The past is waiting...
**Winner of the BGE Crime Fiction Book of the Year 2013 Award**
People say that the truth can set you free. But what if the truth is not something you want to hear?
Thirty-five years ago Adrian Hamilton drowned. At the time his death was reported as a tragic accident but the exact circumstances remained a mystery.
Now his daughter Clodagh, trying to come to terms with her past, visits a hypnotherapist who unleashes disturbing childhood memories of her father's death. And as Clodagh delves deeper into her subconscious, memories of another tragedy come to light - the death of her baby sister.
Meanwhile criminal psychologist Dr Kate Pearson is called in to help in the investigation of a murder after a body is found in a Dublin canal. When Kate digs beneath the surface of the killing, she discovers a sinister connection to the Hamilton family.
What terrible events took place in the Hamilton house all those years ago? And what connects them to the recent murder?
Time is running out for Clodagh and Kate.
And the killer has already chosen his next victim . . .
Born in Dublin, Louise Phillips returned to writing in 2006, after raising her family. That year, she was selected by Dermot Bolger as an emerging talent in the county. Louise's work has been published as part of many anthologies, including County Lines from New Island, and various literary journals. In 2009, she won the Jonathan Swift Award for her short story Last Kiss, and in 2011 she was a winner in the Irish Writers' Centre Lonely Voice platform. She has also been short-listed for the Molly Keane Memorial Award, Bridport UK, and long-listed twice for the RTE Guide/Penguin Short Story Competition.
In 2012, she was awarded an Arts Bursary for Literature from South Dublin County Council. Her debut novel, Red Ribbons, was shortlisted for Best Irish Crime Novel of the Year (2012) in the Irish Book Awards.
The Doll's House is her second novel.
Chilling, mesmerising. Gets under your skin and stays with you (The Doll's House) — Niamh O'Connor
(The Doll's House is) a gripping, suspenseful story peopled with well-drawn characters — Irish Independent
A real page turner ... Phillips' book (The Doll's House) is laced with tension and gradually builds to a thrilling finale. What's particularly great about the novel is the author's fearlessness in delving into the darker recesses of the Irish capital — The Irish Post
[The Doll's House] is every bit as good as her debut, Red Ribbons, this time with much more of a slant towards a psychological thriller which fans of Sophie Hannah and SJ Watson will devour — Writing.ie
Phillips doesn't shy away from the harsh realities of Dublin city ... Her characters are well-crafted, the plot interesting and well-executed and, at the risk of sounding cliché, a page turner. It's gritty and it's dark, but at the same time hopeful. [The Doll's House] is a brilliant read. I devoured it. — Emu Ink
If you enjoy the psychological thrillers of writers in the same vein as Sophie Hannah, Erin Kelly et al, [The Doll's House] sits very comfortably. I will definitely be seeking out Phillips' first novel Red Ribbons on the strength of this one — Raven Crime Reads
A cracker of a novel, highly recommended, a phenomenal debut (Red Ribbons) — Arlene Hunt
Red Ribbons is an absolutely brilliant book ... spine-tingling with loads of twists and turns. A debut novel from a great writer who will soon be up there with the likes of Patricia Cornwell — Stafford FM
Dark, spooky but believable — Irish Examiner
Red Ribbons has been getting rave reviews, especially for the insight it offers into the emotions of a mother who has lost her child — Irish Mail on Sunday
The pace of this book is spot on, revealing information from the killer's past bit by bit to keep the reader turning the pages (Red Ribbons) — Novelicious