Heldby Edeet Ravel
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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?
- Annick Press, Limited
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- NOOK Book
- File size:
- 3 MB
- Age Range:
- 13 - 17 Years
Meet the Author
Edeet Ravel's bestselling novels for adults include Ten Thousand Lovers and Your Sad Eyes and Unforgettable Mouth. She lives in Guelph, Ontario.
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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!
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.
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.
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.