Review of Baby Doll by Hollie Overton

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Release date: July 12, 2016

Publisher: Redhook

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Goodreads blurb:
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. 


Most missing persons mystery novels primarily deal with the main characters abduction and what happens next. This book puts a unique and clever twist on the general concept and begins with Lily and her daughter Sky’s escape. I’ve often wondered how characters in other similar novels coped in the aftermath of horrific abuse and this book shed some light on this. How does one move on after having their entire life cruelly taken away from them? 

Right from the start this book is fast paced and addicting. The chapters are on the shorter side and are told from many different perspectives; Lily who has been held prisoner in a basement for eight years, her twin sister Abby, their mother Eve and her kidnapper Rick. While I enjoyed seeing everyone’s viewpoint, I had a sick fascination with Rick’s narrative. He is unapologetically evil and will stop at nothing to get what he wants. 

The relationship between Lily and Abby was heartbreaking and honest. They share a completely unbreakable bond that not even something purely evil can break. The power of sisterhood and especially twins is revealed beautifully throughout this novel. It deals with how far one would go to protect loved ones?

There is so much I could say about why I loved this book but secrets would be revealed. There is a constant barrage of unexpected twists and turns that never lets up. The characters lives are intertwined and twisted together in unfathomable ways. This book is fresh, unique and full of suspense.

Thanks to Netgalley and Redhook for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.

Overall rating: 4.5/5

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