Standalone Sunday is a feature created here where each Sunday you feature a standalone book (not part of a series) that you loved or would recommend!
This week I am highlighting Stolen by Lucy Christopher!
Paraphrased from Goodreads:
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.
For some (slightly disturbing) reason, I’ve always been interested in kidnappings. I think I’m just interested in the psychology behind it. Like why would someone kidnap another person?
ANYWAY This book, while fictional, is super interesting. It’s fairly slow in that there really isn’t much plot. Gemma’s kidnapped in the first chapter and the rest of the book is her living with Ty in the Australian outback. I don’t mind the slowness though, because it’s fairly well written and I think the topic is interesting. It’s not super heavy (I don’t think) so it’s a fairly easy read. I definitely recommend it.
Thanks for reading! If you’ve read any books about kidnappings, let me know so my disturbed ass can read them! xx