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In a shabby London suburb, sixteen-year-old Pup Yearman dabbles in magic. But for Pup's older sister Dolly, the magic is more than dabbling. Deformed by a facial birthmark, Dolly desperately wants to be cured, and her obsession with Pup's magic sends her on a dangerous downward spiral into confusion, madness, and possibly murder. And meanwhile, in a squalid boardinghouse nIn a shabby London suburb, sixteen-year-old Pup Yearman dabbles in magic. But for Pup's older sister Dolly, the magic is more than dabbling. Deformed by a facial birthmark, Dolly desperately wants to be cured, and her obsession with Pup's magic sends her on a dangerous downward spiral into confusion, madness, and possibly murder. And meanwhile, in a squalid boardinghouse not far away, a young Irishman sharpens a set of butcher knives . . ....

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ISBN : 9788422629108
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Number of Pages : 237 Pages
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La muñeca asesina Reviews

  • Philip
    2019-02-23 15:17

    Interesting to find so much dislike for this novel here, and for the very reasons so many Ruth Rendell fans LOVE her books!!! I first read it in the late 1980s, during my early days as a Rendell reader, and have returned to it several times - my current 'read' is probably the fourth time around. Along with THE BRIDESMAID and MAKE DEATH LOVE ME, I find it to be one of her strongest and most compelling novels of psychological suspense, and like them, yes, it's one of her darkest. It's also one of her best depictions of a person's mind becoming unhinged and detached from reality, a Rendell specialty. This is classic Rendell, with characters and plot moving inexorably and inevitably to a disastrous collision with destiny.

  • Lisa H.
    2019-03-06 09:15

    About 150 pages in, I thought, Where in the hell is this going? About 3/4 of the way through, things started to coalesce. By the time I was done, I was just... bored. I realize that all around me people are living tiny, dull, sometimes repulsive lives, but I don't understand Ms. Rendell's decision to populate this book with some of the most unpleasant people I've ever "met" in the pages of a book. Peter ("Pup") and Doreen ("Dolly") live with their parents in what was their grandparents' home, a large but poorly maintained house in London. At the outset, Pup is 15 and Dolly is around 20, still living at home and, due to the benighted attitudes of her parents, condemned never to marry or hold a job outside the home because of her "disfigurement" - which, as far as I could discern, is simply a large facial birthmark. Dolly believes that anyone who sees her is disgusted by this mark (and she is correct, in some instances) and mostly stays indoors, having virtually no real human contact other than her family and a few neighbors. She and her mother Edith earn some income as seamstresses, making clothing and doing alterations in their home, and after (view spoiler)[Edith's death early in the book (hide spoiler)] Dolly continues sporadically in the trade. Pup becomes fascinated with the study of the occult and appropriates use of a room in the house's unused third floor for his temple. Dolly is intrigued by his studies, being herself peripherally involved in the spiritualist activities of a neighbor. Over the next six years, Pup exhausts his interest in magic, except to use it as an excuse to be gone from the house in the evenings, but Dolly increasingly sees her younger brother as some sort of adept, believing that he has magical powers and can (among other things) bring success to their apathetic father Harold, who spends his free time with his nose buried in an endless succession of histories and historical novels, contributing virtually nothing to family life. Eventually, as Dolly becomes an alcoholic and more unhinged by the week, she perceives Pup's supposed magical abilities as the means to take action against anyone who threatens their insular little world - especially when the neighbor's 30-something year old daughter Myra contrives to become the widowed Harold's second wife, and banishes Pup and Dolly to the third floor.Simultaneously, a mentally ill young Irishman comes to live nearby, and although his path nearly crosses with that of Dolly and Pup several times, they will not meet until the very end of the book. (This is one aspect of the book I particularly don't "get": the Irishman serves virtually no purpose except as a bogeyman, which could have been accomplished just as easily - and I think would have been much more effective - with a faceless No Man. It didn't move the story forward at all, rambling around in this guy's head.) Dolly is pathetic; Pup is a complete opportunist and womanizer; Myra is a gold-digger (albeit with ridiculously low standards); Harold is an oblivious lump; the spiritualists are a bunch of credulous ninnies. On the whole, a thoroughly loathsome cast of characters.

  • Deirdre
    2019-02-24 10:22

    Whatever you do...don't read this book. There isn't one character that is likable. The story, such as it is, moves at a snail's pace. The ending was predictable. The writing is stuffy...prissy. It was obvious that the storyteller thought that the ending was shocking and powerful...but it was just predictable and flat. Heed my warning...don't read this book!

