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Previously reviewed by the same author:
IT HAPPENED LIKE THIS.
I was stolen from an airport. Kidnapped. Taken from everything I knew, everything I was used to. Imprisoned by sand and heat, dirt and danger. And he expected me to love him.
This is my story. A letter to my captor.
Stolen tells the story of Gemma, who is taken from an airport far away to Australia. A controversial story, that’s for sure. I have really mixed feelings about this book. I enjoyed reading it (despite the tough subject matter) but at the same time, I was expecting to be blown away…and I wasn’t. Don’t get me wrong, I would totally recommend this book, I just think I had too high expectations going into it. This book is unique and interesting to read with a very intriguing view of Stockholm Syndrome.
I really enjoyed reading Gemma’s story. The story was told through Gemma addressing her kidnapper in a letter. I think this was a really effective way to portray how Gemma was feeling and how her feelings changed with time.The use of this narrative works because it feels much more intimate. The reader feels like they get to know her and live through her terrible experience with her.
Ty, the kidnapper, is an interesting character. He’s one that utterly confused me. I wasn’t sure what to make of him. Obviously, it’s completely wrong what he did and the fact he didn’t seem to realise what he did was wrong really frustrated me. My mixed feelings come from feeling somewhat sorry for him. He clearly needed help. It may have been interesting to learn about the kidnapping from Ty’s point of view. It’s not often that I long for alternate points of view (I don’t think it always works) but I’m certainly intrigued to Ty’s reasons behind the kidnapping.
This book made me think. It may not have been as amazing as I wanted it to be, but it was still a decent reading experience!
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