THE DOLL FUNERAL by Kate Hamer
Melville House
4 star cupMy Highly Caffeinated Thought: A darkly atmospheric novel about the bonds of family all the while pushing past the boundaries of what happens after death.

Truth time. THE DOLL FUNERAL is one of those books that you will either like, not finish, or dislike. I have heard a lot of mixed reactions to the book from other readers, but personally, I am glad that I finished it. I will not lie though. In the beginning, I was a bit confused and almost put the book down. However, I hate to quit on an author that I have liked in the past, so I plugged through and the ending was my reward. 

The Doll Funeral Instagram

What I loved about this book is the tone and the peculiarity of the story. The way that the author untangles the history of all those involved in Ruby’s life creates the suspense. This book is not your typical psychological thriller. Though it does have some mind games going on, the questions and tension in the book come from Ruby and her interactions with all those in her life. It is with this young teenage girl that we are able to find out what really happened as well as peel back the veil of the afterlife.

For what it is worth, I liked the book. It took a bit of time to get into, yes. Yet, at the end, I was touched by Ruby’s journey. It reminded me that sometimes the bonds we have with are family and loved ones don’t go away…even after death.

Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher and TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.


Plot Summary:

On Ruby’s thirteenth birthday, a wish she didn’t even know she had suddenly comes true: the couple who raised her aren’t her parents at all. Her real mother and father are out there somewhere, and Ruby becomes determined to find them.
 
Venturing into the forest with nothing but a suitcase and the company of her only true friend—the imaginary Shadow Boy—Ruby discovers a group of siblings who live alone in the woods. The children take her in, and while they offer the closest Ruby’s ever had to a family, Ruby begins to suspect that they might need her even more than she needs them. And it’s not always clear what’s real and what’s not—or who’s trying to help her and who might be a threat.
 
Told from shifting timelines, and the alternating perspectives of teenage Ruby; her mother, Anna; and even the Shadow Boy, The Doll Funeral is a dazzling follow-up to Kate Hamer’s breakout debut, The Girl in the Red Coat, and a gripping, exquisitely mysterious novel about the connections that remain after a family has been broken apart.

Add to Goodreads

Find the book at Amazon, Books-A-Million, and Barnes & Noble.

The Doll Funeral and Girl in the Red Coat Instagram

About the Author: Kate won the Rhys Davies short story prize in 2011 and the story was broadcast on BBC Radio 4, she also has short stories published in anthologies such as ‘A Fiction Map of Wales’ and ‘New Welsh Short Stories’. She’s written articles and reviews for 'The Independent', 'The Sunday Mail' and 'The New York Times'. Kate grew up in the West Country and Pembrokeshire and now lives with her husband in Cardiff.


Book Details:

Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Melville House (August 15, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1612196659
ISBN-13: 978-1612196657

 

LATEST BLOG POST

Welcome to the Highly Caffeinated Crazy!

For those of you who don’t know me from my former blog Art, Books, & Coffee, let me give you a little background on the crazy that is my world. I am a graphic designer/artist, author, avid reader, and coffee addict. The statement “add coffee for instant human” was invented for me. Trust me…you don’t want to know me without coffee in my system.

Read more:

LATEST BOOK REVIEW

Book Review for GARDEN OF LAMENTATIONS by Deborah Crombie

GARDEN OF LAMENTATIONS by Deborah CrombieSeries: Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James Novels (Book 17)  William Morrow Paperbacks  My Highly Caffeinated Thought: An in-depth mystery with complicated webs of lies, secrets, and murder.  GARDEN OF LAMENTATIONS is the 17th book in the Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James series. Though this book is the first I have ever read by the author, I have heard good things about the previous novels. I will be honest with you all, there is a lot going on in this story. Sometimes things got a bit confusing and I had to go back and read a passage or two in order to regain the plot.

Read more:

ART NEWS

Cultivating a Creative Culture

I recently had the chance to read Justin Dauer’s latest book CULTIVATING A CREATIVE CULTURE. The book centers around the premise that when dealing with employees having a human first attitude is key, especially creatives. By having an environment that is more open to embracing the person with all that they offer rather than filling the position, you may be surprised at what you get in return.

Read more:

 

SIGN UP FOR VICTORIA'S NEWSLETTER.

Don't worry we will never sell or share your information.