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THE CREEPIEST ISLAND ON EARTHDeep within an ancient Aztec canal system on the outskirts of Mexico City lies Isla de las Munecas...a reportedly haunted island infested with thousands of decrepit dolls.While there to film a television documentary, several friends discover a brutal murder. Soon fear and paranoia turn them against one another - even as the unknown killer stalkTHE CREEPIEST ISLAND ON EARTHDeep within an ancient Aztec canal system on the outskirts of Mexico City lies Isla de las Munecas...a reportedly haunted island infested with thousands of decrepit dolls.While there to film a television documentary, several friends discover a brutal murder. Soon fear and paranoia turn them against one another - even as the unknown killer stalks them throughout the longest night of their lives....

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ISBN : 9781988091099
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Number of Pages : 400 Pages
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Island of the Dolls Reviews

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    2019-02-28 20:40

    I remember watching Josh Gates and his crew on Destination Truth go out to the island and it was freaky! At night, yeah. Some other groups when out there but Josh =) I'm going to add part of the author's note so you can get a little bit of history but you can google and find the main web page for the island. You can find videos and pictures and just creepiness. A two-hour canal ride from Mexico City lies Isla de las Munecas, or Island of the Dolls. It is best-known chinampa, or floating garden, in Xochimilco. It belonged to a man named Julian Santana Barrera, a native of the La Asuncion neighborhood. Santana Barrera was a loner, who was rarely seen in most of Xochimilco. According to the legend, Barrera discovered a little girl drowned in mysterious circumstances in the canals. He also found a doll floating nearby and, assuming it belonged to the deceased girl, hung it from a tree as a sign of respect. After this, he began hearing whispers, footsteps, and anguished wails in the darkness even though his hut-hidden deep inside the woods of Xochimilco-was miles away from civilization. Drive by fear, he spent the next fifty years hanging more and more dolls, some missing body parts, all over the island in an attempt to appease what he believed to be the drowned girl's spirit. After Barrera's death in 2001-his body reportedly found in the exact spot where he found the girl's body fifty years before-the area became a popular tourist attraction where visitors bring more dolls.Here is Barrera ↓There is more to this but you can read it in the book or google it. The author wrote a pretty good book about this island and I loved the different take he took on the legend. Zipping the lip on that one, no spoilers! A bunch of (mostly idiots) go to the island to help one of their friends do a documentary. All of the involved in one way or another listed below, mostly =) 1. Pepper2. Pita3. Jesus4. Elizaveta 5. Jack6. Nitro7. Maria8. Lucinda9. Rosa10. MiguelSome of these people are complete idiots that needed to be smacked upside the head. But I digress! Jack used to be a Nascar driver until he had some medical issues. His girl friend is Pita and she's an idiot. Pita's brother is Jesus (not the real one of course) and he's a real jerk. Elizaveta is from Russia and I loved her and she's also Jesus' girlfriend. Nitro is just some jerk that was invited along. Pepper is the one doing the documentary. Miguel and Lucinda are just in a place they shouldn't have been. Rosa is a little girl that ended up in the middle of things. I loved her. My favorites were Jack (even though he was stupid at times), Elizaveta, Rosa and Pepper. So these morons are wandering around the island doing some video and pictures of the dolls. Some are drinking and every time you turn around, Jack and Nitro are picking fights and acting stupid. Jesus is making wise cracks and it's just ignorant. How about some more creepy dolls? :-DThey find some old huts on the island but when Jack was off on his own he found a good sized hut with two bedrooms and he found little Rosa hidden underneath one of the beds. Like that wasn't creepy. Oh and all of the huts were filled with creepy dolls too! They also find a dead body on the island and another one on the brink of death but since the weather turned bad, the boat guy said he wouldn't come back for them until the next day. I would have said oh hell no, lets go. I'm not staying here! Then people start to get picked off and they get into fights and almost kill each other AND THEN, there is a knock at the door. For real! Can't even tell you about that because it goes off into freaking cray land then, but I figured it was coming. Oh and I forgot to say that the book is told in the present and back in the 1950's when Maria was a little girl. You know, the little girl that was found dead. I wanted to kill some people in this book reading about her life. I know this is the author's fiction but I know things like this have happened in real life, don't get me started. This poor girl was labeled a moron at her school because they have some kind of a scale they rate the kids with <--really. She wasn't a moron she just had some mental issues and some medical issues, OMG people. The school told her parents that she should go into a special school because there is no hope for her. So her parents put her in some school where the nuns and priest were bad people, reminded me of the Native American schools and those evil bas... you know what, let's move on! They did horrific things to Maria in that school until she escaped. Now I'm not going to tell you what all happened to her or what happened to her afterward. Read the book! As to what happened with the nuts on the island and all of the cray going on, well you have to read that for yourself.MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading List

