The Doll Funeral

The Doll Funeral

by Kate Hamer


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ISBN-13: 9781612196657
Publisher: Melville House Publishing
Publication date: 08/15/2017
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,216,876
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Kate Hamer is the author of The Girl in the Red Coat, which was a Costa First Novel Award finalist, a Dagger Award finalist, an Amazon Best Book of the Year 2016 and a winner of the ELLE Lettres Readers' Prize. She lives in Cardiff, Wales, with her husband and two children.

Born and raised in Southampton, England, Shaun Grindell is an accomplished actor who trained at the Calland School of Speech and Drama and the Lee Strasberg Actors Institute in London. An AudioFile Earphones Award-winning audiobook narrator, Shaun has narrated many titles in different genres.

Emma Powell is an experienced voice-over artist who has performed for some of the world's most renowned theater companies (including RSC, Almeida, and the National Theatre) and voiced characters for BBC radio dramas as well as countless audiobooks, corporate projects, games, and ads.

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The Doll Funeral 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Favorite Quotes: I’d always been a scavenger of small things. The glittering dust mote I reached up and tried to grab. The layers of shadow in the corner like piled clothes on a chair. Sliding my hands under rugs for what might be living there. Grubbing in the dirt for treasure. You’re like a Christmas cracker… No, don’t be offended. It’s just like you have a weird toy inside. Not even her mother warned her properly about this. What was this conspiracy of silence among women when the subject came up? You knew by the way their eyes slid away from you there was something they weren’t telling. Now Anna knows what it is, she’s being initiated. There were so many pale kids in the house I remembered it as a nest of worms. My mother came. I tell myself now she might have died because of having me, but that’s not the same as being responsible for her death. It gives me a lightness of feeling knowing that and knowing how she loved me as best she could. After all, she came back for me… She still came for me, even though she was dead. My Review: If like me, you read the author’s previous book, The Girl and the Red Coat, and had firmly set your mind to expect something similar with The Doll Funeral, I would advise you to stop that silly thought train right now, or you will be disappointed and miss out on a gem of a tale. They are significantly different books, although both were extremely well-written and suspensefully eerie mysteries. Once I wrapped my head around my foolish misconception and freed myself of my errant assumptions and expectations, I enjoyed and appreciated The Doll Funeral for the exceptionally well-crafted and brilliant story it was. Written from a dual POV with two different timelines, the story was intriguing, heart-squeezing, and an engrossing page-turner. For the longest time, I could not decide if Ruby was gifted or crazy, or if the people she had befriended were alive or dead, or good or bad. The storyline occasionally seemed to toss in a few erratic threads, although those odd little nuggets ingeniously dovetailed back together to weave a surprisingly rich tapestry at the conclusion. Kate Hamer is a cunning and wily wordsmith.