Thank you to Faber&Faber for the blog tour invite and a proof copy of the book. Here is my review:
My name is Ruby. I live with Barbara and Mick. They’re not my real parents, but they tell me what to do, and what to say. I’m supposed to say that the bruises on my arms and the black eye came from falling down the stairs.
But there are things I won’t say. I won’t tell them I’m going to hunt for my real parents. I don’t say a word about Shadow, who sits on the stairs, or the Wasp Lady I saw on the way to bed.
I did tell Mick that I saw the woman in the buttercup dress, hanging upside down from her seat belt deep in the forest at the back of our house. I told him I saw death crawl out of her. He said he’d give me a medal for lying.
I wasn’t lying. I’m a hunter for lost souls and I’m going to be with my real family. And I’m not going to let Mick stop me.
What does TWG think?
Good golly!!! Where do I even begin?!
You’ve got to agree with me that the title of this book is extremely intriguing, right?! As soon as I received the e-mail alerting me to this book, I knew straight away that with a title like ‘The Doll Funeral’, the storyline wasn’t going to be all unicorns and rainbows. Well, not that it took much to work that out but you know what I mean.
As a new author for me to read, I was looking forward to seeing how Kate Hamer executed her words – especially seeing as this was the very first time I had heard of her!
Within the first couple of pages, it soon became clear that ‘The Doll Funeral’ was exceptionally dark and twisted. Ruby has been living a lie for so long and, seeing as she now knows the ‘truth’, Ruby decides enough is enough and attempts to find the light in her life.
Unfortunately for Ruby though, things aren’t quite that simple – especially given the fact that Ruby can see a lot more than she lets on. No, really…
I have to say that Kate Hamer certainly knows how to reel her readers in! Even when I found myself reading parts of the book through my fingers, it was the authors execution of the storyline which became an addiction. Being totally truthful, I found a lot of the story quite difficult to read in terms of its theme and overall presence. However, I fully appreciated the authors literary talent throughout the entire novel.
Despite not being a huge fan of paranormal experiences, I couldn’t help but be curious where Ruby was concerned.
‘The Doll Funeral’ is not for the faint hearted at all but, due to the authors incredible writing skills, I was able to engage with the storyline a lot more than I had originally thought. Very cleverly written.