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Review | Baby Doll

Baby Doll
by Hollie Overton

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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.


I love dark books held in captivity. There’s something about the taboo, forbidden feeling you get living through someone else’s horrendous feelings. This book is slightly different, most of it taking place after captivity.

Baby Doll, is more drama than thriller. Lots of family drama, most of it brought on by problems the family members created themselves. It was still quite entertaining, just in a different route than I had expected. There’s also lots of things that you have to really stretch your mind to believe. Lily had the cops breaking protocol one day and was out getting her hair colored the next. RIGHT AFTER she got home from being kidnapped for eight years. Her twin, Abby was just as over the top if not more. Everything Abby did in this book would have had a normal person in an insane asylum in two seconds flat. Even her emotions couldn’t stay in check, lashing out at every conversation.

I did like Wes, and we didn’t even get to hear from him in his POV. He was the only one in the whole book trying to do right, even if he did screw up a few times. He was honest about it and took care of his child. Then staying with Abby after the incident at the end, when he should have went running for the hills… All the while others are out sleeping around, breaking the law, and murdering….. whew!

Despite not really connecting to the characters, something about this book really pulled me in. I read it in one sitting and couldn’t stop. I wanted to know what happened to Rick, I wanted justice. Justice was definitely served in a weird, once again over the top strange way. And the ending… There is NO way that would have been “allowed”. Right? I don’t know. Like I said, you have to really stretch your mind here.

I had a few struggling moments with this book being so much like Room in the beginning, I wasn’t sure what was going on. Is it a coincidence? Such similar little details.. the toy for Sky, the closet, where she was held… and it really bothered me. However after a while the story took a completely different turn and the similarities were gone.

I struggled between a 3 and 4 rating so we’ll meet in the middle. I did like this book, just don’t go into it expecting it to be anything like Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train like the blurb says and you will probably enjoy it more.

My rating 3.5/5 stars

Buy link: AMAZON

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