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Catherine Howard is an auction evaluator who gets a chance at a treasure trove from the estate of M.H. Mason, master taxidermist and collector of dolls and puppets. But from the moment Catherine sees Red House and meets reclusive heir Edith Mason, she knows something is wrong. What Catherine doesn't realize is that it might all tie in with her own past and psychological problems. Nevill's (The Ritual; Last Days) language has a formal feel, which suits the trapped-in-amber Victorian mood of the Mason house and its creepy antique dolls and even creepier occupants. VERDICT From its gothic haunted house beginnings, written exceedingly well, the book evokes feelings of tension and dread in readers. But this meticulous scene-setting gets a little muddled as the story spirals to a deeper level of violence and Catherine begins to doubt what she sees around her. Fans of horror writers Ramsey Campbell and Richard Laymon might enjoy this.