Firstly I wish to thank Peter Müller of Grenzland Press for inviting me to read this book.
“A gut-punch of a thriller, wickedly paced and beautifully rendered.”
– Peter Swanson, author of Her Every Fear and The Kind Worth Killing
From the author of Tomorrow City and Land of Hidden Fires comes a thriller about a strained expat couple that gets taken hostage while vacationing in Malaysia.
After trailing spouse Marah Lenaerts suffers her third miscarriage in as many years, her husband Eden surprises her with a vacation to Malaysia, hoping it will lift her spirits. And it does, as they enjoy trading the bustle of their Shanghai life behind for the idyllic tropical paradise. But while on a diving excursion, they’re taken hostage by a group of terrorists, who take them to a remote island and hold them there for ransom. The longer that time drags on, though, the more doubts Marah begins to have about their captors’ true motivations.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Last year I read and reviewed Land of Hidden Fires, by this author and absolutely loved it, so when I was invited to read this, by the publisher via NetGalley, I didn’t hesitate. This is a beaut read. Realistic, dramatic and very scary.
Marah and Eden work in Shanghai after moving there when Eden got offered a promotion in the bank where he worked. But it brought with it some emotional problems when Marah miscarried three times in as many years. Now she suffers with depression with no family near at hand to support her, so Eden takes her on a surprise holiday to Malaysia. When the couple are diving off the coast they surface to find terrorists waiting for them and are taken hostage to an Island and held for ransom.
Whoa, these fellows really mean business as the couple face horrific physical and mental abuse. Living tied up outside in the jungle exposed to the elements, they are starved and humiliated daily and forced to give the terrorist details of how to contact their families back home. The couple have gone from living accustomed to quite a comfortable life style to survival mode.
This is a gripping story with such vivid descriptions that heighten every sense you have. The worst of the horrors are yet to come as the tension rises further in the last few chapters. Brilliant story line that kept me spell bound. Highly recommended!
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kirk Kjeldsen received an MFA from the University of Southern California and is currently an assistant professor in the cinema program at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts. He has also taught at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (dffb) and the Polish National Film School in Łódź. His novel “Land of Hidden Fires” was named one of the ten best books of 2017 by the New Jersey Star-Ledger. He also wrote and produced the feature film “Gavagai,” directed by Rob Tregenza, which Richard Brody of The New Yorker called “an extraordinary and memorable film.” He lives in Germany with his wife and two children.