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The Doll Funeral

Fiction: Suspense
Unabridged   9.5 hour(s)
Publication date: 08/15/2017

The Doll Funeral

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681687872
Digital Download ISBN:9781681687889


On Ruby's thirteenth birthday, a wish she didn't even know she had suddenly comes true: the couple who raised her aren't her parents at all. Her real mother and father are out there somewhere, and Ruby becomes determined to find them.

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Venturing into the forest with nothing but a suitcase and the company of her only true friend—the imaginary Shadow Boy—Ruby discovers a group of siblings who live alone in the woods. The children take her in, and while they offer the closest Ruby's ever had to a family, Ruby begins to suspect that they might need her even more than she needs them. And it's not always clear what's real and what's not—or who's trying to help her and who might be a threat.

Told from shifting timelines, and the alternating perspectives of teenage Ruby; her mother, Anna; and even the Shadow Boy, The Doll Funeral is a dazzling follow-up to Kate Hamer's breakout debut, The Girl in the Red Coat, and a gripping, exquisitely mysterious novel about the connections that remain after a family has been broken apart.


“Grindell reads Shadow Boy’s thoughts and story, while Powell uses a variety of British accents and moves easily through shifting time periods and the alternating perspectives of the remaining characters.” —Booklist Review Audio

"Powell is particularly effective in capturing the characters’ emotions, from Mick’s menacing rage and Barbara’s frightened timidity to the three teens’ bravado mixed with despair. However, it is Powell’s portrayal of Ruby, revealing the depth and breadth of her emotions, that will grip listeners.”—Booklist

"Narrators Shaun Grindell and Emma Powell create compelling voices for the main characters, Ruby, Shadow Boy, and Anna." —AudioFile

"Hamer handles language beautifully, fashioning effortlessly evocative sentences that place the reader beside Ruby, like one of her many ghosts." —Booklist Starred Review

"This is an elegiac and uplifting novel about the indissoluble bonds between mothers and daughters and a reminder of how the imagination can set you free.” —Melanie McGrath, The Guardian

“I felt instantly protective of Ruby; the teenager with a secret so chilling I had to check the front door was locked. Hamer’s brilliant storytelling made me read on for fear Ruby’s fate depended on it.” —Anna Silverman, Grazia

“Hamer’s ability to conjure an atmosphere is certainly powerful. Particularly resonant is her portrait of the beauty and menace of the Forest of Dean.” —Rebecca Nicholson, The Sunday Times

“What holds the novel together is the tremendous momentum of the story itself, which gathers pace with every page, hooking you into its strangeness and keeping you hooked to the very last word.” —Rebecca Abrams, Financial Times

Author Bio

Kate Hamer is the author of The Girl in the Red Coat, which was a Costa First Novel Award finalist, a Dagger Award finalist, an Amazon Best Book of the Year 2016 and a winner of the ELLE Lettres Readers' Prize. She lives in Cardiff, Wales, with her husband and two children.