Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for The Second Captive by Maggie James!
About the book:
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?
The book is written in two parts, first set during Beth’s time in captivity, and then after she manages to escape. Each of these two parts are told from two different viewpoints – the first part is Beth’s and her captor, Dominic. The second half is again told from Beth’s viewpoint, but the other viewpoint is her Mother, Ursula.
At the beginning, Beth is a strong, independent 18 year old. She becomes interested in an older male, Dominic, and they go on a few dates. She soon realises what his true plan is. At first she is desperate to escape, but slowly she develops feelings for her captor.
When she escapes, she finds it difficult to readjust, having been held for two years. The family find their relationships with her changed, too.
I loved this book! I found the character of Beth believable, and felt her terror, her desperation and then slow decent into Stockholm Syndrome. I also liked her mother, Ursula, and her need to reconnect to her daughter, her need to understand what happened, and her need to protect.
It was a fast paced read, and I enjoyed the different viewpoints.
Overall, I gave it a full 5*
*My thanks to Sarah Hardy and the team at Bloodhound books for the free copy, in exchange for an honest review.*
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!
Goodreads Author Page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/828751.Maggie_James