Deadlocked Dollhouse

Locked House Hauntings, Book 1
Narrated by: Joe Hempel
Series: Locked House Hauntings, Book 1
Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
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A cursed dollhouse. Seven stages until murder. What can this father do?

Mark's always been a bit insecure as a father; his own childhood sucked. He's been terrified he will ruin his perfect daughters. So he buys them presents and hopes he won't screw them up.

They certainly won't forget this dollhouse.

He doesn't know how to stop it, and all he wanted to do was be a good father. He was worried they'd grow up to hate him; now he's worried they won't grow up at all.

You'll love this terrifying countdown. Can he stop himself?

Try Mixi J Applebottom's latest novel.

©2017 Mixi J Applebottom (P)2018 Mixi J Applebottom
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Creepy!

Mike doesn't want to end up like his father, and tries his best with his girls and his wife. But it's hard when money is so tight! That's why he couldn't believe his luck when he found an amazing doll house in a second hand store and brings it home to his girls. But strange things start happening and Mike needs to find out why before it's too late!

This is the first book I've read by this author and it definitely won't be my last!! It's a pretty short read, but it's also very fast paced and very creepy. The plot was intriguing and entertaining. I liked how we see how the doll house was built and how it sets the scene for what's to come. It helped add to the tension. I also loved how we have a certain timeline and as it's being counted down, it made me read quicker to see what happens!!

It was so easy to like Mike and his family. I felt for Mike! His own childhood was horrible and all he wanted was to be a good father and husband, but he doubts himself all the time. When he sees the dollhouse, he is thrilled to be able to get something so beautiful for his girls. To see what his family goes through was heartbreaking.

In all, this was a great read and an even better introduction to this author. I will never look at a doll house the same again!

Joe Hempel is a masterful storyteller. When he is reading horror (or any other genre), he always manages to convey the creepy atmosphere perfectly and brings every book he reads to life. He is a narrator I always recommend and always will.

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Fantastic Story!!!

I received this audio book for free in exchange for my honest review. I loved this story. Both the writing and narration are equally superb. You don't want to miss this one.

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I really wanted some ice cream after this

This was like the dibbuk box story, but much better and in a doll house. This story started out really quick and didn’t let up until the end. A rush of seven different stages of a curse that get worse with each stage. As each new stage unfolds you get sucked deeper into the emotional despair and physical abuse that the family Is dealing with. Each little broken bone and bloody nose just pushes you further and further towards the edge of your seat. This story is full of tension and anxiety and I couldn’t stop listening. The further I got into the story the more I felt for the family and their plight.

As a family man, any kind of tragic family story always cause me immediate distress. A father with a bad upbringing trying to raise his daughters better than he was raised is a great plot line that any parent can sympathize with. Unfortunately, it doesn’t turn out the way Mark planned. Mark is really a solid character and I sympathized with him. His attempt to get his wife on board felt like the author knew how my family life was. Seemed like she was sitting in my kitchen taking notes.

Joe Hempel did a fantastic job. His ability to bring the words to life and really make you feel them is second to none. The tension he brings to this story was perfect and definitely increased my blood pressure while listening. Joe is truly the voice of horror. First book I've listened to by Mixi J. Applebottom and it won't be the last. Excited to see what is next in this series.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Good curse story.

Not a bad story, fairly typical but still good. Mark a struggling father and husband tries to provide for his family. Unable to afford much he visits a thrift store looking for a new bike seat for his daughter. In the store he locates a beautiful intricately made dollhouse for the affordable price of $5. Shortly after purchasing the house strange thing begin happen. After some research he learns the house has a curse made up of seven stages. As he begins to experience these he frantically tries to solve the curse before he kills his family. A pretty good ending that I didn’t find predictable. I look forward to the next book in the series. I received a free review copy of this book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Narration was fabulous!!

