For fans of Gone Girl and Girl on the Train, Baby Doll is the most tense thriller you will read this year.So, I came across this book about a month after reading the book Room, just after seeing the movie when it came out. It seemed very similar, and I wanted to see if I liked it as much.
Held captive for eight years, Lily has grown from a teenager to an adult in a small basement prison. Her daughter Sky has been a captive her whole lige. But one day, their captor leaves the deadbolt unlocked.
This is what happens next...
...to her twin sister, to her mother, to her daughter...and to her captor.
At first, I thought perhaps it was a ripoff of Room. However, the more and more I got into it, the only real similarity is the main plot of the story.
While Room is told from the POV of the little boy, Baby Doll rotates through several POVs. You get to hear the story through both twins, the mom, and even the abductor. That is something that I thought was interesting, not often do you get the perspective of the bad guy. The only thing that I wish was visited a little bit is the POV of the little girl. I think that would have added something to the story, but I can see why the author did not include this, as it would be hard to include this where it would flow well with the rest of the story.
Overall, I was pretty impressed with this book, especially since I figured it was a ripoff of another book. However, the books are way to different to accuse the author of that.
If you liked Room, you will probably like this book. It also does not focus much on the actual acts that were done to the main character, just an FYI, as I know that a couple of people that I've talked to about room did not want to read it if it was too graphic about the abuse. Like room, while the abuse is mentioned, there are not graphic details, and the author does a good job at showing how much the abuse affected the main character without spelling out everything that was done to her.
This was overall, a good, easy read, and I would recommend it.
I received a copy of this book from the publishers, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.