Quickie Review: Stolen by Lucy Christopher

17357217Stolen | Lucy Christopher | Chicken House Publishing | Stand Alone | Source: Bought | 301 pages | Young Adult | Contemporary 
Release Date: September 5th, 2013 (Originally Published May 4th, 2009)
ISBN13: 9781908435750
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Goodreads Synopsis:

“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.”

Review:

Stolen follows the story of Gemma, she is was kidnapped from airport in Bangkok and taken in to a hut in the desert. This is her story of survival, a letter to her captor.

This was a huge surprise for me. I never really had Lucy Christopher on my radar. I recognised her books by the fonts and cover style (good marketing technique, to be fair!) but I never really had any specific intention to read her books.

This is a very intense and real portrayal of a kidnapping. One thing I adored about this book was the writing style. I want to say that this was written in 2nd person. Everything is described in a way that “You did this”, “You did that” and “You stole me”. It made it incredibly personal while reading it.  I felt like I was in Gemma’s shoes the whole time.

Unlike the few other kidnapping books I have read before. We have a very dense and in depth profile of bother the abductor and the abducted. We have a huge back story on Ty his intentions, although incredibly distorted are plausible and Gemma’s Stockholm syndrome is very well done and again, is plausible.

Overall, I hugely recommend this. It is a well written contemporary and is definitely one of my favourite books of this year. I read it one sitting which is testament to how good it was. I will definitely check her other books out!

 Goodreads average: 3.94/5 (Out of 34,004)

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