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  • His first wish was to grow taller, and he did
  • However the plots would soon converge and fit together

    • by Jacinth K Lee

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      The Killing Doll was written by Ruth Rendell, and first published by Arrow Books in 1985.

      Before he was sixteen, Pup had sold his soul to the devil. His first wish was to grow taller, and he did. He had aspired to be a magician, or rather, a geomancer. His sister, Dolly, adored him and believed in his magical powers. Their mother died after a long illness, and they soon had a new stepmother, when his father married the neighbor’s daughter, Myra, a shallow, insincere woman, whose main objective in life was to land a husband.

      Dolly didn’t like Myra, so she made a doll like Myra and stuck pins into it, and got Pup to call up his magic on her. Myra got pregnant but died from self-abortion; however Dolly believed that Pup’s magic had killed her.

      Pup soon 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 But Dolly, shy and withdrawn because of her facial disfigurement, was often alone at home.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 and lived in her own world of delusions, even seeing and talking with her dead mother and Myra.

        Meanwhile, in a boardinghouse soon to be demolished, a demented young man, Diarmit, suffering from split personalities, found refuge in a tunnel nearby. Thinking that he would get a job as a butcher, he bought some knives. There was the murder of a girl, who was beheaded, creating fear and tension everywhere.

        Ruth Rendell wrote very intriguing stories with ingenious plots; sometimes I wonder how the different plots would relate to each other, like the separate lives of

        Pup & Dolly, and Diarmit. However the plots would soon converge and fit together.

        Rendell creates psychologically warped, yet fascinating characters; she was able to bring out the darkness in the hearts of lonely souls, like Diarmit and Dolly the confusion and turmoil in their minds. It is rather frightening to read about how loneliness can turn a person’s mind; how some people can hide their madness and delusions behind seemingly normal façades. This is not an easy book to read; yet it is spellbinding. It kept me awake, and I could not stop reading until the end.

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