Stolen by Lucy Christopher (Review)

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Synopsis: 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.

Cover: I really love the simplicity of this cover and the butterfly because, once you read the book, you’ll realize the significance of it.

My thoughts: Stolen is a story written in the form of a letter about a girl named Gemma who gets kidnapped at an airport by a mysterious and intriguing man named Ty. He took her to the Outback in Australia where they were surrounded by nothing for miles upon miles. He believed, in his own way, that he was doing her a favor by taking her away from her parents who never truly cared for her. He believed he was saving her. He truly cared for Gemma as a person instead of a prisoner. He made sure she was comfortable in her new surroundings and valued her opinions even if she resented him for taking her. 

What I really loved was how connected Ty was with nature. He was able to make London dweller, Gemma, appreciate the peacefulness and silence that the Outback had to offer. Ty, believe it or not, was an incredibly kind person in a way. It felt wrong to like a criminal, but I believed that was the intention. The author wanted the reader to feel the same way Gemma did. I felt the same uncertainty as Gemma did whenever Ty got angry with her. I also felt my heart and mind opening as Gemma did when Ty showed her his precious paintings and got her a pet in the dessert. 

I enjoyed reading their conversations about their lived before the Outback. I especially liked seeing Gemma gradually remember her forgotten encounters with Ty before she was taken. It was interesting to realize she knew him before, in London. To me, I believed Ty took Gemma in hopes of keeping her from the problems life was inevitably going to throw at her. He went through so much and eventually believed he was helping Gemma. 

The ending broke my heart even if it was technically happy. I believe the author wanted us to feel heartbroken like Gemma as if we personally developed Stockholm syndrome just by reading this book. I absolutely adored this novel. It made me, in a way appreciate life a little bit more. I highly recommend this to any person in need of a thought provoking novel.

Rating: ★★★★★

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