The Captives by Debra Jo Immergut

For ages, since about February, I’ve been in a really fed up reading slump. It hasn’t mattered what I’ve tried to pick up, I just have not managed to get through a book. But FINALLY I finished a book, and in three days at that! You can see what I’ve been up to while reading this, in my Bed Rest Diaries post. I can not wait to tell you all I think of this book, and I’m hoping to continue you on this blog tour with a positive recommendation!So I would just like to thank Philippa at Titan, and Debra, for sending me a copy of this book to review, I always really appreciate being sent books for review.

Following Miranda Greene, an inmate in prison convicted of murder, and Frank Lundquist a prison psychologist. This novel looks at how they ended up in the situations they have ended up in at the start of the book, and the progression of their relationship. Yes, there you go, there’s a terrible description of this book. For some reason, I just cant explain this story without telling you it all.

Not going to lie, when I first started reading this, I found the first few chapters rather confusing. This was a problem, that kind of continued through out the novel, but it became a lesser problem. Throughout the novel, you are getting flash back memories from Miranda Greene about how she ended up in prison. I liked this style of looking back, however I did find it quite hard to follow, and was getting quite confused about what order things happened, and even now Im not sure I could make a time line of her life. Ultimately this is the main reason for the lose of stars in the rating.

This book had me intrigued to learn more about Miranda’s childhood, I don’t know why but there was something about her character that I just felt I could connect with and made me want to know more about what shaped her to be how she was. Although I do love mental health elements to stories, and normally get rather fascinated by the job of psychologists, I found Frank to be somewhat unlikable. I think this may just be a personal thing, but something about his character rather creeped me out. Although saying this, I feel that it highly added to the story, and added a further element to its development as by the end, I gained a lot more respect for him.

The ending to this book, I have to admit that Im not too sure about, I’ve been thinking it over, and I think part of me really wanted something more. But then, I feel that maybe more could then of been too much, and seemed fake. This book, was pretty well rounded, and showed huge levels of character development from both main characters.

I’ve given this novel 4 stars, only losing stars because of the confusion in following some of the flash backs. Ultimately this book is an amazing prison based thriller, that although it had a rather simple story, it was jam packed with character growth and looking at how the characters got to this situation. I highly recommend this book to all thriller fans!


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