Ten year old Derek, his mother, and his little sister Annie live in the town of Weirdville. One day they spot a new shop called The Doll Maker that seems to have sprung up overnight. Annie whines all day until her mother buys her the creepy and extremely life-like doll they saw in the window earlier that day. Why do all the kids have to have one of these dolls after they see them? Derek sets out with his best friends, Jamie and Martin, to investigate the doll shop, and they discover that something very weird indeed is going on.
The author does a great job of creating a creepy and foreboding atmosphere. The story is slightly predictable but well executed and with a twist in the tale. It is reminiscent of R. L. Stine's Goosebumps series, which the author cites as one of her influences. This book is best suited to children ages 6 to 12 who don't mind a bit of a fright.
I received this book in return for an honest review.