Title: Curse of the Dead-eyed Doll

Series: Haunting States of America

Author: Thomas Kingsley Troupe

Publishers: Jolly Fish Press, North Star Editions

Format: Ebook

Pages: 136

Genres: Horror, Middle Grade, Mystery, Thriller

Rating: 4/5


Release Date: 1st September 2019

Where To Buy: Amazon UK, Amazon USA, Wordery, Book Depository

Summary: Alejandro Padilla isn’t superstitious and he doesn’t believe the stories that an old sailor doll in a Key West, Florida, museum is haunted. Robert the Doll might look creepy, but that doesn’t mean the doll is cursed. So Al ignores the tour guide’s warning to ask Robert’s permission before taking the doll’s photograph. But it isn’t long after Al’s field trip to the museum that strange things start happening. Al is quick to dismiss the odd occurrences as coincidence and bad luck . . . that is until they become more frequent and more sinister. Is the doll tormenting Al? And if so, what will Al have to do to get him to stop?

Every state has its own spine-tingling stories of ghosts and mysterious hauntings grounded in its regional history. The Haunted States of America series uses real-life ghost lore as jumping-off points to new, chilling tales. An author’s note provides historical origins and fascinating facts, but beware: sometimes real life is stranger than fiction.

Thank you so much to NetGalley and North Star Editions/Jolly Fish Press who sent me an ebook arc to read and review of The Curse of the Dead Eyed Doll written by Thomas Kingsley Troupe.

Review: This book was really fun to read, it was actually creepy and left you actually wondering what was going to happen next.

Al Padilla goes on a school trip to a museum and the main attraction there is a haunted doll called Robert. Al doesn’t believe at all that the doll is haunted and breaks the one rule that is laid out for them. When bad things start to happen to him everyone says he’s cursed by the doll. Though he doesn’t believe it things still keep happening to mess with him.

I loved the way it was written through a non believers perspective seeing him battling with his doubt but also his fear of what was going on around him. It’s a great and well written horror book, with the right suspense included and a creepy hook to keep you desperately wanting to know more.

The illustrations in this book were beautifully made and really captured Robert the Doll, you could really feel the scary-ness of him from the pictures drawn. I really enjoyed reading this book and think it’s a great starter horror book for children wanting to get into the genre.


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