  • Nev Murray
    2019-03-08 16:42

    "The one constant in this is the extremely creepy and atmospheric backdrop of the island and its thousands of dolls. When you read these scenes, let your mind wander, soak up the sights and smells and sometimes sounds. Don’t read it on your Kindle in a dark room. You will find yourself checking under the bed."See the full review on Scream Horror Mag:Island of the Dolls

  • Kris Lugosi
    2019-03-25 16:37

    The Island of the Dolls is a well written story surrounding the Isla de las Munecas legend. What I love about this book is that it is among a series of World's Scariest Places and I wanna read em all!Bates has taken a very real location with a spooky backstory and turned it into what I describe as horror historical fiction. He weaves the legend, and the locale into a story surrounding characters that are super likable and others you want to strangle while developing a very solid extension of the legend. I thoroughly enjoyed this bookJack is an American ex race-car driver, engaged to a superstitious twat named Pita that I can't stand anymore than I can stand her pretentious jerk of a brother, Jesus or his meat-head friend Nitro. Jesus is dating the Russian beauty Elizaveta and together they all embark on a trip to the Isla de las Munecas aka the Island of the Dolls just outside Mexico city to help their buddy Pepper shoot his documentary about the island. Legend has it that the island is being haunted by a little girl that was found face down drowned in a pond. Due to this ghost, the man, Solano, who found the little girl dead has been stringing up dolls all over the island as an offering to her spirit. (Bates legend follows very closely to the original but with his own twists.) She continues to haunt and spook anyone who dare visit the island. Well despite the legend and despite the boatman not even wanting to take them all the way there, the documenteers decide to push on anyway, but when a tropical storm rolls through preventing them from leaving the island, will they survive the night? After the discovery of a dead body with the eyes removed, the gang starts to question whether or not they are the only ones on the island. Is it a serial killer stalking them and offing them one by one, or is it something much more sinister? Jack looks for any reason to discount the superstition of the dolls being possessed but here on the Isla de las Munecas, anything is possible. Bates has written this into a few different segments which I found incredibly well written and a good way of explaining the story behind the island with a great flow.Parts of the book are told through the main character Jack's perspective and other parts Elizaveta. Throughout the book the reader is transported back to 1957 and tells the story of an unfortunate little girl named Maria who is deemed a moron based on her mental disability. Bates gives life and backstory to the drowned little girl and to the man who found her. Those side stories really tie the book together and makes for a really good read. I loved the author's style and natural dialogue. Other than Pita, I loved the conversations and the tone the author sets for each person. Pita, just got on my nerves as a character, but that's the point. The girl's just not likable. I love the little girl Rosa and even the drama between the characters as things start to heat up on the island is well written. The ending could almost be deemed a stretch, but Bates did a good job building the story and the characters that it was plausible enough. This author has a whole series based on real haunted locations that I look forward to reading.

  • Tammie
    2019-02-27 23:32

    The Island of the Dolls is a creepy and delightful read. This is my favorite book of the World's Scariest Places series with the Suicide Forest a close second. The story of the Island of the Dolls centers around the Isla de las Munecas legend and develops into a fantastic fictional tale that the reader won't want to put down. I rarely get squeamish but something about hundreds of dolls in various states of decay made me slightly uneasy and this book delivers some definite squeamish moments. As always, Mr. Bates' characters are very well-developed- I felt myself rooting for some to survive and other not so much. I would definitely recommend this to horror fans, as well as fans of the World's Scariest Places series. A must read!

