Be prepared to get scared!
This is a brilliant creepy story. I loved it so much that I read it all in one go, from start to finish without stopping once!
Zach, Poppy and Alice are best friends. They love playing together, inventing stories with their toys as the main characters. They adore using their imaginations to come up with different worlds full of pirates and mermaids, outlaws and queens. Well, one queen actually, played by the china-faced doll kept locked in Poppy's mum's glass cabinet. She's old and scary looking, perfect for reigning over their games. Unfortunately, Zach's dad thinks playing with dolls and stuff is a bit babyish; his decision to get rid of all Zach's figures has some very unintended consequences. Obviously, Zach is devastated at losing his toys and he feels that he may lose his friends as well. But, when the queen visits Poppy in a dream the three friends have to work together to solve the mystery. Poppy believes the doll was a real girl once, who now needs their help to be laid to rest.
The trio embark on a great adventure. As they try to work out what the doll wants from them, and whether Poppy is telling the truth, they encounter many obstacles in their way. There are interfering and odd adults, strange occurrences, and travel disruptions. The kids' need to use their initiative and trust in their friendship. They get themselves into some tricky situations, and there are some hair-rasing moments. For me, the combination of adventure story with a supernatural element was very exciting.
If I gave out star ratings this would be a definite 5 star book. I loved reading it now as an adult, and I would have loved it if I'd read it as a child too. So, if you dare, read this book and join in the adventure.
Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy of Doll Bones, it was thoroughly appreciated. The book is out now in Hardback.