  • Adam Nevill
    2019-03-08 08:28

    Only the second Ruth Rendell I have read and it was compelling. In fact, I was reminded of early Ian McKewan. Really insightful writing about a large cast of misfits and outsiders in London, with a curious atmosphere of the erotic, supernormal and occult magic. The spiritualist meetings were delightfully weird and grotesquely memorable.

  • Ronald Wise
    2019-03-04 16:03

    A chronology of the development of psychosis in two London outcasts, whose destinies intermingle without them ever meeting. Also an examination of the pursuit of power through the occult, and especially black magic. The Book-of-the-Month Club selected this book for me in 1984 and I read it the first time in the late 1980s. I was once again stunned by how it ends.

  • Claire (Clairby11xxx)
    2019-03-19 14:59

    (7/10)"I kill, therefore I am."This is one of those books I feel I shouldn't give too much away about, suffice to say it is about a teenage boy who sells his soul to the devil and how that decision affects his sister's life. When I say devil I do not mean a literal character, this is not a fantasy, rather a suspenseful study of the occult and mental illness, touching on alcoholism and with a bit of murder thrown in for good measure. Sounds cheery doesn't it?I honestly had no idea where this was going until I was about 70% through it, Rendell builds the tension very well throughout and kept me interested enough to carry on while I had absolutely no idea what was going to happen. The characters are some of the more interesting I have read about (maybe because this would not be my go to choice of genre) and the narration was constantly switching between them which I really enjoyed. By the end I could tell who's mind I was in even if it wasn't made clear for a couple of sentences.This is a book where the small things matter, you notice the routines of the characters and their little quirks. There is no travelling and the whole book revolves around one house in a London suburb. I think the small scope completely absorbed me and I emerged from the last page a little stunned at having been dumped back into reality.If you like a little bit of darkness and a slow burn then this is the book for you.

  • Margaret
    2019-03-03 14:14

    I have one word for why I loved this book so much: Diarmit! Okay so he was a whack job extraordinare and a killer but hey it's fiction so I had no qualms whatsoever in laughing at the man who remains the funniest antagonist I have ever read. The main characters were interesting as well but I always looked forward to returning to Diarmit and his red (Conal's) clothes versus the other (Diarmit's) clothes debacle. You'll just have to read it to find out what I mean and if you have a sense of humor you will laugh at Diarmit too.

  • Martina Sartor
    2019-03-19 11:09

    Il libro non mi ha colpita come speravo. La fragilità psichica di Dolly, dovuta in gran parte al suo difetto fisico (una vistosa voglia sul viso), la porta a rifugiarsi nell'alcol e nell'illusione della magia. Ma questo, più che farmi provar simpatia per lei, mi ha fatto provare avversione: perché invece di cullare illusioni non ha provato a vivere la sua vita in modo diverso? La parte di storia che riguarda l'assassino invece (la trama gialla) è troppo breve per coinvolgere davvero. Anche qui è tutto giocato sulla dissociazione psichica dell'assassino e non c'è mistero da risolvere. Insomma questo indagare la parte oscura dell'animo umano da parte della Rendell non mi ha coinvolto più di tanto.

  • Lizzie
    2019-03-24 16:03

    Ruth Rendell does the dark and twisty mind so well!

  • John
    2019-03-04 08:17

    Glancing at the publication date of this, 1984, I was prepared to describe it as an early Rendell; yet according to the "Also by" list on the half-title verso she'd already by this time published a dozen Wexford novels (which surprised me less), ten of her psychological thrillers and three books of short stories. (I've no idea if by 1984 she'd instituted her Barbara Vine alter ego.) The main focus is on brother and sister Pup and Dolly; he as a boy sold his soul to the Devil and took up the practice of ritual White Magic, although since discovering sex he's grown out of such fancies; she, the older sibling, has had a life marred by people's negative attitudes toward her facial nevus and latterly by her steady heavy drinking, and refuses to believe her little brother isn't a powerful magus -- a conception bolstered by some not-too-implausible coincidences, primarily the sudden death of the pair's despised stepmother after a cod ritual involving the desecration of a doll of her. Dolly, having attended far too many faked Spiritualist meetings, is convinced the ghosts of her mother and now the stepmother accompany her everywhere, commenting on her every action and offering her advice whether or not it's needed. A secondary focus of the plot concerns the seriously insane Diarmit Bawne, who lives undiagnosed nearby; already his profound delusions have led him to murder and mutilate an innocent. Much of the tension of The Killing Doll is our knowledge of the inevitability of these two plot strands being brought together . . . Absorbing, claustrophobic, powerful: all the usual adjectives applied to Rendell's psychological thrillers apply here. It's not in the top drawer of those, but it's a well-wrought piece nonetheless.

