Hello everyone, and welcome back to The Bookworm’s Fantasy! I hope you’re all well. Today I’m going to be posting the newest instalment to my “Top Shelf Spotlight” series – ‘Baby Doll’ by Hollie Overton. You can find the other posts in the series here. In this series, I will be focusing on one book in particular that has made my “top shelf/favourites” bookshelf. I’ll be giving you some information on the book, as well as sharing some of my personal thoughts on the novel. I hope you enjoy this new series, and please leave any feedback below, including any other posts or series you’d like to see on my blog! So, here goes…
Baby Doll by Hollie Overton.
You’ve been held 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.
‘Baby Doll’ has been likened a lot to Emma Donoghue’s ‘Room’ (which I love), but I think I prefer this book even more! A must-read.
About the Author
Hollie Overton is a TV writer and producer, and ‘Baby Doll’ was her debut novel. Her second novel, ‘The Walls’, was released in August 2017. She has written for shows on ABC Family, CBS and Lifetime such as ‘Shadowhunters,’ ‘Cold Case,’ and ‘The Client List’. Overton’s father was a member of the notorious Texas Overton gang, and spent several years in prison for manslaughter. ‘Baby Doll’ draws on many of her own childhood experiences.
About the Book
Release Date: June 2016
Genre: Psychological Drama
Average Goodreads rating: 3.78
Author’s other works: ‘The Walls’ (2017).
Themes explored: Captivity, abuse, mental illness, substance abuse.
Favourite character/narrator: Lily!
What I liked/overall standout elements:
- The use of multiple perspectives to tell the story is absolutely fantastic. The narrative is told from four different perspectives, and the reader is given a deep insight to the characters’ thoughts and feelings, and the suffering they have had to endure.
- The characterisation of Lily is brilliant. She’s been held captive for 8 years and has been mentally, physically and sexually abused. But despite this, she’s an exceptionally brave and strong-willed person. She’s a really inspiring character and makes the perfect role model.
- I really appreciated the fact that Overton spent so much time discussing Lily and Sky’s integration back into society. It’s really important that, as a reader, we see the characters not only suffering at the time they are in captivity, but also we see how this deeply traumatises the characters for a long time afterwards.
- Following on from the last point, I also really appreciated one of the sub-plots within the novel. Overton explores, in great detail, the exploitation of the media, and how the media choose to “tell” Lily and Sky’s story. This was really fascinating to me as a reader.
- There are some thriller elements employed in this novel, but I’d say that this is a more true to life, realistic portrayal of an extraordinary story. It exposes some of the horrors in the world. It’s a very dark read, but a very important one, in my opinion.
- There’s a fantastic end resolution which ties everything together in the most perfect way. The ending is positive and hopeful, and Lily’s strength especially shines through at the end. I really enjoyed the ending to the book, although it did make me very emotional!
Happy reading 🙂