Genre: Thriller/Suspense, Fiction
Recommendation: I would recommend this book to anyone looking to read about a strong woman who is put through a harrowing ordeal and what life looks like after she begins her journey to recovery.
Type: Stand alone
Summary: +/- dark themes, +strong heroine +completley awful antagonist +no cliff hanger +well written, no stagnant parts +complex yet fairly short read +emotion inducing +a few unexpected twists
Escape was just the beginning.
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 Lily, to her twin sister, to her mother, to her daughter — and to her captor.
( Ohh, I love a description that is short and sweet. Sometimes, simple is better.)
Baby Doll by Hollie Overton is a story about healing and justice. Set to be released July 12, 2016, this read is original in the sense that it is solely focused on the after effects of a horrible tragedy. Baby Doll follows Lily from the moment she realizes the possibility of freedom all the way through her journey to get her life back. One aspect that pleasantly surprised me is the ability of the author to place emphasis on the horrors that Lily experienced without needing to describe them in graphic detail. Dealing with trigger subjects like rape and kidnapping are difficult enough for many readers without having to endure the exact nature of each individual offense.
Another thing to highlight about Overton’s work is the truly remarkable relationship described between Lily and her twin sister Abby. Abby is one heck of a character. She is deep, complex and partially crazy. I really dug the lengths her family went through to help Lily and her daughter heal and the messiness that results from the combination of her family getting to know each other again after eight years of separation. This story did lack a little of the mystery aspect I was hoping for but quelled my inner reading monster none the less. Appropriate for mature teens and adults, this story is sure to get an emotional response out of the hardest of hearts.
And Rick, ugh that bastard. I usually don’t curse in my reviews but there is a special place in hell for confident abusers like him. Overton did a great job creating a cunning and unsuspecting villain. This book kept me involved until the end and I enjoyed the read. I wouldn’t categorize it as a favorite but I think it is definitely worth checking out.
Disclaimer: I obtained a free copy of this work via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.