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Book review: Dolly, By Susan Hill
Arifa Akbar is literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers. She has worked at The Independent since 2001 as a news reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize for books 2013, and the Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014, and is currently judging the Aesthetica Magazine new writing prize.
Friday 01 November 2013
Its starts with a wind swept across the fens, an inexplicable rustle and the hint of creepy foreboding that is the signature starting point of Hill's ghostly stories.
This one is as accomplished and effective as the rest, not tired in the least even if there is a cunning formula at work.
Its narrator, Edward, returns to his recently dead aunt's home and remembers, in extended flashback, the spoilt, pale-faced cousin he met there and the unrest that was sparked by her encounter with a doll. Best read at night for full effect.
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