The Fifth Doll by Charlie Holmberg
To get you in the spooky spirit, I highly recommend the lastest book by Charlie Holmberg. She is quickly becoming my favorite author because no book has disappointed me yet. I really feel like I cannot lose if I pre-order her work.
The Fifth Doll has been given a horror label by the publisher, but I'm not sold on that distinction. The entire time I was reading the novel, I was waiting for that big tingling moment that made me want to hide the book in a chest at the bottom of the ocean, and it just never came.
There is a distinct creep factor to the story from several characters and the overall mechanics of the magic in the story. But I actually found that The Paper Magician raised more hairs than The Fifth Doll.
What really made me love this story as much as all of Holmberg's works was the depth of moral inspection. We once again have a heroine that is presented with the two sides of loving someone and the moral questions that can bring forth. I am always up for a good book that makes me introspective.
What would happen if you opened your first doll? You'll just have to go get a copy and read this amazing story to figure out what that question means and how you would answer it. Now it's time for me to go off and do lots of autumn stuff.
I can say that I have been on a definite Slavic folk kick lately with both my video games and stories. Now I'm working my way through The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden, the sequel to the amazingly gifted The Bear and the Nightingale.