Title: Baby Doll
Author: Hollie Overton
Pub. Date: 7/12/2016
Escape was just the beginning.
Held captive for eight years, Lily has grown from a teenager to an adult in a small basement prison. Her daughter Sky has been a captive her whole life. But one day their captor leaves the deadbolt unlocked.
My Review: 5/5
After reading a number of books that were good, but not “oh my gosh that book was so awesome”, I tumbled across Baby Doll in my huge TBR list on Netgalley. It had the elements that automatically drew me in: being kidnapped and twins.
It starts out with Lily escaping a ‘prison’. The prison meaning a deranged man’s basement where she was held captive for the past six years. He makes a mistake, one that is in Lily’s favor, by forgetting to lock the door behind him. She instantly seeks the opportunity, grabs her daughter (Sky) and literally runs for her life….only to realize she is literally only a couple of miles from her home! Let me repeat, for SIX years, she was held captive only a couple of miles from her home, her family, her LIFE! Oh wow.
But this book is much more about her escape or when she was held captive. It is about Lily’s recovery and learning to cope. The reunion with her mother and her twin sister, Abby, was so heartfelt and touching. I can’t begin to fathom what they were feeling after moving on the best they could with their lives after Lily’s disappearance only to learn she was alive and safe! It was their acceptance, the bond of the family that was so amazing to me.
I love stories about twins, and the bonds they share. I am so intrigued by their unbreakable bond and the insight into each other. Lily and Abby are no different. Abby knew all along Lily was alive, and never stopped believing her return was going to happen. Although her life takes turns she didn’t expect, it was the unexplainable bond she had with Lily that kept her going. This book has so many twists and turns, some left me with my mouth just gaping open!! It was Abby’s strength, tenacity, and love for her sister that made me absolutely love her! As a side note, I read an article by the author describing her inspiration for the book. Knowing she is a twin, and understands the bonds they share makes it all the better.
This story was told from different POV: Lily, Abby, their mom, and Rick (the evil human being behind Lily’s kidnapping). Of course I absolutely love when books are told like this, it especially worked for Baby Doll. I learned to love the women and completely despise Rick. His point of view allows us to see just how evil, manipulating, and downright terrifying he is.
This book got me out of my little slump. I read it in a day and absolutely loved it! Highly, highly recommend!
***Thank you very much to Netgalley for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
Read the article where the author explains the inspiration for her story here.