Tuesday, June 10, 2014
The Doll Maker by Majanka Verstraete
*This is the first in a three-part blog tour for the Weirdville series! Come back on the 12th and 14th to read more reviews!*
When I was a kid, we had the Mr. Midnight books. Stories like The Demon Dentist, My Handphone is Haunted, etc all stared Singaporean kids (well, they had Singaporean names) and the familiar sounding names and environments made them scary. I was reminded of this series (minus the Singaporean aspect) when I read the Weirdville series - starting with The Doll Maker.
In The Doll Maker, Derek's sister gets a new, creepy doll. Derek can tell something's not right with the doll - or the doll shop, but none of the grown ups will listen to him. To make things worse, after a trip to the shop with his friends Martin and Jamie, Martin buys a doll and falls starts of loose his memory. So it's up to Derek and Jamie to find out what's going on and fix everything.
Although this book is rather short, since it's a kid's book, it packs a punch. The characters are well-sketched out and the doll maker is creepy. In fact, the book even contains a plot twist, which I did not see coming. I may be well-above the age of the target audience, but I was definitely scared for a little while. Thankfully, the way the ending was written helped to negate that a bit (at least, I didn't have any nightmares).
If you know a child that loves being scared, or that loves horror stories, then give them this book. It's not too long, and it will probably send chills downs your back for a little while.
Disclaimer: I got this book for free as part of Enchanted blog tours in exchange for a free and honest review.
ETA: Read my second and third reviews of House of Horrors and Fright Train respectively!