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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.
This is what happens next…
…to her twin sister, to her mother, to her daughter…and to her captor.
I received a copy of this book last Friday evening and immediately started reading it. It was 3:00am in the morning when I finally turned the last page. I haven’t found myself that engrossed in a book in quite a while. Baby Doll by Hollie Overton starts with Lily and her daughter, Sky, locked up in the basement of a cabin. We soon find out that she had spent 8 years in the basement held as a sex slave. However, Lily soon managed to breakout when her captor forgot to lock the door one night and that is where it all begins.
The book focuses on Lily’s life after captivity. She tries to rebuild her shattered life but finds out that it is not so easy. Years in captivity have taken a toll on her physically and mentally. In addition, the world moved on while she seems to have gotten stuck to the day when she was kidnapped. I found myself sympathizing with her as she struggled to get back her life.
On the other hand, her captor is still alive and he is determined to get her back or at least find a replacement. I thought it was really interesting that the author include this PoV. As readers, we get an insight of the depraved workings of the captor’s mind. We learn about his motives and addictions. His mind is a creepy place to be stuck in but it is also very fascinating in a weird way. I looked forward to his twisted narrations with both dread and anticipation.
The third narrator in the book was Abby, Lily’s twin sister. We get to learn more about Abby’s life after she lost her twin. She is riddled with guilt based on decisions made on that fateful day that Lilly disappeared and also the guilt of having moved on in some ways when Lily was gone. The last PoV was narrated by Eve, Lily’s mother. Losing her daughter affected her in a number of ways and as readers; we get to go through different emotions with Eve as gets her daughter back.
This book had such a wonderful, easy flow to it. I liked the pacing and the fact that there were a number of little twists along the way. There was also the suspense surrounding the villain especially when it became apparent just how committed he was in getting his revenge. The title of the book becomes really creepy once you find out what it meant especially to the captor.
Baby Doll by Hollie Overton is a wonderful psychological thriller. I liked how it focused on life after captivity instead of the abduction. It was quite an emotional read in some chapters as we get to see how Lily and her daughter, Sky are coping with the new life. The book reminded me of Room by Emma Donoghue in some ways but it was still unique in its own way.