The Doll’s Eye by Marina Cohen is creepy.
The concept is cool, with elements of the supernatural. The Doll’s Eye ($23.99, Raincoast Books, Roaring Brook Press) is a story about Hadley, whose mother, stepfather and stepbrother move into a musty, decomposing house whose previous owners have all left, leaving everything behind.
Hadley, who wants everything to go back to the way it was before she had a step-family and had to move away from her apartment in the city, spends the rest of the summer exploring the nearby woods and hanging out with her bug-obsessed neighbour, Gabe, and the nice old lady who lives above her family’s garage.
The house, she discovers, is full of secrets like the appearance of a mysterious dollhouse and the perfect dolls inside. One day, Hadley discovers a lone glass eye rolling around the floor of the attic, and makes a wish that changes her world forever.
In addition to the creep factor, the story offers a good lesson on being careful for what you wish for, while reminding us to appreciate what we already have.
I did not see the ending coming, although I did suspect who was responsible, but was not remotely close on the how or why.
Note: While I liked The Doll’s Eye, I loved Cohen’s The Inn Between, a fabulous read, which I highly recommend.
A copy of this book was provided by Raincoast for a honest review.