  • Sistermagpie
    2019-03-18 09:04

    Three for three with Ruth Rendell so far. This story concerns another family both too close and at odds at the same time. Dolly, a young very sheltered woman with a birthmark that's kept her in hiding most of her life, dotes on her teenage brother Pup. When he decides to become a magician (sorry, geomancer) Alister Crowley-style and sells his soul to the devil, she supports him all the way. Pup grows out of his adolescent interest and belief in magic. Dolly's not so lucky. She doesn't realize magic isn't real, that her brother didn't really sell his soul to the devil...or did he?

  • Wendy
    2019-03-11 12:21

    I probably liked this book more than I should have just because it was an adult book after reading so many teen books. The writing is just so different when an author actually tries. Anyway, there didn't seem to be much of a plot and I didn't care one bit about the characters, but I still wanted to see what would happen since the characters were so bizarre. Maybe I'll try some of her other books since she was quite famous in her time. Perhaps this book was a fluke and her others will be better.

  • Jack Fricker
    2019-03-14 12:24

    Basically a story about mental illness. Each character seems to have one to some degree or other.This is a quick read and that's the reason I finished it. Otherwise it is fairly bleak and the characters all either unlikeable or pathetic. The writing is good and there is no rambling or unnecessary descriptiveness.Overall though I didn't find this book enjoyable - it was fairly predictable and just depressing.

  • Arwen
    2019-03-15 09:10

    Rendell's characters are wierd, bizarre, socially inept and just plain crazy. During the course of a book at least one of them descends even further into madness with murderous consequences.This one concentrates on three such characters whose lives become intertwined, unknown to themselves. It is well written with several twists to the plot which kept me guessing as to the final outcome. A typical Rendell story, creepy and effective.

  • Omaira
    2019-03-17 16:27

    "Un relato con poco interés, cuyo principal punto a favor es su corta duración y ciertos capítulos donde la trama es ágil. Apenas hay misterio, no hay tensión y el desarrollo de la trama ofrece pocas sorpresas"Reseña completa: http://entrelalecturayelcine.blogspot...

  • Jeanine
    2019-03-07 09:19

    Weird rather convoluted story of a woman going crazy.

  • Chris
    2019-03-09 14:17

    Spooky story. Was it really a pact with the devil or something else entirely? Freaky good mystery that sticks with you after reading it.

  • Michaelbatte
    2019-03-09 11:09

    very surprising ending - strange book but kept me hooked the whole read

  • Amy
    2019-02-23 09:26

    My first book by Ruth Rendell and I couldn't stop reading it. Such strange and psychologically interesting characters. Definitely will be reading more.

  • Sally
    2019-03-01 13:25

    3.5 I think, really enjoyed the writing but I did guess the ending.

  • Kate
    2019-03-23 09:09

    This is probably my new favorite Rendell!

  • Marie-Antoinette
    2019-03-09 12:26

    The winter before he was sixteen, Pup's Mum died and he sells his soul to the devil. He wasn't quite sure what he was going to get in exchange. For the time being, all he asked for was to be happy, and to grow a bit taller. Even though she was older than Pup, Dolly was always in awe of her brother. More and more, she wanted to believe that he had occult powers and could do anything. Magic could remove the birthmark from her face and make her normal. Magic could kill their wicked stepmother, Myra. Pup laughs when Dolly shows him an effigy of Myra: a rag doll, about fifteen inches high, with knitted nylon skin and rust-coloured wool hair. Dolly sticks it full of pins. Myra dies due to trying to abort a child. Doly believes that she killed her. Dolly then begins to hear voices of both her mother and Myra. On the other part of town is Diarmit Brawne who has moved into Conal Moore's apartment. Conal has been questioned of several crimes, and with other things Diarmit has become paroniod, taking shelter in a tunnel behind a mattress in the day. There ended up being a murder near the tunnel, the head was cut off. It ended up being a girl that had entered the tunnel. Dolly ends up making dresses and dolls for different people. She ends up becoming attached to Yvonne Colefax. Yvonne ends up confessing to Dolly that her husband, George, is cheating on her with another man. Ashley. Dolly ends up trying to get Pup to help her like they did with Myra. After helping, Pup decides that Dolly is taking things to far. Pup left school and joined his father in business, and he gradually became more interested in women, success and the real world around him; magic was nothing more than a passing thing. But Dolly, shy and withdrawn because of her facial disfigurement, was often alone at home. She soon lost touch with reality. Dolly tries to take things into her own hands and pushes who she thinks is Ashley, it ends up being George. But during the day she did this deed she lost her necklace. When searching for her necklace she goes in the tunnel where Diarmit is waiting.

