Hollie Overton

Baby Doll

"..hugely involving..."


You've been held captive in one room, mentally and physically abused every day, since you were sixteen years old. Then, one night, you realize your captor has left the door to your cell unlocked. For the first time in eight years, you're free. This is about what happens next ...

Lily knows that she must bring the man who nearly ruined her life - her good-looking high-school teacher - to justice. But she never imagined that reconnecting with her family would be just as difficult. Reclaiming her relationship with her twin sister, her mother and her high school sweetheart who is in love with her sister may be Lily's greatest challenge. After all they've been through, can Lily and her family find their way back after this life-altering trauma?

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The story starts, rather than ends, with Lily escaping from her abductor after 8 years in captivity. At this point, the identity of her captor is known, and so is the fact that Lily has survived and managed to escape. So where is the story? Lily is struggling to come to terms with her new found freedom, and how life has moved on in the past eight years. Lily isn't the only one who is struggling. Abby, Lily's twin sister, blames herself for Lily's disappearance, and guilt that she is now with Wes, Lily's high school sweet heart. 'Baby Doll' deals with the aftermath of Lily's escape, the problems she faces trying to fit back into family life and society. Together with the emotional struggles faced by Lily and her family, Overton also manages to maintain some suspense. Despite the identity of the abductor being known, there's still some surprises that will make you want to keep reading and reading until the end. Whilst I really enjoyed the book and the idea of the story, any criticism was with the characters. For some reason I struggled to connect with the majority of them. That said, the book was written from a very interesting view point. With so many thrillers having a 'happy ending' when someone has managed to escape, 'Baby Doll' serves as a reminder that the story isn't over, and that this impact is far-reaching. 'Baby Doll' was hugely involving and I was unable to put this book down.

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