Baby Doll piqued my interest somewhat when I received an email about it. The blurb about this book likens it to Gone Girl and Girl on the Train. However my initial impression was that it was going to be very similar to Room by Emma Donahue. This was because of the whole girl trapped in room for years with her child thing before escaping. However there are significant differences, mainly because the story is as much about what happens to her twin sister and mother, oh and of course the man who held her captive over the years.
The story is written from the points of view of Lily, the girl who was abducted and held captive. Abby her twin sister, who has struggled to cope in a world without her sister. Eve, who lost both her daughter and husband with Lily’s abduction. Last but certainly not least, Rick, whose actions in abducting Lily had huge effects in all of their lives. I found the way that Hollie Overton wrote from all four characters points created a very realistic and well rounded novel. Each character had a strong individual voice.
Baby Doll is not the kind of thriller full of gore and violence. Instead it’s a quiet, but very painful read. Overton has managed to write a novel where the emotions feel real and true. I genuinely felt for Lily and Abby.
Baby Doll has in Rick, the scariest type of monster. Someone who wears the skin of a respected and well liked individual, but underneath are the most calculation and evil creature. In a way, the author has created a book with two polar opposite characters in Lily and Rick. Abby and Eve are like many people, a mixture of good and bad.
I’ll be honest, this book was far better than I expected it to be. In fact, this book is a riveting read. At no part in this book was I bored. I wanted to keep reading. A good indication of how good a book is for me is if I think about it when I’m not reading it. I thought about this book a lot! Happy to report this is a 5 star read.
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****Disclaimer – I was kindly given an ARC of this book by Netgalley and Random House UK for my honest review. This is that review!****Tags: Hollie Overton