Wednesday, 21 November 2018

The Doll Collector by Joanna Stephen-Ward - Blog Tour

Murders that look like accidents. An accident that looks like murder.
A couple and their young son burn to death in a house fire.

A girl dies from a nut allergy.

A woman falls under a train during the rush hour.

An accountant falls down the steps to his basement.

Their deaths appear to be accidents but Gloria knows they were murdered because she murdered them. And every time Gloria kills she buys a doll.

But how many dolls will she need to keep her satisfied? 

When Gloria takes a room as a lodger her behaviour starts to spin out of control. Gloria wants love and happiness and friendship and she will do anything she can to get what she wants...

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Author Bio

Joanna Stephen-Ward was born in the Australian outback, and grew up in Melbourne. Her school days were spent dreaming about being an opera singer or a writer. To the exasperation of her parents and teachers she spent her final year sitting at the back of the classroom writing a novel set in WW2.
When she left school she went to an opera school where she was taught drama, movement and language pronunciation and had small roles in the workshop productions. She was not good enough to become a professional opera singer, but the seeds of her novel Vissi d'arte were sown.
She left Australia and spent a year travelling around Europe and the UK. While working in outpatients for the NHS she met Peter and they married in 1985. They lived in Richmond Surrey and she worked at The National Archives, an enthralling place for anyone interested in history or crime.
Having been brought up as a lonely only child, she was astonished to discover in 2010 that she was one of eight children. She and her sister had last been together on a verandah in the outback when they were babies. They had a joyous reunion in Cornwall in 2012.
Joanna has written seven novels and is working on her eighth. Social Media Links Twitter Goodreads Blog My Review This was a bit of a mixed read for me. I loved the premise of the book and it was well written. Joanna Stephen-Ward has a great way of writing characters. I found Gloria to be a deeply disturbed individual and her new landlord, Maurice, was a massive push-over, I wanted to give him a good shake at some points while reading!

I would have to liked to have seen the dolls feature more at the forefront of the story. It was this part of the blurb that caught my eye and made me want to read, so that was a little disappointing. That being said I couldn't put this story down and read it quite quickly.

Gloria was a great baddie and I enjoyed reading her thoughts about why she was doing what she was doing. I always like finding out what is going on in a killers head. I loved the parts when she was speaking to the dolls and would have liked more of them.

The secondary story running throughout the book was really good. It gave an extra layer to the story, and explained a little of why Maurice acted the way he did. He has had a tough time and sees Gloria moving in as a way to help him solve his problems. Little does he know!

I don't want to give too much away but the ending, to me, was just the right way for this novel to finish. 

Overall I enjoyed 'The Doll Collector' and would be interested in reading more of Joanna Stephen-Ward's work.

Thank you to Emma from Bloodhound Books for inviting me to take part on this blog tour. To find out what others thought follow the rest of blog tour, dates and bloggers below.


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