I’ve not read many books that surround the topic of kidnap and being held hostage for years. So I was pleasantly surprised when I read Baby Doll by Hollie Overton, her first debut novel.
Baby Doll focuses around Lily the main character, who has been trapped and held in captivity for 8 years, since the age of 16. The novel follows Lily’s inner turmoil as she finally escapes and is reunited with her family. The novel is told through four perspectives, which I thought added another level of emotions to the novel, you read from the perspective of her mother and sister and also the hideous creep that kidnapped her. The use of these perspectives allowed for the reader to feel like a mother, who is devastated to have a child missing and the aftermath it had on the family life. You also feel as though your a twin sister who’s completely lost without her other half, and at some moments you see inside the twisted mind of the kidnapper. I throughly loved every single perspective explored within this novel, however I would have loved to have heard from Wes Lily’s boyfriend before she was taken, as it would have been nice to see his struggles with the disappearance of Lily but also then falling for her sister. The characters I thought had brilliant character progression throughout the novel because not only did they progress, the reader is always reminded of their struggles, you follow them on a twisted road of continuos down and ups, basically an emotional roller-coster.
At moments when reading, I thought I had predicted the way the novel was going to end and then suddenly Overton threw a spanner in the works and my idea of how it was going to play out was shattered but I loved that!
Overall I pleasantly enjoyed this novel, it was exactly what I need after reading a book that gained the lowest rating I’ve ever given and also sorta hate reading! Therefore I’m so grateful that is novel prevented me from falling into the dreaded reading slump! I gave this book 4*