I liked this audio. I always seem to find myself wanting to listen to Joe Hempel’s narration. He always tells a fantastic story! I’m not sure which I prefer, his romance side or the dark and sinister sides. He’s so strong when reading both. Just like I’d expect with Mr. Hempel, this narration was fabulous!!

The story was just ok. Some parts made me roll my eyes a bit with more humor than any kind of fear brought on by the story. Although, this author is new to me. Mixi J. Applebottom tells an interesting story and I actually like the idea behind it. But the main curse story seemed a bit weak to me. Also, I never understood how Beth never succumbed to the same behaviors. I think if I had a bit more explanations, I’d have enjoyed it to the full 5 star rating.

I received complimentary copy of this audiobook with the hope that I would leave an Unbiased Opinion. I was not required to leave a review, positive or otherwise, and my opinions are just that... my opinions.

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Excellent creepy supernatural tale. must listen

I am very much looking forward to more from Mixi J. Applebottom. This was a great, creep tale. Very reminiscent of some great classic 70's horror stories. The style of writing is very similar to Ambrose Ibsen, one of my favorites, and the fact that it is narrated by Joe Hempel just made that connection clearer. The story is taut and finely paced. The protaganist and antagonist are both well defined. There is a good mystery to the story with a nice history. Very well written supernatural tale. Highly recommend.

Mr. Hempel does it again. By far, one of my favorites. He just has the grasp on the every-man and has a way about defining the angst and anxiety of a man scared to death and searching for answers.

I requested a free review copy of this audiobook and i am leaving an honest and voluntary review.

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Doll house

This is an amazing audio book, this is the first book of Mixi’s I’ve listened and if the rest are like this one then I’m a fan for life. Superb performance by Joe Hempel

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Watch out for this doll house . . .

This was great! I loved both the story and the narration. I've never read anything by Mixi Applebottom before, but will certainly be checking out her other work. Oddly, having a haunted dollhouse is something my son and I have been joking about for a couple of years, so I was really happy to see the theme actually done. It did not disappoint.

The narration by Joe Hempel was flawless, as usual. He can make a mediocre book of this genre into a five star listen. This time, though, the story was good in its own right.

I received a promotional copy of this book for free at my request, but this review is totally voluntary.

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You try to do the right thing & then THIS happens!

Loved how the father just wanted to be a good dad to his kids. Then comes the dollhouse. Seems like the perfect gift for daughters, right? What little girl doesn't love dollhouses? Well, maybe not this one! :) Gets and stays very creepy and errie, and I really loved the story and narration! Hope to listen to more by both author and narrator :) Excellent job, I loved it!
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Creepy but not scary

Mike just wants to provide for his family and be a good father. Definitely a better father than his. He finds this perfect little dollhouse at a thrift store for almost nothing, and buys it for his girls. Shortly afterwards strange things start happening and it seems that there is no way of escaping the curse put on the dollhouse.

This was an entertaining book. It’s clear from the start where the problem resides, and the reader witnesses each character’s irremediable decline. I think it would have worked better if the characters were a bit more developed. It was easy to connect with Mike, but more character development would have made me care more about him and his family.

There are some creepy scenes but overall I didn’t find the book really scary. It was a bit predictable, and I would have liked more character development and more details. I think I would have enjoyed it as a longer and more polished book.

Joe Hempel, as always, did an excellent job narrating the story and bringing the characters to life. The book was made better by the narration, since Hempel is great at creating the right atmosphere for this kind of stories. Hempel gave each character a voice and a distinctive style, creating the illusion of having several real people.

I received a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

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  • J Smith
  • 12-07-19

Creepy and intense

Really enjoyable listen. Pretty creepy story that’s intense throughout.
Really well narrated by Joe and definitely worth a listen.
This is my honest opinion of a free review copy.

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  • Karen
  • 07-28-18

Great

I've always wanted a dolls house, now I'm kinda glad I've never had one

I loved this story, it draws you in and has an unexpected heroine.

A must for fans of horror/fantasy. Will definitely be purchasing book 2

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