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The Doll Factory
The Doll Factory: A Novel | Elizabeth Macneal
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CindyMyLifeIsLit
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A very creepy Victorian thriller! I haven‘t found too many stories from that time period that actually have me on the edge of my seat, but this one did. Highly recommended!

Alfoster Yes! Loved it too!❤️👏 5mo
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Cazxxx
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Mehso-so

A creepy gothic tale about obsession, good but not great. Wasn‘t too keen on the writing style and it seemed rushed in places
3 star

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TheEllieMo
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it, I just do. Some will be old, some will be new. Don‘t judge me - I have a lot of books. Join the fun if you want.
This is day 145
#BooksToRead #TBRPile #TBRMountain

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Birdsong28
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Good. Even though at times the writing was a bit disjointed and rushed I felt immersed in Victorian London and that made the story so interesting.

#Picador
#PanMacmillan

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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This was okay. I didn't love it as much as I thought I would though.

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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I'm going to read this one instead.

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rmaclean4
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Mehso-so

Great setting, gothic read that was suspenseful and reminded me of Sweeney Todd at times. Read for a book club. 3 🌟

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Balibee146
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Next up and hoping this is as engrossing as my last read 📖

#currentlyreading

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vlwelser
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This is just a tiny bit creepy. Iris is an aspiring artist. Silas is a curiosity collector (what we would call a taxidermist). When Silas becomes obsessed with Iris, the feeling isn't mutual. She barely notices him. This is really about obsession.

#BookSpinBingo square 5
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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Caroline2
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I love popping into random secondhand shops while on holiday and searching for new books! I got these for 50p each! It‘s been a raining down down in the New Forest so these defo cheered me up! 😁 📚 #bookhaul

squirrelbrain Wow great finds! 2y
Ruthiella Nice haul! 😀 2y
Cathythoughts Excellent haul ! Excellent price ❤️ 2y
rachelm Just finished three women!! It is incredible 2y
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KirstyReading
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Time to get lost in the 1850s with Elizabeth Macneal beautiful book The dolls Factory.

Who else has read this one? 😊😊

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Helen19
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Increasingly #nefarious activity from one of the characters in this dark Victorian historical novel. #beautifulwords

OriginalCyn620 Sounds good! 2y
Helen19 @OriginalCyn620 I did really enjoy this one! 2y
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mollyk
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Nope. Too dark.

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Forgetmenot
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This is probably the first book I have wanted to read while also needing to have my eyes shut to some of the scenes being described. iris has a huge strength of character throughout the book and grasped what she wanted from life without conforming to the expected. The characters come alive and you live some and hate some in equal measure. Definitely worth the read and opens up discussion

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Come-read-with-me
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Art, beauty, obsession, and cruelty. Those are the main themes of this disturbing mystery. There were elements is the story I thought were really good - a strong MC with a heartbreaking back story and an antagonist with an unhealthy, but understandable, preoccupation with all things unusual. The interaction between the characters was compelling, but left me feeling very uncomfortable. Overall an interesting read that gives you food for thought.

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abookishbutterfly
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Book: (The) Doll Factory
Author: Deborah Heiligman
Movie or show: District 9
Singer or band: Dar Williams
Song: Disarm by Smashing Pumpkins

#manicmonday #letterd @JoScho

JoScho Thanks for playing 🤗💚 2y
Leftcoastzen Love Dar! 2y
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LaurenELovesToRead
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Morbid and dark yet also alluring, this novel feels like a twisted fairy tale; It is written with so much colour and life even in inanimate objects, and though some elements are disturbing (*cough* Silas *cough*) I really did enjoy this book.

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gemmorrr
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World Book Day Finds from the beautiful city of York 😍📖 Happy World Book Day, bookworms! #WorldBookDay #VisitingYork #BookAndAPint #MyBoyfriendJudgedMeForTakingThisPhoto

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Verity
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Creepy, atmospheric and not entirely my sort of book but very well written. I found the juxtaposition between the two threads annoying more than anything else and I wanted a more definite resolution but that‘s fairly common with me. I was much more interested in one side of the story than the other and that influenced my reading experience

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abookishbutterfly
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Here‘s my top 9 for 2019!

Okay, I have a confession to make. This was supposed to be a top 10 stack. I have no idea what went wrong but apparently I can‘t count. 😂 But narrowing down the best reads of 2019 was a huge challenge for me so I feel like this means I need to do 10 more books in a separate stack so it will essentially be my top 19 of 2019. That works for me!

