A book of short stories isn’t something that I would normally pick up and read, but when I got the chance to read the book and be part of the TLC blog tour, I jumped at the chance. I mean, Daphne Du Maurier wrote Rebecca – she’s fabulous – and it stands to reason that her short stories will be, too, right? RIGHT!
The Doll: The Lost Short Stories by Daphne Du Maurier might sound like a sweet title, but anyone who’s read any of Du Maurier’s popular books, know how twisted her tales can be. (The Doll will leave you with a dropped jaw, believe me) She likes to draw you in and then totally blow your mind. The writings included in this book do just that. Plus, you get to see more unpolished works and almost grow as she grows and her writing becomes more developed. What a mind she had – far ahead of her time. I can’t imagine the flack she must have taken back then for writing such wonderfully distorted stories. There is even a bit of comedy which surprised me!
This is a great book to read if you don’t have a ton of time – the stories are short (which is obvious by the title) – but it’s also a bad book if you don’t have a ton of time – it will suck you in! It will make a great gift for the book lover on your list, too. Chances are they haven’t read these stories yet.