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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Overall I loved this book. It is a great story the is written by the main character, Gemma, as she is writing a letter to the man who kidnapped her, Ty. He swiped her from the airport in Bangkok, and brought her back to Australia with him. She tells about the steps and major effort he took to get her there. Gemma talks about the years he spent stalking her. This book flows smoothly, and is extremely creepy. It is not only an interesting look into an obsessive personality disorder, but also the effects of Stockholm Syndrome. It's a great read. If you have read and enjoyed Room by Emma Donoghue, you'll enjoy Stolen: A Letter to My Captor.
I give this a 4 out of 5.