Stolen: A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher

stolenPages: 304

Goodreads Rating: 3.93 / 5 stars

My Rating: 3 / 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, Realistic Fiction

Publication Date: May 4th 2009

Publisher: Chicken House Ltd.

Summary (Goodreads):

It happened like this. I was stolen from an airport. Taken from everything I knew, everything I was used to. Taken to sand and heat, dirt and danger. And he expected me to love him.

This is my story.

A letter from nowhere. 

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 Review: 

Review also posted on Goodreads

Stolen is written in the form of letters. Here, Gemma writes to her abductor, Ty. She recalled the events when she was abducted by him in Bangkok Airport and brought her to a desert in Australia against her will. What he did was wrong, she hates him and also scared he might hurt her. Her experience is terrifying, especially being in the wilderness with her kidnapper. Days passed by, Ty isn’t a monster she thought of. This man is kind and gentle, little by little she feels drawn to him. She shouldn’t have developed feelings towards him but this lonely man keeps her safe all the time and not once physically hurt her. Lines were blurred, making things complicated.

It started really great and I’m hooked on how Gemma tells her survival story. It’s gripping, raw and thought provoking as it focuses on Stockholm Syndrome. By 60%, it somewhat gets boring and I knew how this is going to end. It didn’t make me cry but I’m numb deep inside. I like Gemma’s honesty towards the end. I don’t hate nor love Ty but I believe he deserves a chance to get better.

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