In order to pursue her dream of learning to paint, Iris must make some difficult decisions. When she finds herself wrapped up in a creative commune of artists calling themselves the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, she soon realises that someone is watching her - someone who will do anything to possess her. Elizabeth MacNeal has created a haunting and thrilling novel that had me gripped from start to finish. Full of suspense and curiosity, this confident debut is not to be missed.
- Recommended by Rhea Cassidy, Dubray Dun Laoghaire
'A sharp, scary, gorgeously evocative tale of love, art and obsession' Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train
The Doll Factory, the debut novel by Elizabeth Macneal, is an intoxicating story of art, obsession and possession.
London. 1850. The Great Exhibition is being erected in Hyde Park and among the crowd watching the spectacle two people meet. For Iris, an aspiring artist, it is the encounter of a moment - forgotten seconds later, but for Silas, a collector entranced by the strange and beautiful, that meeting marks a new beginning.
When Iris is asked to model for pre-Raphaelite artist Louis Frost, she agrees on the condition that he will also teach her to paint. Suddenly her world begins to expand, to become a place of art and love.
But Silas has only thought of one thing since their meeting, and his obsession is darkening . . .