Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Stolen 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 Description and photo from Goodreads.com
An interesting take on Stockholm Syndrome. I say interesting because of the way it made me feel while I was reading the book. I read this during a stressful time in my life. As Gemma is taken from the Bangkok airport by a really cute and seemingly nice guy who didn't abuse her, rape her or even talk rudely to her. Besides the fact that he chose to kidnap her, this guy is somebody I could fall for in a second. I kept thinking during this stressful time in my life how nice it would be to be taken away from my life and taken care of far away from society with a seemingly very nice person.
Well that is why you can learn to identify with the situation, and how Stockholm Syndrome can arise. Of course I am not saying that in any form that this situation is like any other real life kidnapping situation, but it was a nice read and written beautifully. I did keep wondering throughout the story when something was going to happen. I kept thinking something huge would happen to cause him to act out and hurt her, but he was always very kind and treated her like she was the world to him.
There are some creepier parts when he talks about all the planning that went into the decision. And of course the outback in Australia where it's just hot desert, with very little entertainment and no people...oh and lots of bugs, snakes and insects.
It's a beautifully written story that portrays this idea brilliantly.