What were your top favorite reads of 2019? Have you read any of these?

sblbooks Educated was one of my top reads as well. 3y
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Balibee146
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Such gorgeous end papers in one of my new books this week. #prettybooks #butterflies #tbr #mountTBR

Cinfhen Pretty 3y
Cathythoughts Very pretty.... I‘m wondering what the book is like - look forward to your thoughts 3y
CoffeeCatsBooks Lovely! 3y
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abookishbutterfly
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I think that The Doll Factory will appeal more to those who like slow gothic horrors with strong development and depth. But this is more than just a horror. It‘s beautifully crafted love story, a poignant look at what the artist sees, and an exploration of human emotion and strength.

Full review: https://www.facebook.com/262384764521804/posts/348247869268826?sfns=mo

Or follow me on Goodreads. Link in profile.

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Cathy_J
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I love the front cover of this book so I was really hoping the reviews were good when I saw it at the book shop :-P It is very well written and the historical fiction aspect was excellent, it just got a bit too creepy at times for me. Overall ⭐⭐⭐ Just a personal taste/genre thing. Some very memorable characters!

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Historical fiction. A girl who works painting dolls meets an artist who is taken with her. Another man, more sinister, also takes notice of her.

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Dolly
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Not a whole lot of doll production. At times this book can get pretty gross. You‘ll want to shower on finishing.

Slowly builds into suspense, well written. Worth the time.

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abookishbutterfly
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This is one of my creepy read picks for October!

To be honest, I have a huge stack that I‘m not likely to get through. 😂

But I definitely going to make sure I get to this one. I was so disappointed that I wasn‘t able to read it in August when I had borrowed it from the library, especially since I couldn‘t renew it because there were other holds on it. I‘m so glad my daughter bought me a copy so I will finally have a chance to read it!

Ruthiella You raised her right! 😀 3y
MamaGina This one is VERY good! 🤓 3y
LaurenELovesToRead That cover! 😱❣️ 3y
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Dolly
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Such an odd book that goes along pleasantly then suddenly the author flips out to a disconcerting scene. I‘m enjoying this writing style as there isn‘t the usual buildup of tension at the end of the chapter to keep you turning pages just interesting writing.

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GerardtheBookworm
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An old fashion gothic thriller set in Victorian England. An aspiring painter becomes an artist model and becomes the obsession of a creepy taxidermist. A great piece of historical fiction that incorporates themes of women's suffrage and the industrial revolution.

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Laru79
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This is great!! The characters are so well put together, Silas is super creepy, Iris is such a strong young woman and Albie, oh I could have cried! I felt like I could see, hear and smell everything that was happening as the story unfolded. I often think I‘m not the biggest fan of historical novels, but this has definitely convinced me otherwise!

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MamaGina
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Currently reading ... 📖

Cathythoughts I‘ve been wondering if this book will be good! Look forward to your thoughts 3y
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Laru79
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This one is next on the list... really excited to get started!!

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Joysiam
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It was not what I had anticipated but thoroughly enjoyed this grim tale.

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MamaGina
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My latest library haul! 📚❤️🤓

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sparrowssavvy
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I love a good historical fiction and this totally fit the bill. It had layered characters and set a beautiful yet grimy scene in Victorian London. Each character had their own narrative style which I really liked. I definitely had trouble putting this down, although I did stumble a bit at the end and got distracted.

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abookishbutterfly
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I STILL haven‘t gotten to read these yet, even though I am soooo excited about them. This summer brought us so many great new book publications! What new releases are at the top of your TBR? If you haven‘t checked it out yet, you can see my top ten in my latest video! https://youtu.be/PDvf16jCb2A

#booktuber #summerreading #bookstoread #TBRpile

AllieLovesBooks What a pretty picture 💙💚 3y
Alfoster I loved The Doll Factory!❤️ 3y
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Cortg I love your bag! 😍 3y
Scochrane26 There‘s several fall releases I can‘t wait for. I‘ve already pre-ordered The Art of Theft (lady Sherlock series) & Wayward Son (rainbow Rowell). (edited) 3y
abookishbutterfly @Scochrane26 I‘ll have to look those up. I haven‘t heard of them! I did preorder His Hideous Heart and I can barely wait for September to get here so I can have it in my possession! 3y
abookishbutterfly @Cortg Thank you! I got it for my birthday last year and I love it so much! 3y
abookishbutterfly @Alfoster It sounds sooooo amazing! I read the first page but have to hold off from going any further because I need to finish some of the others that I‘ve started. But I can tell that I really like her writing style! 3y
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KerriNTurner
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What a brilliant book! Gritty, mesmerising, dark, touching, disturbing, fascinating, feminist. I can‘t wait to see what she writes next.

Crazeedi I ❤❤ whatever you have this book tucked into! 3y
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Bakingbookworm
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2 ⭐️- This is a dark, sometimes brutal, tale of obsession in Victorian London. Things were hard for many and women‘s struggled a lot and while I appreciate how vivid the descriptions are of the time, this just wasn‘t a book I connected with for a few reasons. Thanks to Atria for my complimentary advanced copy.

