Happy publication day, Emma Pullar! I am delighted to be kicking off the ‘Paper Dolls’ blog tour today, many thanks to Heather and BloodHoundBooks for the tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:
When a bizarre set of murders take place in London, three flatmates become embroiled in the terrifying mystery.
Mike, Beatrice and Kerri all share a flat and a passion to move their careers forward. When Mike, a frustrated mime in Trafalgar Square, lays eyes on performance artist Princess, his world begins to unravel. Meanwhile, Kerri is struggling to hold onto her job as a journalist, when she stumbles across a body, which turns out to be the third victim of the Paper Doll Killer. Beatrice, who was once a bestselling author, looks to the series of murders for inspiration but finds a lot more than she bargained for.
As the three flatmates discover they each have links to the killer they start to turn on one another. Who might be next? Why does the killer paint the victim’s cheeks and lips with blood? What purpose do the paper dolls serve?
As the deranged Paper Doll Killer continues to stalk the streets of London there’s only one question that needs to be answered … is anyone safe?
What does TWG think?
Whatever you do, don’t judge this book by the opening chapter. Hear me out a second; the opening chapter isn’t bad at all, it is just extremely dark and circumstantially graphic. I have seen on social media that people struggled with the graphic nature of the beginning of the book, but in all honesty, when a subject contains a theme which goes on in the outside world, wouldn’t you rather the author be realistic? It’s a theme which can devastate lives, or warrant copious amounts of therapy. It isn’t a theme which can be glossed off with rainbows and glitter. So yes, be prepared to have your eyes opened, but don’t judge the entire book on it because, if you were in the position of the characters the author was describing at the start, you would feel a lot worse than discomfort at the black and white descriptions. Again, yes, I am speaking from experience.
‘Paper Dolls’ is very, very clever. The storyline is very dark and mysterious, yet its evident that the author did her research when it came to the main themes of book. I had no idea of the complexity behind certain situations and without sounding like a wuss, they unnerved me at times because I had no idea what the characters were capable of. Hell, I don’t think they even knew what they were capable of.
Mike, Kerri and Bea are so very different, and it was interesting watching their journeys unfold as the storyline progressed. I thought that the split narrative was very in keeping with the nature of the book, and I thought that it allowed the suspense to grow with every new chapter. Personally, I wasn’t too keen on the ending as I felt as though I finished the book with a massive question mark looming over my head.
Emma Pullar has written a very intriguing, well thought out, dark and vice like novel – I thoroughly enjoyed the uniqueness of the book. If you’re looking for something different and intense, I cannot recommend ‘Paper Dolls’ enough.
About the author.
Emma Pullar is an award-winning and bestselling writer of dark fiction and children’s books. Her picture book, Curly from Shirley, was a national bestseller and named best opening lines by NZ Post. Her second picture book, Kitty Stuck, was illustrated by her talented daughter who was just twelve-years-old at the time. Four of Emma’s short stories have been published. Her dystopian duology, Skeletal and Avian, are popular with fans of the genre and Emma’s crime debut is out March 2019. She also writes articles for Bang2write and dabbles in screenwriting. Find her on Twitter @EmmaStoryteller or Instagram @emmapullar_storyteller or http://www.emmapullar,com.