My Rating: 5 stars
Gemma, 16, is on layover at Bangkok Airport, en route with her parents to a vacation in Vietnam. She steps away for just a second, to get a cup of coffee. Ty - rugged, tan, too old, oddly familiar - pays for Gemma's drink. And drugs it. They talk. Their hands touch. And before Gemma knows what's happening, Ty takes her. Steals her away. The unknowing object of a long obsession, Gemma has been kidnapped by her stalker and brought to the desolate Australian Outback.
My friends, this book is something special.
I will never read another book like this one. This author was a genius, and if you read on, I will tell you why.
First, the writing. Oh my gosh the writing was beautiful. It is written form Gemma to Ty in a letter, and that was so unique and just amazing. I wish every book I read had writing as different as this one.
“You saw me before I saw you. You had that look in your eyes, as though you wanted something from me, as though you'd wanted it for a long time.”
Just. Beautiful. Writing.
Starting out, the plot seems really strait forward and almost seems like it will be a light read, but that was not the case. This book was a rocky journey that had many ups and downs and ended in a way that broke my heart, even though it shouldn’t have.
Gemma was so different than what I am used to. I am used to reading strong characters that fear nothing. I am used to the chicks that take up guns, swords, or fists against their foes. Gemma wasn’t that.
She was a normal, scared girl. She looked at her handsome captor’s god-like body and merely saw it as the thing that could strangle the life out of her. She didn’t swoon over his muscles, but feared the control and force they could have over her if he wanted.
Her escape attempts were not thought out and were feeble. They weren’t epic. They were actually kind of sad to witness.
Those things made her amazing and unique in her own right.
That leads to our next character: Ty. Gemma starts out with pure hatred and mistrust towards him. I mean, he abducted her! She certainly should feel that way. I started out hating him too.
She wanted to kill him or get him arrested and I was rooting on that mindset. He was not right in his mind. He is a very complex character. He is angry, misunderstood, gentle, and kind. But he also just isn’t in his right mind.
But, ladies and gentlemen, here is where the author is a genius.
I start out hating—even despising—Ty, but in the second half of the novel, I start to feel for him and sympathize with him. I start to see the good outweigh the bad.
I start to feel for her captor just as Gemma does.
One I finished this book, I set it down and was like, “I have Stockholm Syndrome.”
Okay, soooooo…I wasn’t held captive, but I definitely had Stockholm Syndrome.
If I had only read the second half of this book by itself, I would have been like “Ho! Don’t fall into his traps. He is cray cray. See through his handsome façade.” But reading it from start to finish put me into Gemma’s shoes and Stockholm Syndrome followed suit.
This book has no action. There is very little suspense, but that did not matter. It was a quick read that took me on a journey that ripped my heart into little pieces and did not bother to try and put them together again. It deserves these 5 stars.