Baby Doll

Baby Doll

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"What a compulsive read! A brilliant first novel that kept me transfixed and entertained until the very last page." -- Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author

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 realize 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...
Escape was just the beginning.

For more from Hollie Overton, check out:
The Walls
The Runaway

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316527101
Publisher: Orbit
Publication date: 08/28/2018
Edition description: 1st ed
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 249,974
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 6.87(h) x 1.12(d)

About the Author

Hollie Overton - an identical twin herself - draws on her unique childhood experiences for her first novel, Baby Doll, which became an international bestseller, and has been translated into eleven languages. Her father was a member of the notorious Overton gang in Austin, Texas, and served time in prison for manslaughter, while Hollie and her sister were raised by their single mother. Hollie is a television writer whose credits include the CBS drama Cold Case and Freeform's Shadowhunters. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and rescue dog.

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Baby Doll 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terrific first book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Outstanding!!!! Instantly bought her 2nd book. Highly recommend!! Keep em coming.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Finished it in three days. Definitely recommend!
Anonymous 6 months ago
Excellent. Page turner....keep them coming Ms Overton
LC112648LC More than 1 year ago
Baby Doll ---- Highly recommend. This author kept you reading - really enjoyed her style of writing. Will buy any other books that she has come out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started out strong. But then really dragged on. Too much detail. I could hardly finish the book.
alyssama121 More than 1 year ago
*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher at BEA. This is an honest review.* I love the idea of following the aftermath of a kidnapping and showing how much conflict and drama arises from that rather than making the kidnapping itself the crux of the conflict. Right at the beginning of the story, Lily finds that her captor has left the deadbolt to the basement where she lives unlocked, so she takes her daughter and goes to the only place she remembers: her parents house. What she finds when she gets there is that her family and friends were completely broken after her disappearance and assumed death. Mainly, this is a story of healing and it shows how much one person can matter to a family and community. The thing I enjoyed most about this book is that it deals with incredibly hard topics. Lily’s twin sister became a drug addict after Lily disappeared, so she has a lot of issues to work through, and it’s hard for Lily to see how much her family has suffered in her absence. This book is not one that sugar coats realities: it deals with tough, raw concepts. However, there’s only so much you can talk about how much everything got screwed up when Lily left, so the reason I didn’t rate this higher, is because it felt kind of repetitive at times. Obviously, in real life, healing takes a whole lot of time and effort, but I got bored with the novel rehashing the same stuff over and over, trying to get new conflict from it. That’s not to say that this story isn’t good. It is. I genuinely enjoyed reading it and while some of it was tough to get through, it was a thoroughly engrossing novel. I love how the characters try so hard to be there for one another while they’re each suffering their own pains. It felt incredibly true to form and I felt emotionally connected to all of them. I also appreciated that the ending is NOT a happy-go-lucky all tied up in a bow sort of thing. It’s hopeful and optimistic, but not overly so. If you’re a fan of psychological thrillers, or dramas, I think you’ll like this. It’s an interesting novel with really great character development.
Tiffany Ramos More than 1 year ago
Ehh It was alright. Not one of the best books I read though. Somebody recommended me to read this book since I told her I enjoyed reading psychological thrillers. She told me the ending would shock me and that I would enjoy the book.I decided to follow on her recommendation and got the book. After reading the first few chapters, it was predictable that the story was going to unravel that way. I feel like the book could have been better if they changed the ending or added more suspense to make it less predictable.
CLynnT More than 1 year ago
After finishing this book and reading a bit about the author Hollie Overton, I was surprised to learn that this is her first novel. Also, Hollie is a twin. This helps her describe the bond between Lilly and Abby, the twins in the story. From the beginning, I became interested in Lilly and her attempt to escape her hostage situation with her 6-year old child Sky. Her captor, Rick (not Ricky, this upsets him terribly and you really don’t want to do that) is a well-admired teacher at the high school, married to a wonderful lady and living a quiet, peaceful life. But he has a terribly dark side, a mental problem, an inability distinguishing between what is real and what he has imagined. At times I feel like the book is shadowing what we know of actual long-term kidnapping and hostage situations that have been in the news the past few years. I’m not comfortable with that aspect because I don’t want to be a part of glorifying something so inhumane. But it’s only the basic story line that sounds familiar. Overton adds enough unique and unexpected twists and turns to help me appreciate that this is pure fiction. Hollie does a good job of creating each character’s strengths and flaws. You’ll want to continue reading out of sheer curiosity, how does it end and who settles for what? (I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. Thank you to Redhook Books and NetGalley for making it available.)
Rag_Doll More than 1 year ago
