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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Stolen Review


Written by: Lucy Christopher
# of pages: 300

Average Rating: 3.94/5
My Rating: 2/5

Read in March 2014

Summary according to goodreads

Sixteen year old Gemma is kidnapped from Bangkok airport and taken to the Australian Outback. This wild and desolate landscape becomes almost a character in the book, so vividly is it described. Ty, her captor, is no stereotype. He is young, fit and completely gorgeous. This new life in the wilderness has been years in the planning. He loves only her, wants only her. Under the hot glare of the Australian sun, cut off from the world outside, can the force of his love make Gemma love him back? 

The story takes the form of a letter, written by Gemma to Ty, reflecting on those strange and disturbing months in the outback. Months when the lines between love and obsession, and love and dependency, blur until they don't exist - almost.

My Thoughts

I really enjoyed how the writing style of this book helped you feel like you were there. It was so unique to read a book that was written in the form of a letter to the captor, instead of just a first-person play by play of what had happened. 

It scared me to think how easy he took her out of the airport, and how often it actually happens in our world. Being someone that has travelled alone, and will be doing more travelling, it makes me wary of strangers because you never know who is really… crazy for lack of a better word.

Ty - the main antagonist - was an interesting character as he was not what I expect out of a regular kidnapper. I have studied sociology and psycology, and have done studies on kidnappers, and he doesn't fit the average. His tactics were well thought out, but his reasonings for taking her were not the usual. Most people kidnap children mostly for their own fantasies, or other deranged reasons, but he thought he was doing it for her benefit. 

I am torn over how I feel about the ending of this book. It was kind of predictable, and maybe even realistic when compared to real life situations, but I think it could have been written better. As I was reading it, I didn't feel the emotions that Gemma was describing.