Held by Edeet Ravel
Release Date: January 6, 2011
Publisher: Annick Press
Genre: YA Kidnapped
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This book is perfect for fans of Stolen by Lucy Christopher. I loved that book and I'm always looking for similar reads so I was very happy when Giselle @ Xpresso Reads recommended this book to me. I knew I had to give it a try and it was exactly what I was looking for! Seventeen year old Chloe is vacationing in Greece when she is grabbed and taken to a warehouse. She believes the worse, murder, sex slavery, or torture and is surprised when her hostage-taker continues to tell her no harm will come to her. He takes her to a warehouse of decent size and she is given plenty of delicious food, and is even asked to make a list of things she would like to help make her stay comfortable. Chloe's hostage taker continues to visit her daily, bringing her food and she grows comfortable until another man breaks in dunking her and making her sick.
Her hostage-taker, this is what she calls him throughout the book we never learn his name, cares for her while she is sick. He gets her medicine, cleans her, rubs her hands, and takes really good care of her. Chloe begins to develop feelings for him. He is also young, smart, polite, and very good looking. He also explains in depth to Chloe that he is doing this for a prisoner exchange. He was once wrongfully in prison and the guy he is now trying to help saved his life. The hostage-taker knows what he is doing is wrong but felt he had no other choice. They have many discussions involving right and wrong and you begin to see how easy those lines can blur. Chloe begins to want to protect him because she understands him. He even tries to tell Chloe that what she is feeling isn't real and when she is released she will change her mind, but he can't help but feel something for her as well. He tells her not to hug him and not feel for him and that she should remember it is his fault she is there. But he continues to bring her fancy soaps, books, music, DVDs, a stuffed monkey, tennis equipment, flowers, wine, and other things to make her happy. With no one else for companionship you can understand Chloe's need and feelings for him.
Enter Stockholm Syndrome! You can't help but somehow want these two to be together even though you know it's wrong. It makes for such an addicting read because I couldn't wait to see how they would deal with their feelings for each other and what would happen when his demands were met and she was let go. I also loved the format of the book. It was written as a journal entry from Chloe explaining the events of her kidnapping. Between chapters there were newspaper articles, emails, facebook conversations and other things explaining what was happening on the outside during her kidnapping. Her mom was working very hard raising money for legal fees to get re-trials and prisoner releases that were demanded by the hostage-taker. I read the whole book in one day. I liked and disliked the ending. With a book like this you can't really expect a happy ending but things were left open, I guess so you can assume what you want.
You are here for the purpose of a prisoner exchange. No harm will come to you. There is food in the refrigerator. I'll visit in a day or two to see that you have what you need. We regret the inconvenience.
"Sometimes breaking the law is just the best of several bad options.
Sometimes a situation is so desperate that you can't go by the rules."
"Will you read to me?"
"If you like."
"Why are you kind to me?"
"The goal is for my friend to be released, not to make you suffer."
"What if they make one of thos epolice drawings of you?"
"No one will suspect me."
"Such a nice smell coming from outside. Can I step out, just for a few minutes?"
"When you're better," he said.
Rating: 5/5 Stars!