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The Second Captive by Maggie James

Stockholm syndrome: the psychological tendency of a hostage to bond with his or her captor.

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 has killed another woman. She has evidence to prove it, not to mention Dominic’s own admission of murder.

Then Beth escapes…

And discovers Dominic Perdue is not a man who lets go easily. Meanwhile, despite being reunited with her family, she spirals into self-destructive behaviour. Release from her prison isn’t enough, it seems. Can Beth also break free from the clutches of Stockholm syndrome?

A study of emotional dependency, The Second Captive examines how love can assume strange guises.

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Maggie James

Author’s Bio

Maggie James is a British author who lives in Bristol. She writes psychological suspense novels.

Before turning her hand to writing, Maggie worked mainly as an accountant, with a diversion into practicing as a nutritional therapist. Diet and health remain high on her list of interests, along with travel. Accountancy does not, but then it never did. The urge to pack a bag and go off travelling is always lurking in the background! When not writing, going to the gym, practicing yoga or travelling, Maggie can be found seeking new four-legged friends to pet; animals are a lifelong love!

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My Review

5 stars

Beth Sutton is infatuated with an older man, Dominic Perdue. But after a couple dates he kidnaps her and locks her in his basement. He is going to break her and train her to be the perfect woman and if that doesn’t work he has no problem killing her since he has killed before. Beth tries to fight at first but comes around to understanding that she has to rely on Dominic for everything from food and clothing to bathroom breaks. And the longer she is with him she actually feels bad for him and starts loving him.

Then, two years later, Beth has the opportunity to escape. But it is heartbreaking to listen to her argue with herself about leaving or staying. She then returns home to her family but doesn’t want to talk about where she was and what happened to her. But Beth is having a hard time wrapping her head around freedom, she wants someone who will tell her what to do and finds herself getting into trouble.

Stockholm syndrome is described on Wikipedia as a psychological phenomenon in which hostages express empathy and sympathy and have positive feels toward their captors, sometimes to the point of defending and identifying with the captors. This is a heartbreaking story of Stockholm syndrome. Beth finds herself broken and dependent on Dominic. He has become her whole world and it is hard to read about her finally getting free from him physically yet still being locked in that mental prison he created.

Besides the heartbreaking discussions she has with herself I felt for her mother. She understands that Beth’s behaviors are from the two years that she has been gone but she keeps fighting for her daughter. It was almost more painful to read those parts than what Dominic did to her in the first place.

This is an amazing and touching story. Although I admit I am not a fan of the ending, I have a little too much revenge in my body for how the book ended. This is a great story and one that I recommend everyone read.

I received The Second Captive from Bloodhound Books for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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Third Chronicles of Illumination (The Library of Illumination – 8) by C.A. Pack

In book eight of the Library of Illumination where books literally come to life, a silent “Oops!” hangs in the air. Teenagers Johanna Charette and Jackson Roth have allowed a sneaky shapeshifter to slip right through their fingers. The good news is: he’s now trapped between the layers of time and space with their Terrorian nemesis, Nero 51. The bad news is: the Terrorian still wants to control all the Libraries of Illumination, while the shapeshifter wants to dominate everything else, and they’re doing everything possible to break free of their constraints.

Who knows how long the Illumini system will remain safe? It’s taking a toll on Johanna and Jackson, who are smack in the center of everything as they struggle to protect the libraries’ legacy. Can you spell s-t-r-e-s-s? The pressure is driving a stake between the teens, and their mercurial romance could be over before it has truly begun.

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C.A. Pack

Author’s Bio

A. Pack is the author of the YA supernatural series Library of Illumination/Chronicles of Illumination, as well as the historical fiction, Code Name: Evangeline, and the fantasy, Evangeline’s Ghost.  She is an award-winning former journalist and television news anchor, working in the New York metropolitan area. The author is a member of International ThrillerWriters, and Sisters in Crime, and has formerly served as president of the Press Club of Long Island. She lives in Westbury, NY, with her husband, a picky parrot, and dozens of imaginary characters who constantly demand page space.

 

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My Review

5 stars

Johanna Charette and Jackson Roth are the curators of a Library of Illumination. This is basically a normal library except the books can come to life. This world is filled with realms that have libraries of their own along with many fanciful characters. Johanna and Jackson are trying to keep Merlin’s book of spells safe from a shapeshifting wizard, Odyon. But he is not the only one causing trouble. A Terrorian from another realm called Nero 51 is trying to take over all of the libraries. It’s up to Johanna and Jackson to help keep the Library of Illumination safe but their personal relationship is starting to struggle as much as they are in this battle.

I had not hear of the Library of Illumination series before and I didn’t realize that this was the eighth book in the series. Thankfully there is a map and a note of who and what you are going to meet in this story so I was not completely lost.

I really liked this adventure. You could tell that Johanna and Jackson have some connection yet both are so stressed out about protecting the library that they find a wedge has been driving between them. I really hope that they can work out their differences because it is clear that they are a great couple.

There was lots of action and adventure and an amazing world full of magical books and people. I easily fell into this story and was left wanting to catch up on the first seven books.

I received Third Chronicles of Illumination from Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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