Pretty Stolen Dolls by Ker Dukey, K. Webster
Series: Pretty Stolen Dolls #1
Also in this series: Pretty Lost Dolls
Published by Self-published on September 26th 2016
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This is a Dark title with adult themes
From Bestselling Authors Ker Dukey & K Webster comes, Pretty Stolen Dolls.
Benny loves his pretty little dolls. As long as they do exactly as they're told. He keeps them perfect by brushing their hair and gives them pretty dresses to wear. He likes to toy with them late at night. One so timid but the other likes to fight. When his favorite doll runs away... despite the other doll promising to stay, his heart becomes broken and he can't help but cry. He wants her back home or his pretty little doll must die.
Have you ever had to make a decision that haunts you every single day for the rest of your life…the life you stole back? I have. I ran for my survival, rocks and twigs cutting into the soles of my feet, my lungs burning and screaming for rest, every muscle tensed and fighting along with me for existence. I left her. I ran, ran, ran—from Benny and his lone, pretty little doll—until I couldn’t remember where to find them again. I’m sorry.
Did you ever have a doll that you didn’t like? I remember one that a lady gave to my children because hers never wanted to play with it. Years later we threw it out. We didn’t donate it because one of my daughters said she never liked it, there was just something off about it. I have no idea what made children steer clear of the toy, but there was no denying something was amiss with it.
Now, I have seen people make porcelain dolls; the dollmakers treat them with care and delicacy. When completed and you hold them they have the weight and movement of a small child, in other words, they feel real. The detail that goes into the painting of the features, the glass eyes, eyelashes, wigs and clothing is amazing. It becomes an obsession, and this part of the story eerily recreated vivid memories, twisting a fond memory into a horror aspect of the story.
I’ve waffled on a bit, but that’s because if you choose to read Pretty Stolen Dolls, you’ll want to go in blind. There are a few points I feel I need to share:
1. It is graphic
2. Light doesn’t begin to appear until just after halfway into the story
3. This is not a standalone
4. There is a cliffhanger at the end
5. If you get to the end, I will hazard to guess your mind will be spinning with all sorts of theories and potential scenarios that could play out in the next book. This will be your reward!
My advice is if you intend to jump into this book, do so with a buddy and talk it out afterward. There’s a lot of dark moments to process. I had to have another book to read at night because I am sure this story would have resulted in nightmares. Am I going to continue with this series? If you had asked me yesterday, I would have said no way! Today I am ready to add it to my TBR list!
The EDGy Dark Reads Crown has come out of the vault, and I am proud to say it is firmly back where it should be after having read this book!
What I struggled with:
At times it was repetitive
How could someone with a traumatic history be cleared View Spoiler » to work with the police « Hide Spoiler
A couple of other questions surrounding the plot, but I wouldn’t even include them in a spoiler, but I am left wondering
The realistic details
What I appreciated about this story:
There was always hope
The hanging questions and playing sleuth as to potential clues and possibilities
The dynamics between the two main characters in the second half of the story
Despite needing to take breaks to get through the beginning of the story, the authors kept me engaged and curious to continue reading.
4 Dark Stars
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