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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Stolen: A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher

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.


Ty is an individual that Gemma met while buying a coffee in the airport.  She found him to be captivating and gorgeous.  She felt special when he bought her a coffee and wanted to sit with her.  This was a mistake in judgment by Gemma.  It was the kindness of this so-called stranger that led to Gemma's kidnapping.  

Gemma learns throughout this book that Ty has been following her since she was ten years old.  He has been watching her and only wants to be with her.  He has been planning their stay together in Australia and has no intention of leaving.  

Gemma's letter to Ty is a heartbreaking story of how Gemma's spirit is eventually broken.  She feels sorry for her captor and believes he has no intention of hurting her.  She displays clear symptoms of Stockholm Syndrome and this letter is her way to deal with the trauma she's went through.  

This is a great story that allows us to see the view of the victim and how they felt through their time in captivity.  We see Gemma's thoughts and feelings change throughout the book and evolve into something new.  I enjoyed this well-written book and would definitely recommend it.

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