by Lucy Christopher
Gemma, 16, is on layover at Bangkok Airport, en route with her parents to a vacation in Vietnam. She steps away for just a second, to get a cup of coffee. Ty – rugged, tan, too old, oddly familiar – pays for Gemma’s drink. And drugs it. They talk. Their hands touch. And before Gemma knows what’s happening, Ty takes her. Steals her away. The unknowing object of a long obsession, Gemma has been kidnapped by her stalker and brought to the desolate Australian Outback.
Stolen is her gripping story of survival, of how she has to come to terms with her living nightmare – or die trying to fight it.
Where to begin? After reading the last page of this book, my feelings are all over the place. I loved the build up and the descriptive narration. I loved how the POV is from Gemma, but it is her writing the story to Ty. I loved that!
I might actually have Stockholm Syndrome for a fictional person. I can completely understand how it would be easy to fall into that behavior because Ty was actually a nice guy. He knows what he did is wrong, but his reasoning for the kidnapping falls into the “knight in shining armor” mentality in his head.
Even though Gemma fights him every step of the way, she does start to understand him and come to care for him. By the end of the story I was in tears. You can feel the heart break Ty experiences when the hardest decision he has to make comes sooner than later.
— “People should love what needs loving. That way you can save it.” — Ty, page 216.