  • Daniela
    2019-03-17 00:30

    SPOILER ALERT!!!......Well, she wasn't deformed, but she sure as hell was feral. And was mentally challenged. Nothing supernatural, just humans being either crazy or assholey. There is romance that doesn't even make sense (and also WHY do you need romance here anyway??? eugh). This is the best book of the series... and it's still a piece of shit with a happy ending not even Hollywood would pick up (if I find out there's a movie adaptation of this shit, I will figuratively die).The only good thing is that the book, as much as it pains me to say, is very well written. Other than that, it's the cast of Jersey Shore meets Chucky without the supernatural and in Mexico. Don't even bother...

  • FabulousRaye
    2019-02-26 21:52

    Disclosure: I received an e-copy of the book from the author for review purposes.I like the concept of setting horror stories in "the world's scariest places". I find it intriguing and fresh. I do have a couple of the other books in the series. I just haven't gotten to reading them yet.In short, this book is about a group of friends who go to the Island of the Dolls to get some footage for a reality/documentary series. Of course, every goes kablooey and terribly wrong for them.I found most of the characters to be annoying or unlikeable. So, I enjoyed it when something awful happened to them. The story itself didn't scare me. (I read a lot of horror, and am pretty jaded by now.) BUT, it did have quite a bit of delicious tension and unexpected twists.I'm not sure if there is such a thing as "beach or vacation" reads in horror. If they do, I think this would fall under it.(Slight complaint: A cisgender little girl wouldn't have an Adam's apple to bob up and down, when she swallows.)

  • Donna Maguire
    2019-03-10 21:36

    https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/...THE CREEPIEST ISLAND ON EARTH…“Deep within an ancient Aztec canal system on the outskirts of Mexico City lies Isla de las Munecas…a reportedly haunted island infested with thousands of possessed dolls. While there to film a television documentary, several friends discover a brutal murder, and it’s not long before fear and paranoia turn them against one another – even as the unknown killer stalks them throughout what will become the longest night of their lives.”I have been intrigued by the Isla de las Munecas for a while now after seeing a paranormal investigation on TV by a popular ghost hunting team, I was hooked on finding out about the history of the island and what has been reported to have gone on there. I had heard about the island in passing but seeing it and the dolls on TV really put things in to perspective – I couldn’t have been more creeped out – and I already hate dolls. The book had some good strong characters, I loved the plot, the pace was excellent and I thoroughly enjoyed the book from the first to the last word.I was thrilled when I was given the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book by Jeremy Bates. I had heard about his writing style and his books were highly recommended to me, in fact after reading this I now have three books of his books ready to read on my Kindle.The book was released in the UK on 21st March 2016 so you can grab your copy now!!

  • Jennie
    2019-03-16 00:45

    Loving the whole series.The characters are well developed, the dialogue is good. I love that there is a link to a real place and legends to explain why that place may be unsettling. By the end, the "truth," or reveal, is completely worth it and I have never felt cheated. Island of the Dolls is particularly great at telling a good story with a great resolution.Every book so far, I always begin to root for someone to survive and, more often, root for a bunch of people to just get slaughtered. (And I even changed my mind in this book, so that is something. Also, might as well mention, awesome show, great job on killing all the characters I wanted dead.)On to the next one...

  • Tracey
    2019-03-05 19:54

    Island of the Dolls, is a MUST READ! If your one for a good thrill, horror suspense, and possessed dolls; this book is for you! I read the book in one sitting and the scares kept coming like a roller coaster ride! Bates does a superb job with his writing style; keeping the reader to feel like your actually in the book! There is no pictures but I would have liked to seen a photo of the Isla de las Munecas! I feel it would have added to the suspense! I received this e-book from the goodreads giveaway!

  • Elisa
    2019-03-16 22:48

    I love the books in this series because they are mostly mindless fun. The characters here are better developed than the ones in other volumes and in my opinion, even if it is a better novel, it took away a little bit of the fun. There is creepy action, but they talked too much about their feelings for my taste. Still it's very entertaining.

