This review is written with thanks to Cornerstone and Netgalley for my copy of Baby Doll.
Lily Riser has spent the last eight years in a cabin, held hostage by a man who kidnapped her when she was a teenager. One day, he accidentally leaves the door off its latch, and Lily and her six year old daughter, Sky, are able to break free. When Lily is reunited with her mum, twin sister Abby, and boyfriend Wes, she realises that her life is very different to the one she left behind. Will Lily and her family be able to move on?
In January, I read Room by Emma Donoghue, which follows a similar storyline. Having enjoyed Room so much, I was concerned that Baby Doll would overlap too much and I would struggle with it. However, I was wrong. Baby Doll changes perspective with each chapter, and includes chapters from the viewpoints of Lily, Abby, Eve and Rick (Lily's kidnapper.) This helped me to become engaged with the novel almost immediately, as I was able to understand how Lily's situation had affected each character, and this allowed me to sympathise with them. It was interesting that Overton chose to write some chapters from the perspective of Rick, as whilst this made for uncomfortable reading, it helped me to gain insight into his character. It also increased my sympathy for Lily, as it was clear that his thoughts and actions were manipulative and horrifying.
I love a book with a twist, and Baby Doll ends with a twist that meant that this novel will stay with me for a long time to come. I did not foresee the ending developing in the way that it did, and the shock kept me intrigued until the very end.
Overall, I enjoyed Baby Doll, and felt that whilst the premise of the novel has been used with success by other writers, Overton approaches the subject in a fresh way and uses it to raise important issues in today's society.
Baby Doll is available from Amazon.