Author: Lucy Christopher
Publisher: Chicken House Ltd
Published: May 4th 2009
Pages: Paperback 301
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.
Amazing. Wonderful. Beautifully written. I could not put this book down. This book will put anyone on an emotional ride. I think the narrative was amazing. If it had been written in any other way I don’t think it would’ve been as good. The idea of writing a letter to your kidnapper is an interesting one, but this one puts the reader in the shoes of the kidnapper, with Gemma talking to the reader as if we were her kidnapper.
The details of the setting really put you in that place. It seems like such a beautiful place. I think the whole book was beautiful! I can’t even put how wonderful this book is into words.
I think the best part of the book was that when Gemma’s feelings of Ty changes, my feelings for Ty changed as well. In the beginning, you just think that he’s such a horrible monser, but as you get to know Ty you see that he isn’t this horrible person and you might even start to like him. I personally feel like I would fall in love with Ty.
“It’s hard to hate someone once you understand them. I felt so mixed up”
I think this book review is definitaly the hardest I’ve done so far. Its just been an emotional roller coaster. I think that this is one of my all time favorite books.