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Praised by The Girl on the Train author Paula Hawkins and a Radio 2 Book Club choice, Elizabeth Macneal's debut novel The Doll Factory is a provocative and tantalising tale of art, obsession and possession in Victorian London.
It's 1850 and Iris wants nothing more than to be an artist. The greatest spectacle London has ever seen is being built in Hyde Park and it's while in the crowd that she meets Silas, a collector entranced by anything strange and beautiful.
Soon after, Iris is asked to model for pre-Raphaelite artist Louis Frost and she agrees on the condition that he teach her to paint. This opens a world of opportunities for her, but Silas is also becoming dangerously obsessed with everything Iris does...
We couldn't put this expertly crafted historical mystery down and would recommend it to anyone who enjoyed The Miniaturist.