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The remoter parts of the English Fens are forlorn, lost and damp even in the height of summer. At Lyot Lock, a large decaying house, two young cousins, Leonora and Edward are parked for the summer with their ageing spinster aunt and her cruel housekeeper. At first the unpleasantness and petty meanness’s appear simply spiteful, calculated to destroy Edward's equanimity. But when spoilt Leonora is not given the birthday present of a specific dolly that she wants, affairs inexorably take a much darker turn with terrifying, life-destroying, consequences for everyone.

©2012 Long Barn Books Ltd (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Cherie
  • 04-28-14

Amazing ! you have to read

What made the experience of listening to Dolly the most enjoyable?

The reader enhanced the text and encouraged powerful images

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dolly?

the description of the dolls

What does Cameron Stewart bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

the anticipation in his voice, plays out the text in a way that you would not expect

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

close to the end when the book was leading to the climax

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Susan Hill is an amazingly beautiful writer and Cameron Stewart brought the words to life

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  • Kaggy
  • 12-10-17

An uncomfortable story in more ways than one

Susan Hill is a fine writer of ghost fiction and the atmosphere and telling of this story set in the bleak windswept fens is up to her usual high standard. What let this down for me was the portrayal of Leonora as an arch villainess with no redeeming features (all bit lazy and one dimensional) and the use of sick children as objects of horror made me uncomfortable. I appreciate imposing boundaries in this type of fiction can be very difficult and I suppose this is just one that over-stepped the mark for me. Cameron Stewart is a very fine narrator with a voice like velvet but I think he should stick with male characters as his females sounded a bit ‘dameish’ in this production.

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  • Ova
  • 11-10-17

Perfect Ghost Story

I really loved this. Perfect ghost story comes back and forth in time, and although felt sad for the character, liked the ending. Would love to read more about this dolls and their origin..

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  • Heisenberg
  • 03-03-17

Excellent gothic ghost story.

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I really enjoyed this ghost story, with a very gothic feel. Set in the fens, it has a wonderful atmosphere, is well read and was just the right length to listen to in one longish car journey.

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  • valleyofthedolls
  • 05-22-16

Great chilling story

Susan hill is a great story teller. Well told and chilling. Nicely woven story. Well narrated

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  • janien
  • 12-19-17

Creepy!

creepy novella about an abandoned doll that years later causes strange goings ons within the family of the previous owner. Spine tingling, gothic fun read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-15-17

Dolly


Not as good as woman in black not sure if this was a ghost story or voodoo

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