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Island of the Dolls: A psychological horror thriller (World's Scariest Places Book 4) Kindle Edition
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"The perfect antidote to a restful night's sleep, The Sleep Experiment is a fast-paced thriller that will keep the pages turning late into the night" ‒ Steven Sayers, author of THE SOUL DWELLER
"Jeremy Bates is a skilled weaver of nightmares" ‒ Ambrose Ibsen, author of THEHAUNTING OF BEACON HILL
"Jeremy Bates knows scary. You're going to have a good time with whatever he writes" ‒ Jeff Menapace, author of BAD GAMES
"A compelling and provocative read. One cannot help but wonder how important sleep really is" ‒ Booklist
"[Bates] is the real deal. He is a bit of a mix of Stephen King and Richard Laymon. You won't regret your purchase" ‒ Amazon Top Contributor
"I keep hearing this author being compared to the likes of Stephen King or Dean Koontz. I think [he] should be known for his OWN style of writing" ‒ Amazon Reviewer
"Will remind readers what chattering teeth sound like" ‒ Kirkus Reviews
"Voracious readers of horror will delightfully consume the contents of Bates's World's Scariest Places books" ‒ BookLife Prize
"Creatively creepy and sure to scare"‒ The Japan Times
"Thriller fans and readers of Stephen King, Joe Lansdale, and other masters of the art will find much to love" ‒ Midwest Book Review
"An ice-cold thriller full of mystery, suspense, fear" ‒ David Moody, author of HATER and AUTUMN
"I have long been a fan of Dean Koontz, Stephen King, and Frank Peretti and I feel confident that I can now add Jeremy Bates to that list" ‒ Jennifer Wilson, Reader Views
"Reads like a combination of Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Clive Barker" ‒ Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review
"A page-turner in the true sense of the word" ‒ HorrorAddicts
"Will make your skin crawl" ‒ Scream Magazine
"Shocking" ‒ Booklist
"Told with an authoritative voice full of heart and insight" ‒ Richard Thomas, Bram Stoker nominated author
"Grabs and doesn't let go until the end" ‒ Writer's Digest
"A horror writer to watch" ‒ True Review
"Bates offers a truly chilling tale that reminds readers that humans can be the worst type of monster to fear, after all" ‒ BookLife Prize
"Would make a great screenplay!"‒ Suspense Magazine
"Bates doesn't miss a trick" ‒ Glenn Kleier, New York Times bestselling author
"Bates knows how to creep into his reader's mind and toy around" ‒ Horror Palace
"Something to give you chills before you go to bed" ‒ San Francisco Book Review
"Excellent!" ‒ Andrew Peterson, international bestselling author of FIRST TO KILL
"Spellbinding" ‒ Bestsellersworld
"Will delight horror fans who want their novels steeped in psychological suspense as well as action" ‒ Midwest Book Review
"Invites you to read it in one sitting" ‒ Hellnotes
From the Author
Finalist, "Aurealis Award for Excellence in Speculative Fiction" Horror Novella Award, 2017,for "The Mailman."
Finalist, "Australian Horror Writers Association" Shadows Award, 2017, for "The Mailman."
Winner, "Foreword INDIES" Horror Book of the Year Award Gold Medal, 2016, for "Island of the Dolls."
Finalist, "Next Generation Indie Book Awards" Horror Novel Award, 2017, for "Island of the Dolls."
Finalist, "The Skoutz Award" German Horror Award, 2017, for "Suicide Forest."
Finalist,"Aurealis Award for Excellence in Speculative Fiction" Horror Novella Award, 2016, for "Box of Bones."
Finalist, "Australian Horror Writers Association" Shadows Award, 2016, for "Box of Bones."
Winner, "Crime Writers of Canada" Arthur Ellis Award/The Lou Allen Memorial Award, 2016,for "Black Canyon."
Winner, "Australian Horror Writers Association" Shadows Award, 2015, for "The Catacombs."
Winner, "IPPY(Independent Publisher Book Awards)" Bronze Medal/Horror, 2016, for "The Catacombs."
Finalist, "Next Generation Indie Book Awards" Horror Novella Award, 2016, for "Black Canyon."
Winner, "Reader Views Literary Award" Global Award, 2014-2015, for "Suicide Forest."
Honorable Mention, "Reader Views Literary Award" Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Horror Award,2014-2015, for "Suicide Forest."
Finalist, "Goodreads Choice Awards" 2015, for "Suicide Forest."
Finalist," Australian Horror Writers Association" Shadows Award, 2014, for "Suicide Forest."
Finalist, "Foreword INDIES" Horror Book of the Year Award, 2014, for "Suicide Forest."
Finalist, "Foreword INDIES" Thriller & Suspense Book of the Year Award,2012, for "White Lies."
The World's Scariest Places Series:
- Suicide Forest - The bad news is they're lost. There is no good news.
- The Catacombs - As close to hell as you're likely ever going to get.
- Helltown - The luckiest die first and fast. The others, well...
- Island of the Dolls - Come and see the dolls, but don't expect to leave alive.
- Mountain of the Dead - Freezing to death is the least of their worries.
- Hotel Chelsea - The most haunted hotel in America.
- Mosquito Man - Are you afraid of the dark? You should be.
- The Sleep Experiment - You'll never think about sleep the same way again.
- The Man from Taured - Where did he come from? Where will he go?