  • Mike Siedschlag
    2019-03-21 16:43

    Island of the Dolls (World's Scariest Places #4)Author Jeremy Bates gave me an e-copy of Island of the Dolls for review.Island of the Dolls is #4 in the World's Scariest Places series.Set on the real world Isla de las Muencas, Island of the Dolls is a good scary read. A mixed group of characters travel to the island to film a documentary. They of course immediately get caught up in the local legend of evil goings on.Jeremy Bates does a good job of painting a mental picture of an exceedingly creepy setting. The story is told through the viewpoint of alternating characters.We have a little bit of everything in this story; murder, mystery, madness, romance, sex, violence (besides the murder), and of course most of all, horror. Some of the scenes are absolutely terrifying (dolls--shudder).Island of the Dolls alternates between historic and present day settings full of cruelty and abuse. The Nuns are particularly nasty. Interpersonal conflicts among the main characters keeps the reader from ever feeling comfortable. Mismatched couples and macho b.s. only add to the atmosphere of the story.Since I don't do spoilers it is difficult to give too much detail, but suffice to say there are enough twists and turns to keep the reader on their toes. Some developments were predictable, but not enough of them to label the story as such.Island of the Dolls lives up to the designation of one of the "World's Scariest Places" (maybe higher that #4 for me), and Jeremy Bates has woven a scary tale around the legend of the place. Enjoy!Mike

  • Mads
    2019-03-20 20:33

    This is obviously not the first Jeremy Bates' book I've read and it surely won't be the last. I discovered Bates through "The Suicide Forest" and I've been a fan ever since. His writing and stories are in the top 3 of my favorites and I'm surprised not more people are fans of his works. After I finished Island of the Dolls I came here, on Goodreads page, and read some reviews. I was surprised to see that some of the top reviews are bad. I've seen the complaint that I too used to have after reading Helltown - same theme in World's Scariest Places series. I think people start reading these books expecting something different or, rather, something new with every book and miss the point completely. And that point is - usually it's people who are scarier and cruel than any paranormal thing out there. As a paranormal horror genre lover I don't avoid slasher books, nothing like that, but there are very few good paranormal books. Jeremy, despite not writing my favorite subgenre, is still one of my favorite writers ever. I don't care that his books doesn't end the way I want them or that they are about things that in the end doesn't really scare me, but the build-up, the ambience, the feel of his writing in each story is what makes me come back for more again and again. He has a writing style I completely love. Tension Bates' writing makes me feel is all worth it. And I find it great that personally I find each of his story I've read so far to be a page-turner.Island of the Dolls are not very different from last three books in the series. And that's great. We get some likeable characters and some characters that you just can't wait to "see" murdered or dead one way or another. Though this book carries something else, a bonus flashbacks that are both horrifying and completely unskippable. And the ending, I must admit, is a bit different than the ones in previous books. My rating is as obvious as can be - all the stars. Can't wait to read the next book.

  • Chris
    2019-03-05 17:46

    This is one of those novels in which I liked the concept far more than the execution. The author has a great formula - take a creepy real-life location and throw a compelling story into it. In this case, the setting is Mexico's Island of the Dolls. And you can't get much creepier than that. It's the "compelling story" part here that fell apart for me. Without giving too much away, the author weaves a back-story and a current-day drama in the hopes of marrying the two at the end of the novel. The problem is that that back-story is fairly transparent and it's very easy to guess how it'll impact the current-day drama way before the author makes his big reveal. The result is a real lack of tension and mystery. The other major problem is the characters. For the most part, they're extremely unlikable. The going-in proposition here is that someone's going to die; in the end you're actually hoping that some of the least likable and most annoying are the first to go.All that said, I thought the concept was interesting and it yielded a fun, fast and entertaining read. I'd definitely read another in the series but I wouldn't have extremely high expectations.