I found this book totally gripping right from the start. There was no build up or meeting the characters in the first chapters, no messing whatsoever. The first sentences have Lily listening and knowing that the bolt hasn't been pulled on the door securing her in her dungeon. By the end of chapter 1, Lily has escaped her eight years of being held prisoner by a man who has repeatedly abused her both mentally and physically every day of those eight years. I thought the author was very brave to start this story at the end of Lily's ordeal of incarceration. Most other stories of this type have a build up to 'being taken' and a good section of the book in captivity (Emma Donoghue's Room was a good 50% inside the room). In one sense, Lily and her twin sister, Abby, are, after the initial elation of Lily's escape, only just starting their private ordeal of being together, catching up and falling into their twin steps again. We do get glimpses of how Lily was taken and hints of what happened to her during those eight years during Lily's flashbacks. If you're looking for gruesome, this isn't the story you might have hoped for. This is more about the adapting and emotional aftermath, especially as Lily has a six year old daughter who has never seen the outside world. It shows how the brutal removal of Lily from her family has created flaws in their characters and caused complex psychological problems. I thought the whole plotline was well pieced together, told in a methodical but not stilted way, from the point of view of each of the main characters in turn. I enjoyed it very much and would be happy to read more by Hollie Overton. I would like to thank the publisher via NetGalley for providing me with an Advance Reading Copy of this book in return for an honest review.
AliTheDragonSlayer More than 1 year ago
This is a story that sucked me in and stayed with me for quite some considerable time .. "there but for the grace of god go I" springs to mind. How a life can change beyond all recognition in a split second. Lily and Abby are twins, after a disagreement familiar to all sisters I'm sure they are grumpy with each other. Unlike other spats this time Lily doesn't come home. This terrifyingly gripping tale takes us into a world where Lily is held hostage, treated as a prisoner, abused, tormented, raped and gives birth to her kidnappers child. For eight anguished years life is in turmoil not only for Lily but Abby, their mother and Wes Lily's schoolboy crush. Then one day her captor makes an error and leaves the door unlocked, Lily and her daughter Sky make a bid for freedom. Taken as a teenager, returned to her family an adult and mother certainly causes a few issues! How does 'Baby Doll' react and regain a 'normal' life .. is it possible or will there be other casualties along the way? Great entertainment value, tense in parts, keep reading and then wonder how you would cope! I voluntarily read and reviewed this via Netgalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book!!! I would recommend! You will enjoy from first page to the very last page.
lakraft More than 1 year ago
This book was truly amazing from beginning to end. You get pulled in immediately as the story starts off strong and never loses speed. I would consider this a must read and will definitely be reading this again. You get to know each character really well and feel as though you can truly picture this happening. This deals with the tough subject of kidnapping and the after effects which I must say is all too common. I could picture this actually happening and would love to see this pitched as a movie!! Please if you are considering reading this please take the time to do so as it is a really quick read due to the flow and the fact you won't want to put this down.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Baby Doll by Hollie Overton starts on November 11, 2015 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Lily Riser cannot believe he actually left the door unlocked. She waited a while to make sure he was not coming back. Then Lily grabbed her daughter, Sky and took off. Lily could not wait to get home to her twin sister, Abby. Lily was kidnapped eight years prior when she was a teenager and this is her very first chance to escape. Lily does not want her six-year-old daughter, Sky to be raised a captive. Abby Riser is Lily’s twin sister and she has had a troubled life since her sister disappeared. Abby has made bad choices. No one was left unaffected by the kidnapping. What happens now? Who is the kidnapper and why did he take Lily? Find out the complete story in Baby Doll. I found Baby Doll to be a slow paced and predictable novel. I had a hard time liking any of the characters (I felt bad for Sky). The book is easy to read, but there is foul language and graphic scenes. I kept hoping for something more (a twist), but the novel plodded along to the expected ending. Abby rebelled in the typical ways, the mother sleeps around, poor Sky is scared and hides (as expected). The story is told from the various character’s point-of-view including the kidnappers. I give Baby Doll 2 out of 5 stars (I did not like it). The story needed a faster pace and scary OMG moments that has the reader enthralled. Instead, I could have cared less what happened to any of them which made it hard to finish this book. The characters come across as juvenile (rebellious teenagers), and the story reminds me of a bad telenovela. I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. The comments and opinions expressed are strictly my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whew! Where do I start? This is one of those books that as soon as you finish it you want to write about it while it’s so very fresh in your mind. Let’s say the ending was more emotional for me than I was anticipating. Okay, so, good book, story kind of taken from the headlines but still a bit different and it’s the different part that I think was what reached me and drew me into the story. Lily and Abby are sixteen years old and are twins but have different personalities. Abby is the more dominant twin with a stronger personality than Lily who is more of a gentle soul. Appearance wise they look very much alike. One major difference between the twins is Lily has a boyfriend, Wes, who seems to adore her. Twin sisters, who like any siblings, have disagreements and arguments and, yes there is jealously at times. One of these times becomes the tipping point in their lives and nothing is the same again. Lily disappears. The disappearance of Lily, a child, a sister, a girlfriend impacts everyone around Lily and affects their lives as well as hers. This book is told from various points of view which adds interest to the story. There were moments when the story line was a bit predictable but I was still drawn in to the drama and the ending was, I thought, well handled. Considering the world we live in, this book was not far fetched but was sadly very believable.
