The Dollhouse: A Novel
This novel about the Barbizon Hotel–referred as “The Dollhouse”–follows two parallel stories of women in two different eras in New York City. Rose, a journalist living at the Barbizon that is now converted into condos, becomes curious about the older occupant, Darby McLaughlin, a recluse. She begins to investigate what happened to Darby while her own life begins to fall apart.
The Dollhouse is fast paced and this time-shifting story is very hard to put down. The parallel run of stories is very gripping and enjoyable. In fact, it is a surprisingly good book for a debut writer. All the characters in this book are interesting and their stories very realistic. It is easy to connect to the characters’ points of view. The plot slowly reveals itself like a movie and ends on a convincing note. However, at times it feels like there is too much going on in the story and it drags for a few pages. Davis’s style of writing is effortless and visual; and she makes it easy to picture the scenes in the mind. Overall, a brilliant and page-turning book.