The Disassembly of Doreen Durand by Ryan Collett

Thank you to Ceris at Sandstone Press for a proof copy of this debut novel to read and review.


From her apartment window, Doreen Durand witnesses a horrific accident.

Officer Solloway wants to know what she saw. Doreen doesn’t want to tell him – or anyone. But when she runs away it’s straight into the fantastic world of the wealthy and mysterious Violet Cascade.

With Officer Solloway in pursuit, and life becoming more bizarre by the day, Doreen is caught up in a surreal game of cat and mouse.

My thoughts:

Doreen’s life is spiralling out of control. Her flatmate has left, the furniture is being sold off and then she witnesses a fatal accident.

Due to her own mental health issues, she doesn’t ring for help and the police went to know why. But then she disappears with Violet Cascade, who just appears in the middle of this.

This is a difficult book to review without any spoilers. I enjoyed reading the story although I have to be honest and say that I didn’t totally understand the ending. The book moves through a number of genres and is a well written debut novel.

Author Bio:

Ryan Collett is a writer, knitter, and animator. He grew up in Oregon and now lives in London where he works as an editor. He also runs a popular YouTube channel devoted to knitting. The Disassembly of Doreen Durand is his first novel.

By Karen K is reading

An avid reader from the age of 4. Love escaping into a good novel after a busy day working with students. Mum of teenagers. Adopter of dogs.

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