The Doll’s House
by Louise Phillips
We’ve heard it said that all good writing comes from good reading. If this is the case then all you Carousel Writers need to take a leaf out of my notebook and read Louise Phillips latest novel The Doll’s House…
The last twenty pages of The Doll’s House by Louise Phillips are a killer. The conflict between longing to prolong this excellent novel, and the desperation of finding out what was to happen and why, is agonising. The characters became a part of my life for days and I know that I will carry their stories around with me for a long time to come.
In the opening line, Phillips prepares us for the strangeness of an ordinary life which is to become extraordinary. Our introduction to Clodagh brings the reader up close and personal with her. We admire her and want to admonish her in the same breath but the overall feeling is a wish to protect her. The first meeting with the murderer immediately brings us into his mixed up head. Phillips words are sparse and effective. Nothing is wasted.
Making the spine tingling journey through The Doll’s House with criminal psychologist Dr. Kate Pearson and DI O’Connor, brought me back to their explosive contribution to this author’s first book Red Ribbons.
I said that Phillip’s debut novel was thrilling; promising a long line of bestselling crime writing ahead. I didn’t lie. This delivers.
Louise is always wonderfully supportive to writers and has been particularly supportive to me and to Carousel Writers’ Centre.
I wish her all the very best with this Killer of a thriller!