Olivia is excited for university. She will be on her own, in a new place hopeful to meet new friends.
On the night she moves in, she is taken off the street by two masked men. She is placed in a room which is little more than a cell. A pink cell. A room made for a doll. She is now part of their collection.
Doll House is definitely a disturbing book. If I rated it solely on how disturbing it is, I would give it 5 stars hands down. Unfortunately, I can’t do that. I can say I’m glad I read it AFTER I sent my daughter off to college.
Olivia’s story of survival and the aftermath is heartbreaking. She’s definitely a strong woman. What she’s been through is horrific and her responses to things are horrific. I’m not sure I could have survived what she did. This story does a good job of giving the reader an idea of what a survivor can go through during something like this and after.
While I understand the author’s need to show how the trauma has affected everyone involved, there are parts of the story where I wanted to say, just get on with it. That could be my own impatience, but I found a good portion of the book slow moving and, for lack of another way to say it, boring. But again, that is probably just my own impatience, so you should probably not take that into consideration if you are trying to decide to read it.
Overall, this wasn’t a bad book, maybe it just wasn’t for me, but I didn’t love it. I enjoyed the twists in it. I appreciated the look inside the mind of a trauma survivor. I wasn’t super surprised by the ending, I had an idea of things, but nothing definite.