My review: http://bit.ly/2ZWyvv0

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lilistar
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Just finished the Doll Factory and Silas will haunt my dreama for many a night! #Victorian #creepy

LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! Here are links to #Litsytips: http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU. There‘s lots of fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! 3y
RaimeyGallant Welcome! 3y
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Mortonette
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The Doll Factory, by Elizabeth Macneal

Surviving in the Victorian Age. The hypocrisy of men and womens‘ perceived place in the world. Discoveries in art and science. Being allowed to love. Warped perceptions. The fine line between obsession and reality; science and craziness; passion and duty. Iris and her twin Rose, must find their way.

Vivid and surprising. Definitely recommended!

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Clare_Riley
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I‘m rubbish at keeping up on here - it‘s been busy 🤷🏼‍♀️. Still found time to read though! Anyway, here‘s what I read in June - they‘re all 4/5 and 5/5, but my favourites were: Underland - Robert Macfarlane (non-fic, journeys in underground spaces), The Doll Factory - Elizabeth Macneal (a woman trying to find her freedom in Victorian England), and The Brief - Simon Michael (criminal lawyer in 1960s). I promise to do better in July!

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LittleRedReadingHood
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As I was walking around the bookshop, my eyes kept wondering over to this book. Although I didn't pick it up that day, I went back a week later and saw the book lying there and something about it drew me in, I knew I had to buy it. Seems like it could be a tough one to read and its different to what I usually ready but here goes...

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bookseller_cate
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3/3 of my #bookfair #arc #bookhaul

Passed this by at first, but after sitting with our S&S rep, I knew I needed it. Sounds like a delightfully creepy answer to Sarah Waters. I was interested to see that our S&S reps had ARCs with two different covers. The bell jar featured on both, but I liked this cover enough that I dug into the pile for it.

(I hope to get to all three of these soon. Many thanks to our S&S rep for making them available.)

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bookish_wookish
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Its here!!!! 😍 @Wonderwoman89 Im so excited!! Thank you so much! This cover is gorgeous!! #summerreadingswap

Wonderwoman89 Oh great!! I hope you like it. Sorry about it coming late. Next time I will make sure it isn‘t a pre release book. I love the cover. 3y
bookish_wookish Totally worth the wait!!! @Wonderwoman89 3y
rather_be_reading awesome! 🌞 3y
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bedandabook
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Really enjoyed this audiowalk with borrowed pooch Annie, and am loving this book despite not being a fan of historical novels. It‘s wonderfully creepy and compelling.

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Liberty
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It‘s Day 2 of the @bookriot #Riotgrams Challenge! Today‘s prompt: books and socks! One of the side effects of being raised by wolves is that I detest having things on my feet, especially socks. But I can‘t say no to a bookish photo challenge!📚🧦📚

MrBook Ah! Love this pic! 3y
TheBookAddict 😍😻 love it! That background! I need those socks! 🧦💕 3y
Lindy Great socks, wolfling. 3y
sprainedbrain I suffer from the same need to be barefoot! 😂 3y
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Tashreads
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Just started reading #thedollfactory by #elizabethmacneal and I am already hooked. ⁣

Who else loves creepy gothic books? I would love some recommendations. ⁣

alisonrose I don‘t read a lot of creepy books because I‘m a big baby, but The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters might work for you! (Also I love that background 🦋 is it wallpaper?) 3y
Tashreads @alisonrose thank you, it‘s on my TBR. Also, the background is scrapbooking paper - I don‘t actually do any scrapbooking but love the paper for book photos 😂😂 3y
BarbaraBB I can recommend two classic gothics that are both great: 3y
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Tashreads @BarbaraBB thank you! I need to try classic gothic. 3y
Billypar Never read this, but I have it on my TBR.. 3y
alisonrose @Tashreads It‘s beautiful! 3y
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Ms.Story
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This book was right up my alley although I didn't find it to be amazing. I liked the characters but wanted a little more from a few plot details. Still happy to have read it!

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Birdsong28
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Current price on 25th May
@squirrelbrain @Oryx

squirrelbrain Oooh, but I *really* don‘t need any more books 😁😉 3y
Birdsong28 @squirrelbrain You know you want too!! 😈😘📚📖 3y
Oryx Interesting... 3y
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Lizpixie
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#BookMail Pt6 This beautiful edition of Elizabeth Macneal‘s debut novel is from Waterstones. Signed with those pretty teal edges, it‘s a gorgeous looking book from the famous ceramic artist. Set in 1850 in London, the Great Exhibition is being set up in Hyde Park & in the crowd 2 people meet. Iris is an artist who forgets the encounter but Silas is a collector who now wants to collect her. I love Victorian crime so I can‘t wait to start this!🦋

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