Hollie Overton Baby Doll


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You've been held captive in one room, 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 about what happens next ...

Lily knows that she must bring the man who nearly ruined her life - her good-looking high-school teacher - to justice. But she never imagined that reconnecting with her family would be just as difficult. Reclaiming her relationship with her twin sister, her mother, and her high school sweetheart who is in love with her sister may be Lily's greatest challenge. After all they've been through, can Lily and her family find their way back after this life-altering trauma?

Impossible not to read in one sitting, "Baby Doll" is a taut psychological thriller that focuses on family entanglements and the evil that can hide behind a benign facade.

Similar to Room, but focussed more on the relationships between the kidnapped woman and her family.

— Cattie

Kein haarsträubender Thriller, aber ein spannendes Psychodrama.

— Fornika

Stöbern in Krimi & Thriller

Schlüssel 17

Tolles Setting, fesselnder Plot. Großes Kino!


Die Vergessenen

Keine leichte Geschichte, nichts für schwache Gemüter.


Zu viele Köche

Krimi-Klassiker, aber aktueller den je



Grausam, Spannnend, tragisch



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In ewiger Schuld

Anfangs interessant und auch teilweise hochspannend, aber dann ein völlig unglaubwürdiges Ende..


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  • The demon deep inside

    Baby Doll


    28. September 2016 um 23:01

    Baby Doll has been compared to Gone Girl as well as Girl on the Train. While I did not really like Gone Girl myself, I did enjoy Girl on the Train. The reference I have read less about is the one to Room and it is Emma Donoghue’s novel that is most similar to Baby Doll. And the fact that the similarities cannot be overlooked bothered me in the beginning. In both stories, a young women is kidnapped by a man and held hostage for several years. Both women are frequently raped and get pregnant, although Lily also gets tortured, physically and mentally. When she gives birth to a daughter, Sky, she fights for both of them and they both keep on living in the cabin they are held captive in. Like Jack inRoom, Sky does not know what she cannot have, does not know about the outer world. She calls Lily’s captor “Daddy Rick” and this broke my heart. However, Room focusses on the life of Ma and Jack during captivity. In Baby Doll, Lily and Sky escape in the first chapter and the rest of the novel tells how they adjust to their new life and the difficult way to get justice for what their captor did to them, especially to Lily. This plot line was the most thrilling one to read about and when Rick himself is the focus of the chapter, we get an insight into his twisted and sick mind. He reminds me of Amy in Gone Girl, being crucial, manipulative and unpredictable which makes for a really interesting character. He also reminded me a bit of Hannibal Lecter at times. They are both abhorrent people, but can disguise their real nature perfectly.I do not understand why Overton put so much focus on other characters like Lily’s mum Eve and her love life. In general, Eve stays quite flat and boring. Lily’s twin sister Abby is more interesting, but even she fails to make a lasting impression. What I love about Room was that it is written from Jack’s perspective and shows how he experiences the life in captivity and their new beginning. We learn very few about Sky and her feelings. Of course, Lily acts as the protagonist and everything is way more horrible and imprinting for her, but I feel like Sky should not be overlooked in that way. Not when other characters like Eve get whole chapters for themselves featuring aspects that not pivotal to the story (at least in my eyes). Nevertheless, there are aspects I do like about the novel. The chapter are written in turn from Lily’s Eve’s, Abby’s and Rick’s perspective, but it is really only one plot line. Seeing the events from different angles allows us to get a better view of what is happening. The author tries to shed light on the various feelings and reactions the people involved have, although this does not always work. I like the focus on the psychological aspects, how Rick formed and in some way trained Lily to behave and think. The way media treats cases like this and only wants a good story, something that will sell, is also important. And that plot twist in the end, that was not really surprising, was so satisfying. I wanted to find out what happend next, how Lily and Sky were making progress with processing everything that happened to him and if Rick got what he deserved. I kept reading on and on, because Baby Doll is a page-turner, despite what I already mentioned. I found it fast-paced and without any greater lengths. I was glad that Overton never got too detailed when writing about what Rick had done to Lily, though maybe this ignorance makes it even more heinous. Lily’s strength and her will to fight for both Sky and herself impressed me. I hope nobody has to go through a similar experience ever, but it sadly happens way more often than we know. Some captives can escape after yeas of imprisonment, some get killed after having been tortured and abused. Others can think of no other way and kill themselves. The story shows once more that people are prone to believe that nothing bad can come from a person that is well-respected, friendly and  good-looking. Especially when it is a white man. The truth is, everyone can be a demon deep inside and the outer appearance should not influence our judgement.

  • Danach

    Baby Doll


    10. June 2016 um 10:06

    Über 3000 Tage war Lily eingesperrt, gefangen mit ihrer kleinen 6jährigen Tochter Sky. Doch dann macht ihr Entführer Rick einen gewaltigen Fehler und Lily ist frei. Zumindest kann sie aus ihrem physischen Gefängnis entkommen, denn die 3000 Tage haben nicht nur bei ihr Spuren hinterlassen, sondern haben ihre gesamte Familie verändert.  Hollie Overton hat eine unterhaltsame Geschichte geschrieben, die Story hat spannende Momente und hat mich über weite Teile gefesselt. Man darf jedoch keinen haarsträubenden Thriller erwarten, eher ein psychologisches Drama über eine Familie, die mit diesem schwierigen Schicksalsschlag umzugehen versucht. Overtons Charaktere wirkten zumeist sehr real, gerade die Probleme von Lily und ihrer Zwillingsschwester sind sehr realistisch beschrieben. Die inneren Konflikte, die Unsicherheit, die Stimmungsschwankungen usw., all das schien mir sehr echt. Skys Verhalten fand ich nicht immer logisch, schließlich sieht sie nach ihrer Flucht zum ersten Mal die Welt; gewisse Anpassungsschwierigkeiten hätte ich da doch erwartet, die blieben jedoch weitgehend aus. Die Story wird zudem aus verschiedenen Perspektiven erzählt, sodass man die Charaktere noch besser verstehen und kennenlernen kann. Mir hat Overtons Erzählstil sehr gut gefallen, da war es auch zu verschmerzen, dass manche Wendung nicht ganz so überraschend kam.  Fazit: schönes Debut.

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