Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Review: Stolen: A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher



Title:  Stolen: A Letter to My Captor
Author:  Lucy Christopher
Publisher: Chicken House Ltd
Published:  May 4, 2009
Purchase:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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.



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"'How long will you keep me?' I asked.
You shrugged. 'Forever, of course.'"
 
 
What words would you use to describe a man who abducts someone? A bad guy? Monster? Freak? How about the crime he committed? It should be an easy call to make. Black and white; wrong and right... except it’s not. Not even close. Stolen is a letter written by Gemma to Ty, the man who abducted her from an airport in Bangkok. But the things we learn about Ty and being able to experience Gemma’s captivity through her eyes make you realize nothing is black and white. There's so much gray, and I love the gray.

“It sounded weird to hear you talk so much; normally you only said a few words at a time. I'd never imagined that you'd have a story, too. Until that moment, you were just the kidnapper. You didn't have reasons for anything. You were stupid and evil and mentally ill. That was all. When you started talking, you started changing.” 

The spectacular, vivid descriptions of the Australian landscape that had me nearly feeling the hot red sand between my toes, and the emotional and thought-provoking passages in this poignant story make it a must-read. Stolen messed with my mind and it toyed with my heart. I questioned it, I was angered by it, I cried over it, and I fell in love with it. A beautifully written, amazingly unique concept that I'm so happy I read.

“And it's hard to hate someone once you understand them.” 

chelesiggy

18 comments:

  1. HOLY CRAP ON A CRACKER! This book sounds like a mind duck (hahahaha) Please excuse my language. I am scurrying off to add this to my TBR right now. Awesome review!

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    1. Bwahahaha!! It WAS a mind duck! So excited you are adding it to your TBR. I hope you'll love it! Thank you <3

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  2. Woman..you tease me with your review, you hint but don't reveal *thank you..i hate spoilers* You give me just enough that I am now drooling, and Teresa is right Holy Crap on a Cracker..bwahahaha!

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    1. *hugs this comment*. Yeah, you know I abhor those spoilers, but I LOVEEEEEE to tease. This is a drool-worthy one for sure. <3

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  3. Beautiful review, Michele! Just thinking about this book makes me want to sigh, tear up and smile. It's such a quietly though-provoking story. And I completely agree that nothing here was black and white! I loved that about it.

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    1. Thank you, Sam! I am not ashamed to admit that when I was adding the quotes, I cried... again. This story just touches the heart. <3

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  4. I have heard some amazing things about this book and it is true there is always that grey area. I really need to check this one out. I loved your review. I am glad you are blogging a bit more, so sorry for your computer issues. Thanks for taking the time to comment on my blog with the Father Time Computer.

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    1. Thank you, Heidi! It really is a book worth checking out - such an incredible story!

      Haha! Thank you, love! I know - I feel like every blog I've commented on since the death of my laptop should have a note included that reads, "This comment is a labor of love and should be cherished, 'cause I've been here for hoursssssssss."

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  5. Oh wow, what a beautiful review, for such an amazingly powerfully emotional book. This has been on my "tbr list" for quite sometime and now that I have it on my Kindle, I'll have to check it out. :)

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    1. Awww, Thank you so much! It really is powerful and full of emotion. I'm so excited you have it to read. Hope you love it! <3

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  6. Man oh man, does this ever sound good. It always kind of puts me on edge when I hear about stories like this, but I'm so curious about how it plays out.

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    1. Oh, Christy - it really is! I know what you mean. You may have to be in the right kind of mood for this particular story, but I still think you will like it ;)

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  7. The descriptions sound great. I have been eyeing this story for quite a while and need to pick it up.
    Happy reading,
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

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    1. It's such a beautiful book! Hope you can read it soon and that you'll love it :)

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  9. Sorry- I made a mistake in my last comment.

    Super cover and a wonderful review. Love the quote at the end. I now am very curious about this book! I hope I can read it soon. :)

    ~Jess

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  10. I LOVE books that attempt to characterize the gray, and love reveling in that gray itself! Sounds like a book for me! Also, I love the details you captured in your review--the feeling of toes in the sand--as these elements so often set the tone/feeling for my memories. By pointing these out, you’ve aided Gemma in her own story-telling, as she strives to relay her experience! Beautiful review! xoxo

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  11. Dude,I saw this book a long time ago, and I thought, wow this looks interesting. The loser that I am, I still haven't bought it. True. lol

    I definitely have to read it now. i'm all about the books that make me feel all the feels lately.

    on a second note, I love to read about australia because I will never got there, that place is scary as fuck. Every poisonous thing out there, lives in Australia. Like those tiny little deadly jelly fishies. No about of piss will save you from them. So I'll visit in books. lol.

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