Thank you to Century, Random House UK for my advanced copy of Baby Doll by Hollie Overton. This book will be published 30th June 2016.
Wow, what a haunting read. I foolishly started this book at 8 p.m. (I never learn), and I was finished by 2.30am. I couldn't put it down. It gripped me from the very first page and then left me a wreck at the end of it - but in a good way!
Like the cover says, Lily has been held captive for eight years, and she manages to escape. Most of the action in this book is at the beginning, and I thought I might find this a bit odd as I do like books with lots of action and twists and turns. But I was drawn into the turmoil of what happens after a kidnap victim comes back. I couldn't stop reading, even though Lily was safe now, it was fascinating to explore what happens after the crime.
What I thought was unique and what compelled me to keep reading was the different perspectives that we get to read from. Each of the narratives was realistic, and I liked that we were seeing all angles of how one crime can affect the people close to the victim and the perpetrator.
I'm struggling to find words to express why exactly I loved this book so much. I don't want to keep repeating myself. It is brutally realistic, nothing is held back. It is a haunting tale of a family ripped apart by one man and how they struggle to put themselves back together again. It explores the repercussions for each member of the family and at times I wasn't sure who I felt sorry for most.
The writing is fantastic, and each of the characters has a vivid personality. Especially when you consider that Hollie is writing about twins. I loved this element of the book. I think that Hollie captures their relationship perfectly and it was amazing to read.
I can't rate this book enough. It is unlike a lot of books that I have read and so I loved every word of it.