Baby Doll by Hollie Overton
Baby Doll by Hollie Overton is her debut novel. She did great!
First, I’d like to thank NetGalley, the publisher, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.
This story is reminiscent of Emma Donahue’s “Room” (which I enjoyed), but with a lot more twists.
After 8 years in captivity, 24 year-old Lily Riser escapes from the basement room where she has been held, beaten, raped, and tortured. She picks up her 6-year old daughter Sky and runs out into the night. What she finds amazes her. She is not too far from home, and so she appears on her mothers doorstep. This is where the story really begins. Lily comes home to a very different world. In her absence, her father has died from a broken heart, her mother Eve has turned to sex with strangers to give her comfort, her twin sister Abby turned to drugs and suicide attempts to ease her pain, and Lily’s boyfriend turned to Abby, who is now carrying his child. Trying to sweep everything aside to make sure she and her daughter remain safe, Lily concentrates on making sure her kidnapper/abuser is punished.
The story is told through the eyes of the four main characters: Lily, Eve, Abby, and Rick. It shows how the kidnapping affected their lives, and how Lily’s return changes them again. Lily at 16 was a mild-mannered girl, at 24 she has become a strong young mother, fighting for her family. Eve, everyone’s favorite Mom became a shattered and broken woman, who now rises back up to care for both of her daughters and her new grand-daughter. Abby was always the troubled twin, and felt the guilt of Lily’s kidnapping. Now she will do anything she can to make sure Lily never leaves them again. Rick, the antagonist/kidnapper, is a supposed pillar of the community, but is really a manipulative man, with plans that never end. He can’t believe that he made a mistake that would allow Lily to escape, and he can’t believe how people are turning against him.
It is the story of twin sisters whose bond can crack, but never truly break. It is a story of family, of struggles, and of strength. It is the story about turning one’s life around.
There is some criticism about the writing, but I didn’t see it. The story was engrossing, and progressed so well, it was the only thing that mattered. I found it to be a very compelling, fast read, a real page-turner. It pulled me in from the first page, and held me.
Definitely enjoyed it.
Read: March 2017
Favorite Quote in Baby Doll:
“Luck is preparation meets opportunity”
About the Author: Hollie Overton lives in California with her rescue dog Stevie and her husband David (apparently in that order). Hollie has written for television, but Baby Doll is her debut novel. She has an identical twin sister.