My Copy: ePub eBook, 222 pages
Publication Date: May 1, 2012
Publisher: Rhemalda Publishing
Source: Received from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review for this blog tour
When Naomi Jensen is kidnapped, it takes her parents two days to realize she’s missing. Escape isn’t high on her list of priorities when all she has to return to is an abusive boyfriend and parents who never paid much attention to her. For the first time in her life she’s part of a family — even if it is a family of criminals. But she’s still a captive. In a desperate attempt to regain some control in her life, Naomi embarks on a dangerous plan to make one of her kidnappers think she’s falling in love with him. The plan works too well, and when faced with the chance to escape, Naomi isn’t sure she wants to take it.
This book definitely caught me by surprise. I was definitely disturbed and turned off by parts of the story, but I couldn’t help but love it overall. The story revolves around Naomi — switching to the perspectives of her parents every so often — who is kidnapped at the beginning of the story. But, it’s not your normal kidnapping. These captors did not intend on taking Naomi at all. It was only by a freak accident that she happened to be there and they thought she might have seen something. The captors end up treating her very well — other than the fact that she cannot go out into the real world or see her family. And she ultimately falls for one of the men who has held her captive for so long.
I found the story captivating, intense at times, emotional, and disturbing. Naomi is a very passive character, who kind of just goes along with what the captors want her to do. She barely fights it and barely tries to escape. I found her character to be very frustrating most of the time. Where I would have run/fought for my life — for freedom — Naomi didn’t. However, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for her.
It was an interesting concept for a novel and I found it difficult to grasp at how a person could grow so close to these people who have taken her away from her life. She begins to view them as family and has an intimate relationship with one. I didn’t like the relationship between her and Jesse for the majority of the novel. I found it weird and disgusting. But, now, having finished the story, I get it. Even I (an outsider) am on board with the two being in love now. It’s weird and it’s creepy, but if you read the book, I think you’ll be able to see how I was able to get there.
I was confused for the first bit of the novel. I didn’t understand the whole kidnapping situation. How long they were planning on keeping her. What their plan was. Why they were treating her the way they were. But, now I think that was the whole point all along. Because Naomi doesn’t really understand either. But, it really bugged me. It bothered me more that it bothered Naomi, I think. But, it did keep me turning those pages! And I’m glad it did, as my overall impression of the novel is a positive one. I would recommend this book to any fans of realistic fiction. I thought it was a gooder…I liked it more than I even expected I would.
A Peek Inside:
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About the second book (Pieces):
Two years after watching her kidnappers go to prison. Naomi Jensen is still in love with one of them. Jesse will be released in a few years, and Naomi knows college is the perfect distraction while she waits. But when her new friend Finn makes her question what is right and what is wrong, she begins to wonder if Jesse is the one for her … until she discovers he’s out on parole. Naomi must sort through her confusion to figure out where love and freedom truly lie — in Finn, who has no connections to her past, or Jesse, who has just asked her to run away with him.