  • Jenn
    2019-03-14 22:46

    On the Outskirts of Mexico City lies Isla de las Munecas - a reportedly haunted island that is home to thousands of dolls. A group of people are going to film a documentary on this island against the boatman's better judgement to wait until the storm passes. While stranded there overnight, the wind and rain add to the already spooky atmosphere but when they discover a dead body they begin to realize that something evil really is lurking on the island.This was a fast-paced read. I really liked the setting and felt as though I was there. Most of the characters were unlikable but they did feel real and I liked that they were different from one another and had their flaws. A lot went on during the last couple of chapters but overall I was happy with the ending. Another good read from the World's Scariest Places series!

  • Edith English
    2019-02-26 23:36

    ThrillingGreat book, great author! This is one of the most exciting books I've ever read! The subject is different than the books I like and read normally, but I sincerely enjoyed the change. Keep up the good work Mr. Bates.

  • Ms Shannara Damielle Raven Blackwater
    2019-03-19 22:31

    Incredible page Turner What a fantastic way to conclude the Scariest Places series.! Fast paced Roller-coaster psychological thriller of a ride from start to finish Couldn't put it down. Absolutely loved it.

  • Andrea Catino
    2019-03-03 23:35

    Really loved this book. It wasn’t as scary as the suicide forest, but it was suspenseful and kept you guessing.

  • Tam French
    2019-02-24 19:53

    Another awesome bookGreat story and writing. Thoroughly enjoyed this book as much as the first one I read. Keep up the great writing!!!

  • Carrie
    2019-03-14 23:57

    Ghost dollsI loved it! The Island of the dolls has always held my interest, it seems like a wonderful, beautiful, creepy, scary place.

  • Shannon
    2019-03-12 21:31

    I've read 1 and 2 of this series, I really enjoyed them, this one was just meh.

  • Erin Rydgren
    2019-03-07 19:44

    Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.I'll be honest, when I saw the opening prologue quoted Wikipedia of all things, I was skeptical. But Once I started the story, I found myself really intrigued. Set on the Island of Dolls in Mexico, a group of wealthy B-list celebrities (and one Russian governess) were filming footage for a reality tv show when Jack, the protagonist, found a young girl hiding under a bed. The island has a spooky history and everyone is already creeped out because there are literally thousands of dolls hanging from the trees and huts. Discovering that the girl's brother has been murdered in the last 24-hours causes a near-panic, particularly since a tropical storm is descending. As a note, I did find that to be a bit rote, it seems like every time plot requires characters be stranded somewhere, the weather is a go-to solution. Anyways, the group is stuck on this island overnight with someone or something that has a murderous approach to strangers. The characters interact well, although I was disappointed that the only male that Jack got along with was bizarrely sidelined with a mysterious illness after conducting a seance. That meant unless he was talking to his girlfriend, her brother's girlfriend, or the little girl there was a ton of machismo and verbal taunts. Romance was involved, despite some sex scenes. Nothing overwhelmingly graphic. The story is told from alternating points of view that leave readers trying to figure out how they were connected. The ending was good, although the epilogue part (the "what happened to those who survived" bit was kind of bland. The ends were a bit too nicely tied and the character Eliza was nothing like herself from earlier in the book. It wasn't bad, just kind of eh. Regardless, I liked it very much and finished it in an afternoon because it captured my attention and I wanted to see how it ended. Thank you, Jeremy Bates!

  • Lachlan Watt
    2019-03-19 21:34

    I received this book from the author as part of a promotion.This is the first Jeremy Bates title I've read. I've been assured that the other books in the series can be read in any order. I like the idea of horror titles set in real-life places, although I suspect Bates has taken a few liberties with both the geography and nature of Mexico's infamous Isla de las Munecas. For those unfamiliar, this island is home to thousands of discarded dolls, displayed to honour the spirit of a young girl who drowned. It's been called the creepiest spot in Mexico, and no list of "world's scariest places" seems complete without mentioning it. I'm surprised it took Bates four books to get to it.The way characterisation drives the plot reminded me of some of Jack Ketchum's work. The characters are flawed, perhaps overly so, making terrible choices and focusing on their own conflicts when they should be trying to keep themselves alive. While some supernatural elements are hinted at, there's an old-school slasher vibe to the story, with a few twists and turns along the way. Perhaps the most effective segments are those set in the 1950s, touching on themes of neglect and confronting some archaic ideas about mental health. These sequences are all the more horrific for how plausible they are.Jeremy Bates writes well and keeps the story moving at a good pace, ramping up the creepiness in a way that feels natural and realistic. It could probably be a little shorter, and might even have worked better if it remained ambiguous and skipped the final reveal. The protagonist stretched my sympathies, although there's a shift in perspective near the end that offers him some redemption. I'd be interested to see if the other books in the series are as strong, and if they have anything drastically different to offer.

