Book Review: Baby Doll by Hollie Overton

Baby Doll
by Hollie Overton

Publication date: December 29th 2016
Publisher: Arrow (first published July 12th 2016)
Pages: 376


You’ve been hold captive in one room.

You’ve been mentally and physically abused every day since you were sixteen years old.

Then, one night, you realise your captor has left the door to your cell unlocked.

For the first time in eight years you’re free.

This is what happens next.

Source: Goodreads


“Baby Doll” has been on my shelf for ages as something about the cover was putting me off. Now I’ve finally read it, I don’t feel that the cover truly represents the story inside.

“As the year came to an end, he made the decision that she was the one. She had to be his.”

Lily Riser has been kept captive for eight years until one day, her captor forgets to lock the door. Lily takes her daughter and runs to find that the place she has been held is not too far from her family home.

The story that follows is told from multiple points of view, mostly from Lily’s family. All them have been affected by the kidnap and all play an important part in what happens next.

It was certainly different to read about what happens after a kidnap, as it’s more usual to focus on the events before and during. We don’t learn a lot about the 8 years Lily was held, but we do find out that she has been abused both mentally and physically and her integration back into normal life really proves how she has been affected by this ordeal.

The majority of this book was enjoyable and I read it fairly quickly but I found that some parts, especially towards the end, were implausible or a little far fetched for my tastes. Some other chapters were drawn out and often didn’t add much to the story and I’d have liked to have felt more tension or anticipation when reading to enjoy this fully.

Overall rating: It’s 3 stars for “Baby Doll”. More of a drama than a thriller, the book has a good plot but is in need of some more pace, shocks and twists to be rated higher.


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