5 out of 5 Stars
Joyce Parker takes her daughter Taylor on a vacation, and one of their stops is a strange island in Mexico called The Island of the Dolls. Hundreds of dolls hang from the trees in various states of decomposition. Their tour guide tells the story of a little girl who drowned on the island and the man—who also drowned—who built the shrine of dolls for the little girl. Then he warns them not to touch any of the dolls before letting them look around the island.
Strange things begin happening once Joyce and Taylor return home, all surrounding the dolls and the island. When Taylor begins acting weird and talking to new imaginary friends, Joyce digs into the legends surrounding the shrine on the island and doesn’t like what she finds. One of the dolls from the shrine shows up in Taylor’s room, and there is only one thing left for Joyce to do to return things to normal: she has to return to the island and put the doll back in its place.
The Doll is a horror novella that will leave you with a distrust for dolls, and perhaps swimming. The story is creepy, the dolls even more so. The events that occur once Joyce and Taylor return home will leave you guessing as to what is going on and what is going to happen, but there will be no doubt they are all related to The Island of the Dolls. The ending to the story—which I won’t give away—is definitely freaky.
Although I found a bunch of editing mistakes, mostly tense changes, I was so wrapped up in the plot I was able to overlook all of that. The story is otherwise well written. It’s been a while since I enjoyed a good horror story. This one definitely fit the bill. I’d recommend it for any horror fan, and I would definitely read more by this author.