Stolen: A Letter to My Captor

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.



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.


1 Comment

Filed under 5 star books

One response to “Stolen

  1. Ibitoye Opemikun

    WordPress needs to add an ‘unlike’ button for me, specifically so I can unlike this book.

    I have no words to express my dislike for the character of Ty. Starting from his apparent apathy to the subject of personal hygiene. I completely disagree with you. This guy is the opposite of attractive! So he is ribbed! Big deal, today that only means a guy goes to the gym or works out regularly. Did the book ever describe anything about him more than his packs and blue eyes are attractive. What about his hair, his smile (did he even smile)?

    But the book constantly reminds us that he is sweating, dirty, was covered in paint, dust, smelling a particular ‘earthy’ way. He cusses, he smokes like a chimney, he’s a lousy cook. He doesn’t shave, his hair grows out into locks, seriously where did you get the picture that he’s good looking. He might’ve as well been walking around with a stick and a limp for all I care.

    So the Letter from Gemma’s Point of view thing is kinda creative. I’ll give Lucy props for that, but why did she have to write about something so dark! And I’m not even upset at the book because it is dark, I am upset because it makes it seem in any way understandable. It isn’t. It is just sick! Plain sick!

    Another thing that I found distracting was the inconsistency in Gemma’s personality. Sometimes the language and writing seemed too ‘adult’ for a 16 year old girl. Sometimes she sounded like she was deeply disoriented and hurt (like she should have been), other times she sounded like she was a fighter. Which one was she really? Kinda the same way there was a major personality shift between Katniss Everdeen in ‘The Hunger Games’ and ‘Mockingjay’.

    I guess what really annoyed me the most about it was there at the end of the book, there was no definite position on her reaction to it all. Did she like him, did she not like him? Did she understand and forgive him, did she not? Was she angry with him and going to be forever or would she try and break him out and run back with him to the Seperates?

    I guess I just don’t get this book then,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s