Held

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What happens when the source of your worst fears becomes the object of your affection?

Seventeen-year-old Chloe's summer vacation in Greece comes to an abrupt end when she is suddenly bound, gagged and whisked away to an unidentified location. Waking up from a drug-induced sleep, she finds herself in a squalid warehouse. Chloe can only imagine the worst.

After several days of total isolation and utter despair, Chloe faces a new threat when her ...

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Overview

What happens when the source of your worst fears becomes the object of your affection?

Seventeen-year-old Chloe's summer vacation in Greece comes to an abrupt end when she is suddenly bound, gagged and whisked away to an unidentified location. Waking up from a drug-induced sleep, she finds herself in a squalid warehouse. Chloe can only imagine the worst.

After several days of total isolation and utter despair, Chloe faces a new threat when her kidnapper appears, but she also feels a sense of relief. His revelation that she is being held as ransom for a prisoner exchange, however, does little to allay her fears.

The weeks pass and, haunted by terrifying dreams and with only her thoughts to keep her company, Chloe fights to remain calm in an impossible situation. At least her kidnapper, although cold and distant, visits frequently, often bringing gifts. Before long, Chloe begins to have feelings for him that take her by surprise. Though still fearing for her safety, she now fantasizes about a life together. And is it her imagination, or does her captor share those feelings? Even when she is finally released, Chloe vows to protect her captor at any cost.

This powerful psychological thriller, written by renowned novelist Edeet Ravel, leaves readers wondering at every suspenseful turn: Is Chloe experiencing Stockholm syndrome?

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Editorial Reviews

thestar.com
...(A) clever, engaging page-turner.
— Deirdre Baker
edwardsmagazinebookclub.com
Held is both riveting and surreal... Well worth the read.
— Kris McNaughton
Resource Links
Well-written... Interesting for students...looking for a thoughtful read that is a bit out of the ordinary.
— Sarah Nelson
CM
Dramatic and full of suspense... Held is an excellent and timely young adult novel.... Highly Recommended.
— Ann Ketcheson
ForeWord Reviews
Award-winning...novelist Edeet Ravel dishes up an intriguing psychological thriller in this young adult novel.
— Elizabeth Brea
January Magazine
There is a sense of desperation and emergency that fills every corner of Held, bestselling novelist Edeet Ravel's novel of suspense and exploration of the Stockholm Syndrome.
Quill and Quire
Edeet Ravel once again proves herself an adept manipulator of difficult material....This is rich, thought-provoking stuff.
edwardsMagazinebookclub.com - Kris McNaughton
Held is both riveting and surreal... Well worth the read.
Resource Links - Sarah Nelson
This well-written book will be interesting for students who are looking for a thoughtful read that is a bit out of the ordinary.
thestar.com - Deirdre Baker
Ravel casts doubt on all her characters in this clever, engaging page-turner.
CM - Ann Ketcheson
Ravel's characters are honest and life-like depictions. She allows readers to get inside Chloe's head and feel what she's feeling. The power play between Chloe and her captor and the resulting suspense keep readers engrossed throughout the novel... Held is dramatic and full of suspense without falling into the genre of horror or becoming too theatrical and emotive. Readers learn on the first page that Chloe has survived her experience and must re-integrate herself into her old life. This is part of the suspense as well because one cannot help but wonder what kind of person Chloe has become after such a harrowing experience. Ravel also never reveals the true relationship between Chloe and her captor.... Held is an excellent and timely young adult novel. The news seems to regularly mention hostage takings, and Edeet Ravel has given readers just a glimpse of what that situation might be like. Highly Recommended.
ForeWord Reviews - Elizabeth Brea
Award-winning Canadian-Israeli novelist Edeet Ravel dishes up an intriguing psychological thriller in this young adult novel about an American teen who is kidnapped during a summer stay in Greece.
Kirkus Reviews
Held hostage by a terrorist group somewhere in Europe, Chloe finds herself increasingly attracted to her captor as her mother and friends back home do everything they can to free her. Chloe was working in Greece over the summer and is known for how carefully she manages her life. When she is kidnapped on the side of a road, she is really out of control and frightened. Blindfolded and drugged, Chloe gradually realizes that she is being held as a trade for the release of prisoners whom her captor believes to have been unjustly prosecuted. Her main relationship is with one man who is gentle and kind and eventually becomes her lover. Chapters written by Chloe after the fact detail events and alternate with notes, letters, e-mail messages, news reports, Facebook posts and webpages. It is in these interpolations that readers see how Chloe's advocates manipulate facts themselves in order to effect her rescue. At the end, psychologists put her words in the context of how others have responded, challenging her veracity. This eminently discussable novel continually asks readers to consider whether ends justify means and how power and control affect relationships. They take the journey with Chloe through paralyzing fear toward what seems like love. Is it? Less thriller than psychological puzzler, this novel effectively keep readers guessing. (Suspense. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554512829
  • Publisher: Annick Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/6/2011
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 726,479
  • Age range: 12 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Edeet Ravel's best-selling novels for adults include Ten Thousand Lovers and Your Sad Eyes and Unforgettable Mouth. Her novels for younger readers include the critically acclaimed Pauline series and The Saver. She lives in Guelph, Ontario. Visit her website at www.edeet.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2014

    I loved this book! I have reread this book more times than I can

    I loved this book! I have reread this book more times than I can count! The first few chapters are a little hard to get into but once I did I couldn't put the book down! I would definitely recommend it! 

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  • Posted November 8, 2013

    I'm not sure about this book. It took a while for me to get into

    I'm not sure about this book. It took a while for me to get into it, then I really enjoyed most of the middle, but then I was disappointed by the end. I wish the book were longer, so the reader could have learned more about The Hostage-Taker, I found him very intriguing. I also would have like to know what happened to Chloe after the presented ending. There were too many details left open-ended for me to really like the book. I need things wrapped up nicely with a happy ending! I don't think there should be wondering as to what happened, not in this type of book.

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  • Posted June 27, 2013

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    A friend recommended me this. What to say about this book. The writing, the pacing even the pictures now and then add to the atmosphere and tone of the book. Makes you wonder near the end, if there will be a sequel or if its better left without one. A short but quick and interesting read.

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  • Posted August 14, 2011

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    Stockholm Syndrome

    Thanks to Brigitte Waisberg at Annick Press for providing this copy for review. Chloe, in Greece with her best friend Angie, is kidnapped and held for three months. During that time, she appears to suffer from Stockholm Syndrome, falling in love with her captor, who she refers to as her "hostage-taker." The book begins and ends with Chloe writing her version of events for U.S. government officials, sanitized to protect her captor; the majority of the book details the daily events of the imprisonment and the efforts of her mother and friend to facilitate her release. The psychological aspects of the imprisonment on Chloe will interest teens; references to Patty Hearst might inspire research into that case.

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    Posted May 23, 2011

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