Haziegaze More than 1 year ago
Having read a number of scathing reviews of this book, I have to admit that I was a little worried - I really dislike having to give someone’s hard work a poor rating but, fear not, it was quite good although as many have said, it could have been better which just goes to show that us readers are fickle human beings and what one person dislikes, another will absolutely love … well, if we all liked the same things, it would be a pretty boring world! Unlike many other reviewers, I haven’t read anything quite like this before so it was unique for me. What I thought was good was that the story started when Lily escaped from her prison rather than go into the disturbing details of what it would have been like for her all these years being a child held prisoner in a cellar being used and abused at her captor’s whim; there were snippets of course but these didn’t dominate as the focus of the book is what life was like for Lily outside her prison. The story is told from four different perspectives - Lily, her twin sister Abby, her mum Eve and the perpetrator Rick. I was torn as to whether this was a good idea or not; on the one hand it was useful to see the situation from all of the perspectives but on the other, I think this diluted the impact of the story a little and weakened the characters. I would have preferred it to have been written just from Lily and Rick’s perspectives - this would have made it more powerful. However, having said that, the parts devoted to Abby and Eve gave some insight into the terrible impact on the family. The book is easy to read; the pace is good and there are a few twists and unpredictable moments but there are also some annoying parts which had me almost flicking forward many of which involved Abby … my goodness, she’s one annoying character! Overall though, a classic it may not be but an enjoyable and entertaining read it most certainly was for me and I will look out for future books by Hollie Overton. Thanks, again, go to the publisher RandomHouse UK, Cornerstone, via NetGalley for my e-copy in return for an honest review.
ToddSimpson More than 1 year ago
Simply Brilliant. There aren’t enough words to describe how much I enjoyed this book, it really is that good. It’s hard to imagine being locked away for 8 years, and no one knowing what has really happened to you. Everyone you knew has got on with their lives, while you’re life has been stuck in limbo. Sixteen year old Lilly didn’t expect this to happen to her when she accepted a ride from her Teacher Rick. Unfortunately instead of dropping her off at home, he had other ideas and locked her away in his cabin. When Lilly did escape from the cabin, I was literally on the edge of my seat. Even though I knew she was going to get away, I still sat there thinking “Get out Lilly, Run!!!!!” I enjoyed the way the Author takes us from the past to the present in the story, and moves between characters in giving us their take on what happened. Hollie Overton really has written an amazing story, and taken us on an emotional rollercoaster. This really is a must read.
Connie57103 More than 1 year ago
This is such a profound read. It is worth the time it took to read it and then some. It is about a 16 year old twin who got kidnapped and held against her will for 8 years. She has a 6 year old daughter. It starts by them escaping, then talks about what it did to the people close to her. It is written in chapters featuring the different people. What I love about this book is there are no frequent back tracks. And it is written in third person the whole way through. It is kind of sad that their past took its toll on each person, but that's what makes the book so good! Thank you to Goodreads First Reads and Holly Overton for allowing me to win this hardcover book to read and to give my honest review.
jayfwms More than 1 year ago
A character analysis of all those affected in the aftermath of an abduction that lasted eight years and produced a child. Sensitivity to the human personality and great writing combine to create a book that won't be put down. The human flaws in all the players make the story fascinating and realistic. The use of twins allows for a stark contrast in the effects of the crime on both girls, The story covers the events following the crime, and it ends in an unexpected conclusion.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book which dealt more with the after abduction phase than anything. The author did a really great job and really made me detest Rick. I read this book hoping that his "plan" didn't work. Can't tell you what it was because its a huge spoiler. I flew through this book and did not want to put it down. The plot twists were excellent and I think the author did a great job with the characters. I also think she did a great job portraying the feelings these characters had. I would definitely encourage people to read this book. Thanks Redhook and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Twin sisters Lily and Abby had the usual squabbles and loving care of one another, as most sisters; their lives were just beginning as they attended high school in preparation for college.They had a loving and caring family and Lily had a loving boyfriend, Wes. All that was nearly destroyed by a diabolical, sociopath! Years later, circumstances have changed drastically. Lily's return brings joy, anger, confusion, heartache and later clarity to the family. This story takes place after Lily returns with references to earlier times. Abuse and twisted "training," are mentioned without graphic detail. Suspenseful and dramatic. Book free for honest review.
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