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.
Stolen is her gripping story of survival, of how she has to come to terms with her living nightmare – or die trying to fight it. – Goodreads
Stolen by Lucy Christopher will straight up mess with your head. I’ve been wanting to read it for over two years now and when I had the opportunity to borrow it, I immediately jumped at the chance. I expected that this would be a hard read because, hello, we all know about abduction cases in real life and they are a worst nightmare.
Lucy Christopher definitely captured the nightmare side of things and it was so unsettling to read about Gemma’s terrifying experience of being drugged and taken by some guy to the middle of nowhere. I’m not even exaggerating when I say “middle of nowhere” because reading about the desert and the lack of anything out there made me sick to my stomach. I felt Gemma’s need to escape, but I also felt her terror of not knowing where to go and feeling so trapped by the vast open space.
Ty, her captor, is no doubt terrifying because he is definitely unhinged. He has long obsessed over Gemma and he plans to keep her with him forever. However, Lucy Christopher allows a glimpse into his past and brings his vulnerabilities to the surface which, in turn, allowed me to sympathize with him to a certain degree. It was conflicting because, on one hand, he’s so messed up and he was wrong to take Gemma, but on the other, I was able to somewhat understand his motives.
Make no mistake, there would be no sympathizing with anyone’s captors in real life, but as far as Stolen goes, I loved that Lucy Christopher didn’t have a clear definition of right and wrong. This book stressed me out, yes, but it also made me think about reasoning and intentions.
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