The Captive by Deborah O Connor. Book Review.
The Captive was a bookclub read again and this time my choice of book got voted for as the book of the month to read.
I always hope the book will be good but as it was my choice that everyone read, I particularly hoped it would be good.
Hannah knows the cage intimately. Small, the size of a shopping mall parking space. A bed, a basin, a table and chair. A hatch and metal drawer through which to exchange food and other items.
Then there’s him. Always there on the edges of her vision, no matter how hard she tries to block him out.
Every day, the same thoughts run through Hannah’s mind:
What if he speaks to me?
What if he hurts me?
What if he gets out?
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This book intrigued me right from the start of reading the blurb. A prisoner being kept captive in your kitchen.
I didn’t know why he was being kept in a cage and why Hannah would be scared of him. If she was scared why was he there. Well the futuristic rules of criminals and prisoners is not something I like the sound of.
This was a really interesting and unique book. It was really well written and although the prisoner captivity idea is futuristic, the book explains why this came about and mentions the pros and cons which were interesting and thought provoking.
The chapters alternated between main characters Hannah and Jem’s points of view. There are also chapters which go back in time to Jem’s past. I could ‘feel ‘ both characters and although I wouldn’t have acted the same ways that Hannah did, I can understand her. The author did a great job of bringing these two to life in my head.
There were plenty of twists, thrills unexpected parts and characters to suspect. Everything I could want from a thriller. Highly recommended as a very unique thriller with parts domestic noir, legal guilty or not guilty, and tension that leads the reader to turn the pages faster and faster to see what will happen next. I loved it.
First published 12 January 2021