When I was at BEA, one of the people in the Hachette booth looked at me and said, “This is like Room, but darker.” And I was in. I was so in.
Lily was kidnapped eight years ago. Since then, she has endured serious torture, sexual abuse, and a pregnancy. But then one day, her kidnapper forgets to lock the door. And Baby Doll runs, runs, runs all the way home.
To spoil anything in this book would be a crime. So I will quote what the synopsis says, “This is what happens next…to her twin sister, to her mother, to her daughter…and to her captor.”
This book is dark, scary, sad, and twisty. Much like Room, it captures the escape from the kidnapper and the hard adjustment after the horror. But on a different (and in my opinion, better) note, Baby Doll is told from multiple different viewpoints, instead of just the child’s. This brings in different feelings, different perspectives, and I think that makes the story more impactful.
Sorry for my lack of posts lately. I’ve been building up content to give you a more consistent feed of new and interesting books, giveaways, and bookish news.
Some exciting news: Next week, I’ll be attending BookExpo America, the country’s largest book-related conference, as well as BookCon! I hope to bring back lots of interesting new ideas and content, including some of the most anticipated books of the year.
Thanks for hanging in there with me, and stay tuned for the scoop on what I’m reading.
Unpopular opinion: I do judge books by their covers.
It comes down to one simple reason. If you (or your publisher) didn’t care enough or didn’t want to spend the money to come up with an intriguing, beautiful, genre-appropriate cover, what are the chances that you (or they) cared enough or wanted to spend the money to develop and edit to make the story as perfect and engaging as possible?
In my career and my free time, I spend an enormous amount of time around books.
However, this is not always true — sometimes there’s a crap cover on an amazing book, and sometimes there’s a beautiful cover on a turd of a book — but it usually is a good guideline to follow.