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With an unusual focus, ‘Baby Doll’ is a menacing, yet beautifully compassionate read. Lily escapes captivity after eight years, she has suffered the unthinkable trauma of being mentally and physically abused, when she returns home, will she find it possible to live ‘happily ever after’? Chapters centre on one of four people, each chapter is short, throbbing with intensity, highlighting thoughts and feelings. Hollie Overton has written in a simple style, which feels necessary as the heartrending after effects of the kidnapping come to the fore. With sinister precision, the offender skulks through the pages, waiting, biding his time. I simply galloped through this dramatic tale, hoping yet apprehensive, would justice prevail? Encouraging thoughts to explore different avenues, ‘Baby Doll’ is a gritty, and captivating read.
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.
|Publication date:||29th December 2016|
|Publisher:||Arrow Books Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone|
|Primary Genre||Thriller and Suspense|
Closing date: 30/09/2021
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'With a narrative that can only be described as 'nuclear', the story of newly freed Lily and her daughter Sky moves at breakneck speed as she publicly (and very satisfyingly) brings her kidnapper to justice - only to cause seismic eruptions in the lives of her bewildered family and twin, Abby. It's a really good read.' Stylist
'Compelling psychological thriller' Daily Express
'What a compulsive read! A brilliant first novel that kept me transfixed and entertained until the very last page.' -- Tess Gerritsen
Debut author Hollie Overton is a television writer who has written for ABC Family, CBS and Lifetime. Overton's father was a member of Austin, Texas notorious Overton gang, and spent several years in prison for manslaughter. Raised by her single mother, Hollie an identical twin herself, draws on her unique childhood experiences to lend realism and compassion to her depictions of violence and complicated family dynamics.More About Hollie Overton