The Second Captive by Maggie James
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Read 29/01/2017 – 31/01/2017 Rating 5 stars
This book has been re-edited and I agreed to read and review it again.
The main theme of the story is Stockholm Syndrome but there are many of other psychological issues that are also examined in this book. It is a psychological thriller but will also appeal to readers of contemporary fiction.
The book begins with Beth escaping (present) and then goes back to the events that lead to her captivity before returning to the present. The characters of Beth and Dominic are very realistic and Maggie makes an excellent job of building them gradually through the book and makes the reader realise the implications of events on the mind of a child. This book works particularly well because Beth doesn’t have a very good relationship with her Father and Brother which has a bearing on her captivity. The book also examines the way the dynamics of a family changes when a member is removed.
Ursula is Beth’s Mother and her character is developed around a Mother’s love for her children. As with the other characters Ursula is very realistic and acts in the way I would expect a Mother who wants to protect her child to act.
There are many twists and turns to this story and I especially like the realistic way that Maggie tells of Beth falling into a bad place after her return home. We would all like to believe that when a person is found the family lives happily ever after making up for the lost time. In the real world I think that is unlikely to happen and the fact that the story reinforces that makes it very realistic.
This is another heart rending and thought provoking book from Maggie that will have the reader turning page after page. I am looking forward to more books from this very talented author.
I was provided with a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.
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I received this book free for registering on Maggie’s website. At first it appears to be another abducted and locked away book but it does have several twists and turns I especially liked Ursula I think Maggie created a very likeable and believable Mother character here. I do like Maggie’s books as they have a different twist to them. Obviously very well researched and all the characters contribute to the story. Looking forwards to reading more from this author.