12 July 2016

Today's Read & Giveaway: Baby Doll by Hollie Overton

Review: Baby Doll by Hollie OvertonSuppose you were kidnapped at age sixteen and held captive for eight years in a dark basement. Then one day your prayers are answered, and you can escape, taking your six-year-old daughter with you. What would you find in the outside world and how would ever feel safe again?

A dead bolt has a very specific sound. Lily was an expert at recognizing certain sounds—the creak of the floorboards signaling his arrival, the mice scurrying across the concrete in search of food. But Lily always braced herself for the sound of the dead bolt, listening as metal scraped against metal. The lock was beginning to rust, so it always took him several tries. But inevitably, she would hear the click, the sound that meant they were trapped for another week, another month, another year. But tonight, she heard nothing. Only deafening silence. Hours passed, and she couldn’t stop thinking about the lock.
Baby Doll by Hollie Overton (Redhook Books, 2016, p. 1)

Quick Facts
  • Setting: Crested Glen (not yet sure of the state), modern times
  • Circumstances: Lily escapes her abductor only to discover she was held captive for eight years a mere five miles from her family home. Although finally free, nothing is how Lily imagined it would be. The world and people she remembers have changed, and her daughter is scared and confused. Will Lily's abductor remain behind bars? Can she ever find peace and hope to live any kind of normal life?
  • Genre: psychological study
  • Characters: Lily, who was kidnapped and escaped; Abby, Lily's twin sister; Rick, the abductor (we meet him almost immediately); Eve, Lily's mom; Sky, Lily's daughter; other people from Lily's past; the police
  • What I like so far: Here's my best recommendation at this point—I picked up the book intending to read only a little bit to get a feel for it, and I was on page 40 before I knew it. So far, it's not as much of a thriller as it is an examination of coping in the aftermath of the kidnapping. I plan to keep reading. Also, the story is told from different viewpoints, which I almost always enjoy. My initial impression is that it's going to be a quick read.
  • Learn more: To read an excerpt and to learn more about Hollie Overton, visit her website, like her on Facebook, and/or follow her on Twitter. To learn more about the novel, which will be on bookstore shelves today, follow #BabyDollBook on your social media. To buy the book from an independent book store, visit IndieBound.
The Giveaway
Thanks to the nice people at Redhook Books, I can offer one of my readers a copy of Hollie Hoverton's Baby Doll. All you need to do to be entered for a chance to win is to fill out the following form and have a USA mailing address. I'll pick a winner via a random number generator on July 21. Once the winner has been confirmed, I'll delete all personal information from my computer. Good luck!


rhapsodyinbooks 7/12/16, 6:35 AM  

I guess it's a fascinating subject although I don't know why even though I share the fascination. Room was of course riveting, and I know I read the nonfiction account of the Lindberg kidnapping (Kidnap by George Waller) at least three times, although the legal case was extremely interesting to me as well.

Kathy Reads Fiction 7/12/16, 6:36 AM  

This one has intrigued me since before its release, and I love that it's a psychological study as opposed to thriller, even though psych thrillers are among my favorite books. The psychological effects of being captive "eight" years and having a "six" year-old daughter - the aftermath of that and leaving a place you've become accustomed to for such a period is fascinating to me.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea 7/12/16, 7:03 AM  

Love the intro and would want to read more.

bermudaonion 7/12/16, 7:54 AM  

I can't wait to read this!!

Sherry Fundin 7/12/16, 8:03 AM  

Sounds like a good one to me.
sherry @ fundinmental

Kathy Martin 7/12/16, 8:29 AM  

This one does sound intriguing. It must be fascinating to read about the effects of being kidnapped. My teaser this week comes from The Wild Ways by Tanya Huff which has been sitting on TBR Mountain forever. Happy reading!

collinesblog.com 7/12/16, 9:00 AM  

Sounds like a nailbiter!
My teaser this week: https://collinesblog.com/2016/07/12/teaser-tuesday-they-may-not-mean-to-but-they-do/

Laura Thomas 7/12/16, 9:10 AM  

After seeing similar events happen in real life, this one has me curious to read the characters thoughts.

My TT from Over Easy

JoAnn 7/12/16, 10:01 AM  

Was wondering if it would be too much like Room. I like that it's told from multiple viewpoints.

Laurel-Rain Snow 7/12/16, 11:49 AM  

I do love the look of this one, and have been eyeing it lately. I especially love the part about how finely tuned she is to the significant sounds she hears. Thanks for sharing. Here's mine: “THE MELODY LINGERS ON”

Deb in Hawaii 7/12/16, 1:13 PM  

I saw this book the other day and was wondering about it--a bit afraid of how close it would be and how well it would hold up against Room, but this post has made me add it to my TBR list. I like the focus on the psychological aspects. Thanks for sharing and for the opportunity to win a copy. ;-)

Tina 7/12/16, 2:10 PM  

Wow...creepy and intriguing all at once.

Margot 7/12/16, 3:53 PM  

I've always avoided this type of story although I like the first paragraph and your take on it. I'd have to ease myself into it.

Iliana 7/12/16, 4:02 PM  

Thank you for the giveaway opportunity! This does sound like a fascinating read.

Stacey Schneller 7/12/16, 4:37 PM  

I enjoyed this book :). I hope you like it. Thanks for the chance for the giveway. Have a great day.

Literary Feline 7/12/16, 5:16 PM  

I can't even imagine being in that situation. I can only imagine how difficult it would be for the girl and her daughter to readjust to life outside of captivity. Sounds like a good one! Thanks for sharing!

Heather Fineisen 7/12/16, 7:02 PM  

Sounds like a psychologically intense read. I've added it to my list. Enjoy!

(Diane) bookchickdi 7/12/16, 9:22 PM  

My sister would love this book, she likes scary stuff.

Emma Littlefield 7/13/16, 2:14 AM  

I know this story has been done before but this sounds like it's a good one so I'd keep reading.

Melynda Brown 7/13/16, 7:45 AM  

It is a fascinating study, the devil you know ( the captor) or the devil you don't (freedom).

Verushka Byrow 7/16/16, 7:18 AM  

I just finished this -- it's SO good.

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