Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Book Review: Stolen: A Letter to My Captor

Title Stolen: A Letter to My Captor

Author Lucy Christopher

Release Date May 4, 2009

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.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6408862-stolen
Review

I wanted to love this book. I really did. Between all the rave reviews I've read on Goodreads and its blurb, it seemed like a book I was sure to fall in love with. It didn't happen, though. Instead, the book was a huge letdown.

My biggest problem, I think, was the way the book was written. It's written as a letter by Gemma to her captor, Ty. It didn't read like a letter to me, not really. Gemma recounts the events of the time she spent with Ty... to him. It was odd and really took away from the story. I remember thinking over and over again that writing a letter to Ty to tell him what happened was redundant. He already knew what had happened. It just seemed weird and it wasn't done well at all.

I didn't care for or connect with Gemma or Ty. I found them to be dull and boring characters. Frankly, I didn't care what happened to either of them. The only one I cared for, at all, was the camel.

I couldn't recommend this book to anyone. It felt like a waste of time and I was really disappointed.

Rating

1.5 out of 5 stars

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