The Killing Doll

The Killing Doll

eBook - 2010
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The winter before he was sixteen, amateur magician Pup made a Faustian pact and sold his soul to the devil. He wasn't quite sure what he was going to get in exchange. Pup's older sister, Dolly, is manically obsessed with her birthmark, believing it is responsible for her status as a social outcast. She becomes pathologically transfixed by Pup's dabbling in magic, desperate to believe he has occult powers that can cure her disfigurement, improve their lives, and kill their stepmother. As Dolly's obsession grows, a young mentally disturbed Irishman lurks just around the corner, inseparable from his sharpened set of knives... In this intense and deeply disturbing novel, Ruth Rendell explores a haunted world of obsession, delusions and murderous fantasy, with dazzling virtuosity.
Publisher: 2010
ISBN: 9781409069058
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Apr 01, 2011

I can't say I like the "description" appended to this work. I don't think that it is relevant that the young man in question is Irish.

To me the book was a compelling account of a terrible illness suffered by the guy with the knives. He has managed to control his affliction; but then when his means of control is stolen away, then he sent tragically out of control.

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