review of the doll factory so stuck with it all the way through

What a dreadful, hot mess.


Quite awful

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