Saturday, October 23, 2021

Dolly: A Ghost Story by Susan Hill

Once again, I've chosen another horror themed audiobook to listen to during the month of October in honor of Halloween. This time it is a "ghost themed" audiobook titled, Dolly: A Ghost Story by Susan Hill and narrated by Cameron Stewart.

Dolly: A Ghost Story by Susan Hill is a short story and listening time is 3 hours, 16 minutes. This audiobook started out slowly, but soon picked up rather quickly and grabbed my attention. The story itself is told through Edward's point of view as he recounts his life pertaining to part of his youth spent with his aunt and young cousin, Lenora, and how this time period effected events his life and Lenora's as well. 

I didn't like the two main characters, Edward or Lenora, very much. Although, I did have a lot of sympathy for Edward's character. Anyway, I wasn't keen on many of the characters in Dolly, mainly because most of them didn't have much depth to them or they were too one dimensional. 

The ending for Dolly: A Ghost Story by Susan Hill was intriguing, but  not what I was expecting. This is the second short story I've read and reviewed by Susan Hill. I think I'll pass on anything else written by her in the future.

Below is the plot summary for Dolly: A Ghost Story by Susan Hill from Audible:
A chilling ghost story from the author of The Woman in Black, set in a crumbling English house...

The remoter parts of the English Fens are forlorn, lost, and damp even in the height of summer. At Iyot Lock, a large decaying house, two young cousins, Leonora and Edward, are parked for the summer with their aging spinster aunt and her cruel housekeeper. At first the unpleasantness and petty meanness appear simply spiteful, calculated to destroy Edward's equanimity. But when the spoiled Leonora is not given the birthday present of a specific dolly that she wants, affairs inexorably take a much darker turn with terrifying, life-destroying consequences for everyone.
I am giving Dolly: A Ghost Story by Susan Hill a rating of 2 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!


  1. Nah, I think I'll give this one a miss, although it certainly fits the Halloween theme.

  2. Depthless characters are never much fun. Sorry about this one.

    1. Well, at least I gave it a try and it was a short listen!! But yes, depth less characters are no fun at all.