Baby Doll – Holly Overton

She kept moving forward. She didn’t stop. She didn’t look back.

Lily has been abducted from outside her high-school gates.

For eight long years she’s been locked away from the outside world. During that time she’s changed from a girl into a woman. She’s had a baby.

And now she has seized her chance and escaped.

Running for her life, with her daughter in her arms, she returns to her family and the life she used to know – to her much-loved twin sister Abby, her mum, her high-school boyfriend – and her freedom.

But is it possible to go back?

Lily’s perfect life as a teenager doesn’t exist any more. Since she’s been gone, her family’s lives have changed too, in ways she never could have imagined.

Her return, and the revelation of who took her, will send shockwaves through the whole community.

There is something about this novel that has haunted me ever since I read the last word of the last page. It appears to be on a tape loop running continuously through my mind as I relive the story over and over again. How something so bad can happen from the hand of someone so least expected. How such a bad situation can make so many lives fall apart. How one man can live his life with the knowledge of what he has done.

Lilly’s strength is magnificent

Having a strength so strong is admirable and I believe that Holly Overton is just as strong and just as determined and for that I admire her too. Reading between the lines of such a heart wrenching story I feel that Overton is deeply attached to Lilly and Abby and really wonder just how much of the story isn’t make-believe and desperately hope that what is written between those pages is not a reality and never has been.

Yet the writing style of Overton clearly screams talent

I have a sense that not everything was transpired from the imagination and a lot of what is written isnt make-believe. A very fast paced, edgy, defiant story that captures you up, floods your soul and then spits you out drained and exhausted yet satisfied and ready to move on.

I loved this story. The characters were real, the relationships and bonds are realistic and the plotline is believable.

The bottom line is all about the love. The strength. The satisfaction and the determination to find justice and peace, no matter at what cost.

I want to read more. I am so glad that Overton never gave up on her journey and eventually told her story.

Baby Doll is atmospheric, strong, haunting and very realistic

 

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