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.
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.
Baby Doll starts off with Lily managing to get away from where she has been held captive for eight years. She was only in her teens and still at school when she was taken and now has a daughter of her own.
What I loved about this book is that it isn’t just a tense thriller, which it is by the way. But it is also very much about re building relationships and trying to start over.
Lily is remarkably strong after her ordeal. She has been through hell yet she desperately wants to move on with her life and do all the things she missed out on as well as give her daughter a normal life.
I felt so much empathy for Lily and her family. Not only do they have to deal with journalists hounding them as well as the mind games that Rick the captor is playing, but they also have a lot of readjusting to do.
The story flicks between quite a lot of the characters so that you know exactly how they feel and what’s going on in their head. It really does make for a heartfelt read in places as well as shocking, especially when it comes to Rick.
Rick I absolutely loathed. He is one truly sick and twisted individual. He is pure evil through and through.
The relationship between Lily and Abby, her twin sister, was literally quite stunning. I think the author wrote their thoughts and feelings so well, so much so that I was a total emotional wreck by the end. The sisters relationship before Lily went missing was your typical sisterly relationship of arguing and falling out then the next minute, best of friends again. Abby has beaten herself up constantly since her sister was taken as she blames herself. She has become very damaged and won’t let anyone get close to her and is struggling in dealing with her emotions now that her sister is back.
I literally went through so many emotions reading this novel. Happy, sad, shocked, horrified, the author certainly takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster of a ride. I found it so hard to read about Lily returning home, which in her head time has stood still, she still has the same feelings for her family and her boyfriend Wes and when she discovers that some people have moved on with their lives as well as some no longer being around as she has been gone for quite a while, well I was literally heart broken along with her.
Baby Doll is literally a stunning novel which totally blew me away. I knew from the description that this was one book that I had to read and I am so glad I did. The author not only delivers a dark and tense read but she shows us the after affects as well as how people change and how a family that is ripped apart, slowly rebuilds itself.
Simply breath taking.
Many thanks to Netgalley and Random House UK, Cornerstone for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.
Baby Doll is out on the 30th of June but you can pre order a copy now at Amazon.