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.
Anyone who is familiar with my reviews will know that I love a strong character driven book and a book that really stirs up my emotions and makes me think and feel deeply. I was, therefore, very excited about reading Baby Doll, as it starts at the end of the crime with Lily escaping from her abductor after being help captive for eight years. I was keen to see the impact being abducted had on her and how she would re-adjust to normal life.
I have pondered over this review for a while as while I found the book fairly enjoyable it didn’t quite hit the mark for me. This is mainly due, I think, to the execution of the novel which consists of the story being told by four points of view – Lily, her mother Eve, her twin sister Abby and the perpetrator Rick. I don’t normally have an issue with books that are narrated in this way, I like it, but it felt, for me, that there were too many voices and none of them had any real depth. I understand why Hollie has done this – to get across the impact it had had on all of the family – but they felt short lived and I didn’t empathise with the characters or gain any real insight into them. I feel it would have been stronger if the point of views concentrated on Lily and Rick.
I would have liked to know more about how Lily felt about the changes that had occurred in her family during her abduction, how she coped with the outside world after being isolated for so long rather than her catching up with reality TV and being concerned about re-gaining the love of her high school sweetheart. I also would have liked more about how she helped her daughter re-adjust.
Her twin sister, Abby, irritated me. Certainly she felt guilt, but this came out as over-dramatisation than any real exploration about her feelings.
The novel started out really promising and Hollie’s descriptions of the fear felt by Lily are really well written. I didn’t expect what happened at the end and I was caught by surprise and enjoyed the twist. I also liked hearing the abductor’s perspective and the impact his crimes had on his wife and family.
Baby Doll is a quick and easy read that is mildly entertaining, but it didn’t have that certain something for me. I know a lot of other reviewers have loved it and that’s what’s so great about reading – everyone has different opinions, likes and dislikes, but this fell a little flat for me after a promising start.
Thank you to Hollie Overton, Random House UK, Cornerstone and Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Published on 30 June 2016 by Random House UK, Cornerstone.