- Merfolk - Deep below the blue surface a terrifying world awaits.
- New America: Utopia Calling - A brave new world.
- White Lies - You never know where a lie may lead...
- The Taste of Fear - In the jungle, no one can hear you scream.
- Black Canyon - The new face of evil.
- Run - You can run but you can't hide.
- Rewind - Nothing is what it seems.
- Neighbors - You never know what kind of psycho may be living next door.
- Six Bullets - When there's no reason left to live, what would you do with your last six bullets?
- Box of Bones - Time is running out.
- The Mailman - Be careful what you wish for.
- Re-Roll - Life can be a bitch.
- Dark Hearts - Four critically acclaimed short novels.
- Bad People - Four critically acclaimed short novels.
- The Midnight Book Club - An eight-book collection of critically acclaimed and award-winning short novels.
- World's Scariest Places: Volume One - This omnibus edition includes books one and two in the bestselling World's Scariest Places series.
- World's Scariest Places: Volume Two - This omnibus edition includes books three and four in the bestselling World's Scariest Places series.
- World's Scariest Places: Volume Three - This omnibus edition includes books five and six in the bestselling World's Scariest Places series.
- World's Scariest Legends: Volume One - This omnibus edition includes books one and two in the bestselling World's Scariest Legends series.
- World's Scariest Legends: Volume Two - This omnibus edition includes books three and four in the bestselling World's Scariest Legends series.
- ASIN : B019O6C5GW
- Publisher : Ghillinnein Books; 1st edition (March 21, 2016)
- Publication date : March 21, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 1775 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 327 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #129,686 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The basic story was pretty good. A group of young people off to explore a haunted island. Of course the men start snapping at each other in an attempt to impress. A murder/murders occur but our group do not hesitate to explore the area, in the dark of course.
It would have made a decent story if the kernel of the story remained intact. The sexual situations were not necessary and the fact that, at least four of our protagonists, at various times, storm out of the buildings into the dark and rainy night.Despite being aware of a murder and a ghost wandering around.
In real life all of these people would be dead.
I gave it three stars because the writing was OK and the characters were well defined. But, I can only recommend it if you like to scan pages.
The setting is the Island, a horrific place where childhood tragedy is glorified, as if that could ever help, and invokes the slanted surreal feeling to everything that happens at that place. The details are creepy. The pace of the action is intense (some fights, some sex) but the characters unfold slowly, peeling away layers of themselves the more you read on, until the deeper troubles and reality surfaces, and the reader will say, "yes, that makes sense". Something different in this story from other books written by Bates is the happy ending. But after the whirlwind of horrific cruelty that some of the characters had to endure, I think it is wise to give the guy a break.
I recommend all the Jeremy Bates books, especially this one. But be forewarned - you'll never look at a doll in the same way again.
The story starts out good. It definitely grabbed my attention. Instantly, I imagined myself on the island with Jack and his friends. Jack is kind of the main voice for the six friends. The story alternates between him and Maria. Maria's story is the past.
She was obsessed with her doll. Her mother could not get it away from her. I preferred Maria's story than really the present. Partly due to the fact that none of the others were that endearing. I did not care if something happened to them.
Honestly, I figured this whole story out very early on. There were no great surprises and the "scary" factor was low. The whole concept of the dolls does get a higher rating for creepy. Overall, I was a bit disappointed in this book but I would try another one by this author.
I am not a fan of the Stephen King style of “supernatural” novels. Mr. Bates’ novels often have an element of the supernatural; however, by the end what seemed unreal or supernatural to the characters ends up being explained very realistically. These twists are what make his novels so interesting to me.
Top reviews from other countries
In common with "Suicide Forest" " Island of the Dolls " has a fast paced narrative, attractive, likeable characters and a creepy, atmospheric setting, which Jeremy Bates ' clear, sharp prose brings to life very effectively. The youthful cast of characters share a similar mixture of friendships and emnities, and a first person narrator in the form of - in "Suicide Forest" - an American ex-pat teaching English to Japanese businessmen, and a binge drinking American race car driver in Mexico drinking himself to oblivion in "...Dolls".
Another feature both share seems to be a favourite device of Bates', insofar as the supernatural scares turn out to be less occult and more a very human tragedy...
But I won't spoil the fun ! While "Island of the Dolls" isn't quite worthy of the 4 and 5*s for "Catacombs" and "Suicide Forest" it is vintage Jeremy Bates, and definitely worth checking out. I can't wait to see which Scariest Place he'll get to next ! Any suggestions ? I'd try the floodplanes of the Danube, Algernon Blackwood's setting for "The Willows" or maybe Bodmin Moor...
I found the characters difficult to connect to with, the hero constantly reliving a difficult past with typical hero flaws. Some characters (Pepper and Lucinda) had great potential but were majorly underdeveloped and didn't serve any real purpose or add to the story.
While Maria's story was a sad one, this again could have been used so much more. I was hoping for a much spookier feel considering the setting, potentially with a more supernatural feel.
If you're looking for a supernatural horror, I don't think you'll find it here. An ok read but not the best. Sorry!
I expected it to be much more about the actual island and the dolls, I was expecting a Stephen-King-type of story, but - although it seems to go this way at the start - then it takes another direction.
Some characters are annoying (can’t stand the Russian girl), and the end is a bit disappointing.
Worth reading for the first half.