  • Judith
    2019-03-01 10:23

    It's a complex mixing of two separate stories. The main story is about Dolly and Pup, siblings. While a young boy Pup gets interested in magic and becomes quite obsessed with it. Dolly goes along, making him a cape and helping him with his spells as needed. Over time, Dolly's interest grows while Pup's declines. Over time, too, Dolly's need for Pup becomes greater than his need for her. The book was written in the early 1980s, and I believe the story takes place in the 1950s. I don't remember if this is explicitly stated. I suspect it because of attitudes expressed in the book more than from anything else. Dolly was born with a large birthmark on her face. Her parents and others assume that she has no chance for a normal married life because of this "defect". She is taken out of school early and taught to sew. She accepts her position in life, while doting on her younger brother. When their mother dies, Dolly steps in as substitute mom.The second story is about Diarmit. Diarmit comes from a large Irish family. An accident changed his mental state and he is no longer able to work as a butcher. He lands in an apartment, where he spends most of his time dwelling on the world he has created in his head. That world is a troubling place, and he has to protect himself from it. Diarmit has a set of knives that are great protection. There is a point when Pup and Diarmit meet, peripherally, but it is a glancing meeting that changes neither. Thus the stories continue on their paths to an inevitable collision.As with many of Rendell's stories, this one contains characters who are not perfect. The flaws are what make the plots work and make the characters interesting. It is easy to be drawn into this world and take it with you.

  • Liam
    2019-03-11 14:25

    I loved this book. Then again, I love reading about doomed people, and this work is chock full of 'em.Relatively plot-less by Rendell's standards, the novel nevertheless does an excellent job chronicling the delectably miserable lives of two delusional outcasts; one is a jobless, dole-surfing, nervy Irish man who hails from the same part of the Emerald Isle as I do. The other is a young woman who, due to a facial deformity and sloppy parenting, becomes a batshit crazy alcoholic who talks to herself and summons the Egyptian God of Death Anubis to wreck havoc on people she barely even knows. It's a bit more discordant and forced than later works of a similar ilk ("A Sight For Sore Eyes" comes to mind as superior in terms of structure), but by golly did I find this to be a whopping read.Avoid if you dislike reading about embittered, hateful souls who are long past redemption, instead choosing to spend their evenings drinking wine and performing black magic.

  • deb
    2019-03-25 12:04

    Wish I could remember that I don't particularly like Ruth Rendell (I forget every couple of years) and this book is a perfect example of why. How can something that's less than 300 pages plod along so incredibly slowly? Characters were universally unpleasant (well, the two cats were fine, but they were tertiary) and the ending was obvious, just couldn't figure how it was going to get there. Bleah.

  • Johannes Herrmann
    2019-03-17 08:17

    It's a fairly short book and I admit that I didn't finish more than about half of it. By that time the utter depression of the character's lives had gotten me into a sufficiently bad mood that I'm turning to something brighter. I won't be bothering to finish this one, although someone who appreciates the interactions of ... unusual and broken people may the best way to put it ... might well enjoy this one.

  • Amanda Wells
    2019-03-08 16:01

    Wow. Now THAT'S how you wrap up a book. Cleverly written, neither confirming now denying the plausibility of spooky reasoning, this book had me hooked. I'd love to see a movie version of this - except that it'd be horribly bleak.

  • Cyd
    2019-03-05 10:05

    She writes madness so well.

  • Cindy
    2019-03-26 13:19

    This author has a very scary way of letting you know what the characters are flawed as they are! So bizarre!

  • Ulrike Böhm
    2019-03-17 16:14

    Way tooooo much!Ich wäre mitgegangen, wenn RR nur die Entwicklung *eines* Psychopathen beschrieben hätte - das macht sie auch in diesem Buch stilsicher und glaubhaft. Aber müssen es gleich zwei (!) Psychos sein, (view spoiler)[von denen auch noch einer den anderen umbringt? (hide spoiler)] Das ist für meinen Geschmack übertrieben und an den Haaren herbeigezogen. Das on top einer Handlung, in der es zum großen Teil um schwarze Magie geht, das war zuviel des Guten.Eigentlich hat dieser Roman nicht eine Figur, an der ich mich festhalten konnte, von der ich sagen konnte: Die mag ich. Das hat in mir ein Gefühl der Abneigung gegen das gesamte Figurenensemble befördert. Auch hier: viel zu viel Negatives und nicht ein Anker, an dem sich der Leser festhalten kann. Am normalsten erscheint mir noch Harold zu sein, der Vater, aber selbst er hat seine Grenzen.Alles in allem eine unerwartet schlechte Leseerfahrung - gut, dass das nicht mein erstes Buch von RR war, das ich gelesen habe (in fact, ich habe *alle* ihre Romane, bin also durchaus ein Fan!), ich glaube, ich hätte in dem Fall nie wieder eins von ihr zur Hand genommen. Sorry, Ms Rendell!