Baby Doll

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 life. 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.

Let me start by saying I had a very different review planned for this book. And that I really hate it when this happens. Because I honestly liked Baby Doll. It probably would have gotten a 4 from me. Is it “The Next Gone Girl!”? No. But it’s a great thriller, and a solid view of PTSD and recovery.

However, sometimes my “write the review immediately after reading the book” policy will bite you in the ass.

Because this happened in the Epilogue, two minutes before the close of the book:

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There is absolutely no reason to fat-shame there. Zero. It’s completely out of character for Lily. The scene is supposed to prove how strong she is, how far along her path of recovery she has come. She’s also a grown woman. While I understand her abuser degraded her, I still think it should have been shown in another way. That sentence could have been removed completely. Reading that shatters all illusions I have about Lily and the world she lives in.

Nope. Book ruined, just by that sentence. Doesn’t that suck so hard?

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NetGalley and Redhook provided this ARC for an unbiased review.

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