ISBN 0380765691 - This is a nice quick read for an adult, and if you've got a child who has nightmares easily, I suggest you quickly read it before turning it over to him or her. It's not particularly scary, but easily scared kids will disagree with me!
As far as Carole's concerned, nothing is as it should be - they are far from their "real" home, the one they'd shared with her father before the divorce, and they are moving in with Uncle Jake, but Uncle Jake is missing. From the moment they arrive, Carole finds the house a little spooky. The house has nothing on Perky Patty.
Perky Patty is a lifesized doll that resembles the daughter Jake lost years ago, the daughter who grew up with Carole's mother and after whom Carole was named. She also bears a striking and disturbing resemblance to Carole! Perky Patty begins to walk and talk on her own but will only talk to Carole. Is this real? Or is it Carole's mis-placed sorrow over her parents' divorce and the loss of her lifelong home? And what, if anything, does the doll have to do with Uncle Jake being missing?