  • Mike Siedschlag
    2019-03-14 16:47

    Author Jeremy Bates gave me an e-copy of Island of the Dolls for review.Island of the Dolls is #4 in the World's Scariest Places series.Set on the real world Isla de las Muencas, Island of the Dolls is a good scary read. A mixed group of characters travel to the island to film a documentary. They of course immediately get caught up in the local legend of evil goings on.Jeremy Bates does a good job of painting a mental picture of an exceedingly creepy setting. The story is told through the viewpoint of alternating characters. We have a little bit of everything in this story; murder, mystery, madness, romance, sex, violence (besides the murder), and of course most of all, horror. Some of the scenes are absolutely terrifying (dolls--shudder).Island of the Dolls alternates between historic and present day settings full of cruelty and abuse. The Nuns are particularly nasty. Interpersonal conflicts among the main characters keeps the reader from ever feeling comfortable. Mismatched couples and macho b.s. only add to the atmosphere of the story.Since I don't do spoilers it is difficult to give too much detail, but suffice to say there are enough twists and turns to keep the reader on their toes. Some developments were predictable, but not enough of them to label the story as such.Island of the Dolls lives up to the designation of one of the "World's Scariest Places" (maybe higher that #4 for me), and Jeremy Bates has woven a scary tale around the legend of the place. Enjoy!Mike

  • Paul C. Stalder
    2019-03-19 20:30

    The culmination of this chilling mystery is well worth the banal slog through the opening chapters. Obviously pandering to his strengths, Bates' develops a few intriguing characters with impressive intricacy. This strength, however, may have been the undoing of his novel. The precise development of certain characters, contrasted with palpable neglect of others, unveils the conclusion far sooner than Bates seemed to have desire.The setting, the infamous Island of the Dolls, is unfortunately more of a backdrop than a central element of this story. This mystery could have taken place on any other island in the canals of Xochimico. The terrifically creepy dolls appear only in passing and contribute little. More than a general nod in the direction of these macabre moppets is expected from a book claiming this title.While I did not care for the drawling beginning, Bates captured me about 200 pages in refused to let go. In spite of the aforementioned challenges, Bates shows his talent and his potential within this work. This will not be the last of his to grace my shelves, and I eagerly await the continued refinement of this budding new genius. My gracious thanks to the author who provided me with a copy.

  • Connie Anderson
    2019-03-13 00:51

    Jeremy Bates wrote "Island of the Dolls" based on one of the world's scariest places. This is a book that is about this guy who got into a terrible NASCAR crash. So, he and his girlfriend went to Mexico City. They decided to go to this famous "Island of the Dolls" with a documentary maker, her brother, and his girlfriend. The brother invites another guy, too. Her bro and his friend are assholes. They took a gondola ride to this island with dolls everywhere; where the guy who used to own it found a little girl drowned by the bank. He found her doll and satarted hanging dolls in trees, etc. To make her soul happy. Only the island is supposedly haunted. They all go there and end uo staying the night because a storm was brewing and the gondola guy had to get back. The dolls are starting to heckle the gang. One yelled to the main character in his own voice. It gets to become one incredibly long night. Who will survive? I love how Mr. Bates sets the dynamics of the characters and lets the sparks fly. It is awesome!Thank you to Mr. Bates for giving me an ARC copy of this book to read and give my honest review.

