The Dollhouse is a haunting and magical middle grade mystery. Though written for a middle grade level, I was easily pulled in by the intrigue of the dollhouse and the wonderfully written characters. Alice was highly imaginative and anxious, placed in a setting where her imagination could run wild and dealing with many novel situations. Lily has a developmental difference that allows her to see the world as open and welcoming. I really enjoyed that Alice and Lily were fast friends. The dollhouse world was fascinating. I equally enjoyed the girls in the dollhouse, Bubbles and Fizz and how they reflected people in Alice's real world. The mystery of the dollhouse and how Alice was connected to it kept me guessing until the end. The themes that Alice and Mrs. Bishop dealt with throughout the book, grief, divorce and loss of self identity are just as engaging.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.