Sarban (a pseudonym for John William Wall) builds the story very slowly. The Doll Maker at first seems only a tale of boy meets girl, but then it’s revealed this is no ordinary boy. Niall is interested in dark arts and placing the girls he meets under his spell. It is a creepy and haunting tale and difficult to guess whether Clare will prevail over Niall.
About the audiobook: Sarban’s The Doll Maker is narrated by Gabrielle de Cuir whose voice does well to create an appropriately creepy atmosphere. The audio version was published in 2015 by Blackstone Audio and runs a little under seven hours.
Review copy provided by Audiobook Jukebox.