Now, I could go on and on about my undying love for this novel, but I think I’m going to go a little deeper into this post than usual.
First, a quick synopsis: Gemma is kidnapped from the airport by Ty, a guy who paid for her coffee at the airport. She is then drugged, smuggled, and stolen away to Australia. And we’re not talking the beautiful opera house or a suburban home. We’re talking the middle of the desert that no one lives in. The only occupants are the snakes and strange bushes. Gemma tries to escape from Ty, who simply wants her to stay with him . . . Literary, that’s it. All he wants is some company.
The novel is written as a letter from Gemma to Ty, basically telling him her point of view of the whole scenario. What it was like to be drugged and taken away from everything she knew, what she was feeling as she tried to escape all those times, the times she had even contemplated suicide, thinking that it would be better than waiting for the day he would grow tired of her and kill her.
Gemma’s POV is realistic – she’s not about to feel sorry for her kidnapper, no matter his past. And I loved her for it. Because all I could think was that if I was Gemma, I would have killed Ty at the first opportunity. And pushed far enough, so would Gemma.
Now, if you’ve ever read another review on this lovely book, you might see that people aren’t always happy with how Gemma reacts to Ty. She’s outright cruel to him, and shows no remorse. She’ll do anything to get away from him.
And a lot of people think she’s too cruel. I disagree. Completely. The only reason I feel they’re saying that is because Ty is depicted as a very good looking male, but if he had been, say, a bald, beer belly of an old man, they would feel very differently.
I don’t care how good looking a guy is. If he slips a drug into your coffee, kidnaps you from an airport, and takes you to the last place you would ever want to be, you have very good reason to be pissed off.
Next: Let’s talk about Stockholm syndrome. Basically, it’s when you’ve been kidnapped and you start to rely and feel attracted to your kidnapper. This happens because it’s human nature to find a way to survive, and when your means of living depends on your kidnapper, at some point your instinct is to feel pity and sympathy for your kidnapper. This can go as far as falling in love with said kidnapper.
A debated question in this book is whether or not Gemma gets Stockholm syndrome near the end of the book. This is when she knows a lot more about Ty’s past and what his childhood was like. Now, I want to make it clear that this is in no way one of those R rated novels about the pretty girl who gets kidnapped by the hot guy with some strange fetishes.
IT IS NOTHING LIKE THAT.
Gemma, though, does seem to understand why Ty did what he did. She doesn’t exactly like it, but she kinda gets it. But personally, I don’t think she ever gets Stockholm syndrome. I never felt that she was in love with Ty. Sure, she might near the end be attracted to him and understand him better, but she would still take the first chance she got to get away. In fact, she tries, many times.