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Saturday, October 31, 2015

The Second Captive by Maggie James


Summary on Goodreads.

"Beth Sutton is eighteen years old when Dominic Perdue abducts her. Held prisoner in a basement, she’s dependent upon him for food, clothes, her very existence. As the months pass, her hatred for him changes to compassion. Beth never allows herself to forget, however, that her captor..." [more +]

I didn't particularly like it BUT, this book did offer things that I had been looking in other books on the same subject.

The book is told from the POVs of the victim, the kidnapper, and the victim's mother.

First, from the POV of Beth, we learn about her and how she allowed this to happen to her.

Then we get the POV of Dominic, the kidnapper, explaining why he's kidnapping Beth.

Once Beth is locked up in the basement, the POVs go from Beth to Dominic to show how they both experience the situation. 

Alas! Beth escaped and showed up at her house. Then we have the POV of Ursula, Beth's mom, wondering what happened to her daughter and dealing with a different Beth. 

I didn't connect with ANY of the characters, at all. Not even Beth (and she was the victim). For instance, when Beth returns her keens are bleeding, she is dirty, wearing a man's clothes, and barefoot (almost). She tells the family that she was in London with a friend for the the past two years and that's that. Mom, you don't take her to the hospital despite the condition she came in?

Later, her mom suspects that Beth suffered some kind of abuse, yet she won't take Beth to the hospital or see someone because Beth doesn't want to. And, at one point, she follows Beth and finds out where Beth was being kept captive,  and what does mom do? Confront the kidnapper herself. I mean, aren't you scared of this psychopath? Nope, mom makes several trips to the cottage to confirm her suspicions. Does she tell the police? Nah! let's leave him lose so he can do the same to someone else.

Troy, Beth's brother and 14 years old at the same of Beth's disappearance, knew about this guy asking around for her sister, and saw her go with him the night Beth was last seen. Yet, he didn't say anything because... he was 14 and was scared. Uhum...


What I did like about the story was that I got to read what happened to Beth after she escaped and what happened to the kidnapper. Usually, these type of books leave you hanging after the victim is found and is up to you to imagine what would happen. So on this sense, this is a very throughout book.