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Stolen by Lucy Christopher

September 12th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Purchased myself

Publication date: May 4, 2009

Publisher: Chicken House Ltd

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars

Summary from Goodreads.com: 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.

This book was rated 5 stars by several friends and book bloggers whose opinion I highly value so I rushed out and bought it but it sat on my shelf for years.  I made it one of my 10 books I must read in 2011 and can now check it off as the third one I’ve read from that list.  Unfortunately it just did not live up to the hype for me.  Maybe I had too high of expectations going in because of all the outstanding reviews or maybe it just wasn’t the book for me.

I could relate to Gemma in most of the book as she has to deal with this stalker who kidnaps her and takes her to the middle of nowhere thinking he’s actually rescuing her.  A born and bred city girl, she has no clue how to survive in the wilderness yet is determined to escape from Ty’s clutches.  I wasn’t a huge fan of the letter format the story was written in as Gemma is writing a letter to Ty as she tells her story.   It would have been nice to get to see inside Ty’s head more than we do from just her observations.  He obviously had issues but I found it hard to sympathize with him or view him as anything other than seriously unbalanced.  I’ve heard of Stockholm Syndrome but never read much about it so it still baffles me that she might at some point feel something other than fear and loathing for Ty.

I really struggled to stick with this one and finish it up.  I am glad I finally read it but it definitely doesn’t rank high on my list of favorite reads.  It does pose some interesting discussion questions though in regards to Gemma’s feelings towards Ty, Ty’s true motivations, etc.

Posted in 3 Star Books

3 Responses

  1. Michelle

    Boo! I’m sad this one didn’t work well for you. I get it though, I often get that when a book is universally loved by others. I walk away thinking….”Really? That?” LOL

    Hope the next one you pick up is better!

  2. Kailana

    I have been seeing this book around. It is too bad you didn’t like it as much as some of the other reviews I have seen, though…

  3. Pam (@iwriteinbooks)

    This has been on and off my radar. It LOOKS interesting in theory but I just can’t commit to it. I fel like reviews are just totally all over the board.

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