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.
Those were my exact words as soon as I finished reading this book.
I was just taken on such a roller coaster of emotions I don’t even know what to do with myself right now. How am I supposed to recover from reading a book so heavy with feels?
The feels are crushing me.
The story is told from Gemma’s point of view as if she’s writing to Ty, her captor (hence why the full title is Stolen: A Letter to My Captor). At first when I read about the writing style, I was a little leery. I didn’t know if it would be really stiff to read, or if it would straight up have a series of dates and “Dear Ty”s. But this method actually fit perfectly for the story that was being told–I’ve never read a book like it before and I don’t know if a different story using this style would be as effective as this one was.
I was more than pleasantly surprised.
And being that it’s from Gemma’s perspective and she’s writing to Ty, I felt everything as acutely as she did. Which let me tell you, was a whole myriad of emotions. Because HELLO, she was kidnapped by some guy and taken out to the remote Australian wilderness, WAY the heck outback. There’s the initial terror and the despair and the depression and the caution and the confusion. But the longer she’s nowhere with only Ty for company, everything starts getting jumbled.
She begins to understand him.
She starts to see more to him than just some crazy guy who kidnapped her on a whim, because there was a WHOLE lot more to the abduction than that. He shows that though he can be unstable and definitely has some issues, he can also be gentle and caring and protective.
And then he saves her life. Twice.
Her feelings become muddled and she knows what he did by stealing her away was wrong, but he’s also done right by her when he could have just left her to die. So what’s she supposed to think? What’s she supposed to say, what’s she supposed to do?
Yeah, I cried in this. I felt for him, I felt for her, I felt for the camel–I felt EVERY BLEEPING THING in this story.
EPIPHANY: This story totally stole me.
I can’t even fathom how much I’d have been losing out had I not read this book. I connected with this story on every level, and I just . . . I loved it. I really, really did.