Do you have a phobia of creepy dolls? Do you ever see a mannequin in a store and wonder, “did that thing just move?”
Yeah, I didn’t think so. Me either! Not that I would admit anyway! The cover of Sebastian by P.D. Cacek was sufficiently creepy enough to entice me. The premise of a creepy doll story and an eccentric artist sounded like a great combination for a good horror story.
The main character’s (Morgan’s) mother is an eccentric artist – a photographer – who picks up a mannequin from a store that was unloading unwanted items. The mannequin quickly becomes the subject of her photographs and is given Morgan’s hand-me-down clothes and named Sebastian. Morgan wonders if his mother isn’t becoming a little obsessed with the doll, but she is an artist after all. She isn’t crazy. She’s eccentric.
The book involves family drama, a bit of strangeness, more family drama. But it lacks quite a bit on the horror I was expecting. It was still a good book, but I wouldn’t recommend going into it expecting a lot of horror or frights. It will definitely fall short if you expect that. I’ll give this book three out of five stars – good, but it didn’t wow me.
My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher, Flame Tree Press, for making this ARC available for me to read in exchange for my honest opinion.