What Da Cover Says: A dazzling mixture of crime, romance, magic and myth from the acclaimed author of The Psychology of Time Travel.
The Kendrick family have been making world-famous dolls for over 200 years. But their dolls aren’t coveted for the craftmanship alone. Each one has a specific emotion laid on it by its creator. A magic that can make you feel bucolic bliss or consuming paranoia at a single touch. Though founded by sisters, now only men may know the secrets of the workshop.
Persephone Kendrick longs to break tradition and learn the family craft, and when a handsome stranger arrives claiming doll-making talent and a blood tie to the Kendricks, she sees a chance to grasp all she desires.
But then, one night, the family’s most valuable doll is stolen. Only someone with knowledge of magic could have taken her. Only a Kendrick could have committed this crime…
What I Says: 2020 has been a crazy eventful year and reading this book was like a breath of fresh air, it had a real feel good edge to it. Dolls can be creepy 75% of the time but Mascarenhas manages to capture their beauty and hidden magic and weaves a beautiful story that easily pulls in the reader.
I loved the history behind Kendricks, doll makers for over 200 hundred years and a company full of as many secrets as Wonka’s Choccy factory. There are also a very good group of characters here and I was constantly changing my opinion of them again and again. Persephone’s story was particularly good, a real coming of age event whilst fighting for women’s rights at the workshop, I did find myself giving her a little cheer now and then. The plot of the book revolves around a crime, a valuable doll has been stolen and it is very tricky to settle on one thief, I had my theory and was correct but I had no idea how to prove it was them….once all was revealed I was suitably impressed with how it all played out.
This is a book that is so easy to get caught up in, such a fun read, Mascarenhas is such a witty writer that you settle in very quickly and before you know it you’ll have finished the book and be left wanting more. I haven’t read the first book by Mascarenhas but will certainly be adding it to my wishlist.