Hollie Overton is a TV writer who has worked Cold Case, The Client List, and the new Shadowhunters on ABC Family — and the novel reads in the fast-paced way that a good TV or movie thriller watches.
Debut author Hollie Overton was raised by her single mother, and Hollie-—an identical twin herself-—draws on her unique childhood experiences for her first novel, Baby Doll. Overton’s father was a member of the notorious Overton gang in Austin, Texas, and spent several years in prison for manslaughter.
Baby Doll tells the story of an identical twin, Lily, who escapes the cabin where she’s been held hostage for 8 years. The novel focuses on her life after, trying to return to normalcy with her daughter Sky, born in captivity and named after what Lily misses most. She is happy to be back with her sister Abby, who helps her remember who she is even though she lost the end of her childhood and her early 20s.
The novel is told in chapters that alternate point-of-view, between Lily, Abby, their mother, and the captor. Their stories and responses to Lily’s capture and her return are all unique, and definitely kept me turning pages.
When Lily and Abby were in high school, they would talk about their spectacular days. Remembering those days were what kept Lily going. Creating new ones gives her hope for the possibility of a future.
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Written by 5 Minutes for Mom contributor, Jennifer Donovan.
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