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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
A Cemetery of Dolls is a work of fiction in the thriller, suspense, and interpersonal drama subgenres. It is intended for the young adult reading audience. Penned by author Mandi Martin, this engaging work draws readers into a mysterious island shrouded in tales and secrets. When Stephen ventures to this enigmatic place, he discovers a chilling reality: living dolls yearning for freedom and a creator who defies death through mechanical means. As Stephen becomes entwined in their plight, he faces challenges that test his courage and humanity.
Author Mandi Martin has crafted a truly captivating tale of suspense, blending elements of fantasy and horror to deliver a unique YA thriller that lingers in the darkest corners of your mind. The narrative unfolds with a sense of eerie fascination, keeping readers hooked through several twists, and there’s always a sense of momentum to the storytelling, assuring us that Stephen is headed for yet more dread with every discovery he makes. The use of descriptive lexis creates scenes with cinematic detail, and the author employs a close narrative technique with our central hero to give a visceral sense of the fear he’s experiencing, which results in a horrifyingly immersive and satisfying reading experience. Through this use of vivid imagery and compelling storytelling, Martin creates a haunting world where the line between reality and nightmare blurs. Overall, A Cemetery of Dolls is an accomplished novel and a bone-chilling journey that leaves readers questioning the limits of human ingenuity and the price of seeking answers in forbidden realms. I would not hesitate to recommend it.