Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy and Bloodhound Books for inviting me on this Blog Tour for The Second Captive by Maggie James.
Beth Sutton is eighteen years old when she is abducted. Held prisoner in a basement, she’s dependent on her captor for food, clothes and her very existence. As the months pass, her hatred towards her imprisoner changes to compassion.
But Beth cannot forget that her abductor is also a killer. And she has evidence to prove it…
Then Beth escapes
Can Beth escape from the prison that she has found herself in?
And is there a relationship between love and fear?
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Well at 18 you pretty well know everything and Beth was no exception. After meeting dark haired Dominic she felt that she was ready to move on from the sort of boy she would normally go out with. She would leave alone the 18 year old lads that were her age and make a play for this 28 year old man, after all he did seem interested in her even when he found out the age gap. Wow had she got a night planned for him! And Wow had he got something a little longer planned for her!
I love Maggie James’s books specially as you just don’t find two alike with this one being my favourite of them all so far. Apart from the opening, the first half of the book consists of just two characters, Beth and Dominic, with the chapters alternating between them. Believe me this is a mouth open read, the sort where you could hear the proverbial pin drop. To say Dominic had a bad start in life just doesn’t quite fit the bill so I quickly got the feel of why he was a little bit unbalanced. Ok a raving nut case.
What a super gripping read this book is that takes imprisonment that one step further to the Stockholm Syndrome, where the imprisoned become obsessed with their prisoner. It is fascinating and so very well written. Talk about tensions running high it has just about every emotion covered from both sides of the coin at times twisted in the most bizarre ways. This is very much a ‘talking book’ the sort where when you are reading you are trying to give advise to the characters. Like ‘no, no, no, don’t do it’ and eventually ‘what are you doing, please be quick’. It certainly has a few look behind you moments too.
The second half of the book opens up to involve more people that are affected in a tragedy like this, with the story being told through Beth and her mum and highlights how each person in the family dealt with their own feeling of lose when Beth was missing. When you think wow this is a great story Maggie James carries on and makes it into awesome! A really superb book again that just makes me want more and more.
Thank you to Bloodhound books for this ARC which I have chosen to review
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Maggie James is a British author who lives in Bristol. She writes psychological suspense novels.
Before turning her hand to writing, Maggie worked mainly as an accountant, with a diversion into practising as a nutritional therapist. Diet and health remain high on her list of interests, along with travel. Accountancy does not, but then it never did. The urge to pack a bag and go off travelling is always lurking in the background! When not writing, going to the gym, practising yoga or travelling, Maggie can be found seeking new four-legged friends to pet; animals are a lifelong love!
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