  • JaeRavenClaw
    2019-03-20 23:47

    I really enjoy reading Bates' works. I started with Suicide Forest as he mixed two of my favorite things, horror and the Japanese culture, so I was happy when I found out there was a series. I was fortunate enough to be given a free copy of Island of the Dolls, but be assured that it didn't cloud my judgment. Bates is an excellent story-teller, he brings the creepy and the suspense. I love the switch between timelines in this book, between a young girl's life in the late 50s when mental retardation was something to be feared and the early 2000s when the story really takes place. Real life horror always trumps the gore of horror movies and Bates spins an page-turning tale of mystery, betrayal, and urban legends with just a bit of romance mixed in. I like how Bates takes real scary places of the world and is able to tell a (mostly) believable story surrounding them. I will admit that ending felt a little rushed, but it tied up the ends in a rather neat little bow. Now I just need to get my hands on Book 3, Helltown. It's great that the series can be read as stand-alone stories. I haven't been disappointed yet.

  • Ch
    2019-03-22 21:46

    The more you believe in something, the more that something becomes your reality.This was a fairly okay read. I didn't really get bored reading it and the writing, as always, had that easiness around it that just pulls you in and never lets you go till the end. but I think Island of the Dolls would be my least favorite in the series. It just feels different from the first three, it was a bit out of its element. It didn't have the same level of air of mysteriousness in Suicide Forest, the tension in Catacombs and the vileness of Helltown. And the reveal was somehow of a downer. I was expecting more though I must say the backstory provided was well-taught and connected. One thing would be the ending, it just ended. And the epilogue felt forced, it would be cool sometimes if no romance would be involved, not every story needs it, though I was happy on what happened in their lives.3.5 starsI can't wait for the next one! I received a free copy from the author through a giveaway. This does not, in any way, affect my review.

  • Brittany
    2019-03-08 21:38

    This genre was definitely new for me and I was honestly pretty skeptical to read it. I must admit that I do not enjoy horror movie. I am scared really easily and they freak me out. Reading a horror book was not what I expected at all. I really enjoyed the pace and there were twists and turns along the way which made you keep guessing and wanting to read more. I even liked the POV changing and even going back and forth in time. It wasn’t confusing to keep track of where you were and whose POV you were reading because each of the characters had such distinct voices. Not many of the characters were very likable but it didn’t detract from your enjoyment of the story. It wasn’t too scary but once you get about two thirds in I wouldn’t recommend reading this at night by yourself if you get freaked out easily. Overall I am glad I gave it a shot and really enjoyed the read. I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite genre but I would definitely consider picking up another one in the future. 3/5 stars. 10/1/17

  • Dawn
    2019-03-13 21:49

    The author kindly sent me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review...... Which probably wasn't entirely fair on my part! You see, I'd read an article on the actual "Island of the Dolls" - with photos - and was curious to see how/if Mr Bates would manage to make this place come alive in my mind without the aid of photos.Well, he did it and he did it well! I now have a far better mental picture... and that "What if...?" going on in my mind too.I don't scare easily, but for me "Island of the Dolls" is definitely creepy, and yes, I did actually jump at one point, and found myself chewing on a nail a time or two as well.Jeremy Bates' writing is seamless. The story flows beautifully, is easy to read, and about as captivating as horror gets (you know that feeling where you want the characters to just get out of the situation, but then again you don't want the story to stop? Yeah. That!).The book get extra points for tying things up nicely at the end, too.

  • Tara
    2019-02-24 19:58

    I was given this ebook by the author but this in no way sways my opinion on this review. I really enjoyed this book. I love how the author has taken a real location and spun his story from it. I'm quickly learning that anything that this author has is a must read. To try to sum it up quickly-there's a group of people who are traveling to the island of the dolls to film a creepy location documentary. The story flips between present day and in the past (where they tell how the legend was formed). The crew is followed and people are being murdered. No one has witnessed each murder so speculation grows on the truth behind this legend. The body count keeps growing as the remainders of the group struggle to survive until daylight when they can hopefully escape or be rescued. A very intense read with twists and turns the entire way!