Over the last year I have found myself drawn to escape books, a few months ago I read Room by Emma Donoghue and in the summer I read Remember Me Like This by Bret Anthony Johnston, and when I read the description I thought it sounded quite similar. This book was kindly provided by NetGalley.
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 façade.
From the synopsis, I assumed the novel would be in the second person, which would have been very interesting and is what originally made me read it. However as I started the book I realised it was written in the third person, but different to Room it not only showed the victims Point of View but also the rest of the family and the perpetrator of the crime. The description was right in saying impossible to not read in one sitting. I read it in two only because I started quite late on Sunday night, I read about a quarter on the first night and finished it late on the Bank Holiday Monday.
It is definitely very addictive, the characters were mostly believable and 3D which is always a help. The only problem I have was the section between the three quarter mark and the end, though oddly satisfying I did find it rather far fetched as though the author was attempting to tie up the loose ends quickly.
Other than this I found this book completely believable and utterly heart-breaking and -warming at the same time. I found myself really caring about the characters and I really want to know what happened to the characters at the end of the book, so Ms Overton, if you read this could you drop me a message and let me know how Lily and Abby are getting on!
I’m rating this 5 out of 5 because I found it so addictive!