Blog Blitz & Book Review: The Doll Collector by Joanna Stephen-Ward @OperaLover12 @Bloodhoundbook #TheDollCollector #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #blogblitz


PUBLISHER: Bloodhound Books

PUBLICATION DATE: November 20th, 2018


Thank you to Emma Welton from Bloodhound Books and the author for inviting me to take part in the exciting Blog Blitz for The Doll Collector by Joanna Stephen-Ward.



Murders that look like accidents. An accident that looks like murder.

A couple and their young son burn to death in a house fire.

A girl dies from a nut allergy.

A woman falls under a train during the rush hour.

An accountant falls down the steps to his basement.

Their deaths appear to be accidents but Gloria knows they were murdered because she murdered them. And every time Gloria kills she buys a doll.

But how many dolls will she need to keep her satisfied?

When Gloria takes a room as a lodger her behaviour starts to spin out of control. Gloria wants love and happiness and friendship and she will do anything she can to get what she wants…



Joanna Stephen-Ward

Joanna Stephen-Ward was born in the Australian outback, and grew up in Melbourne. Her school days were spent dreaming about being an opera singer or a writer. To the exasperation of her parents and teachers she spent her final year sitting at the back of the classroom writing a novel set in WW2.

When she left school she went to an opera school where she was taught drama, movement and language pronunciation and had small roles in the workshop productions. She was not good enough to become a professional opera singer, but the seeds of her novel Vissi d’arte were sown.

She left Australia and spent a year travelling around Europe and the UK. While working in outpatients for the NHS she met Peter and they married in 1985. They lived in Richmond Surrey and she worked at The National Archives, an enthralling place for anyone interested in history or crime.

Having been brought up as a lonely only child, she was astonished to discover in 2010 that she was one of eight children. She and her sister had last been together on a verandah in the outback when they were babies. They had a joyous reunion in Cornwall in 2012.

Joanna has written seven novels and is working on her eighth.






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Twisted, dark, and sociopathic. Three words to describe Gloria, the main character in the book.

She clearly has issues that she needs to get addressed…. Like, yesterday! She kills people when she feels they have wronged her in some way or another, when they simply find her boring, call her names like fat or ugly, or simply just because she feels like it. And then, once she kills them, she purchases a doll and gives the doll the name of the person she has killed, and then keeps the dolls as part of a collection similar to how one would collect a “trophy” of sorts, to commemorate how she murdered that person. Creepy right?

Gloria was a very unlikable character who is disturbed. You never know what she is going to do next or even when or if she will turn on someone. She was a bitter, mean person but it was interesting to read about the way she thinks. She was truly despicable. But that made the story all that more interesting to read.

I enjoyed the book and its dark and twisty turns throughout. You never knew when Gloria would turn on the next person, or what crazy thing she would do next.

If you enjoy thrillers and characters with a dark side to them, definitely add this book to your list of books to read.

Thank you for reading my review and for checking out my stop on this blog blitz. I hope you enjoy the book!


MY RATING: 4/5 stars

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