I am expecting that I would love this book.. most especially that everyone seems to love the book, that most of the reviews from the readers are positive.
It saddened me that I feel disappointed after reading this. Truly that every book has different effects to the readers – and every readers has different reactions, overview, perspective and experiences with the books. And this book is flat..disappointing..annoying..
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.
This book seemed very promising, but it was clear about halfway through that it wasn’t going to deliver. I couldn’t find a way to relate to the emotional flatness of the narrator, and I couldn’t take the attempts to redeem her captor either. It is a unique story, the premise was right up my alley – a psychological thriller, an exploration of Stockholm Syndrome, a story about a kidnapped person who finds herself emotionally attached to her captor – I think the last fifteen to twenty pages deal with it. But I need to finish this book so I did.. and what is this? A letter to my captor, but as I viewed it, it’s a recollection of everything that happened between Gemma and Ty in the middle of Australian Outback. I just couldn’t get all the wonderful reviews that I have read about this book – while me, I felt as disconnected with the characters – I don’t understand why I never loved this book the way other readers loved it. – I am Bored.
So this book… Just not my type. I’m not going to lie, Indeed I am disappointed. If you are into this kind of thing, more power to you! But it just wasn’t for me. Happy reading guys.
1 out of 5 stars.