Author: Lucy Christopher
Published: May 4, 2009 by Chicken House Ltd.
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
Source: Thrift Store
It happened like this. I was stolen from an airport. Taken from everything I knew, everything I was used to. Taken to sand and heat, dirt and danger. And he expected me to love him.
This is my story.
A letter from nowhere.
Sixteen year old Gemma is kidnapped from Bangkok airport and taken to the Australian Outback. This wild and desolate landscape becomes almost a character in the book, so vividly is it described. Ty, her captor, is no stereotype. He is young, fit and completely gorgeous. This new life in the wilderness has been years in the planning. He loves only her, wants only her. Under the hot glare of the Australian sun, cut off from the world outside, can the force of his love make Gemma love him back?
The story takes the form of a letter, written by Gemma to Ty, reflecting on those strange and disturbing months in the outback. Months when the lines between love and obsession, and love and dependency, blur until they don't exist - almost.
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Upon picking up this book for the first time, I admit, I had not the slightest clue as to what I was getting myself into. But as I was flipping through pages after pages, I slowly realized that I had been keeping a diamond in my bookshelf.
To be frank, this one is quite an unlikely romance tale: a sixteen-year-old falling for her captor, who happens to be eight years older than her and had been following her all her life. It's maddening, I should say. I wanted to put the book down halfway through it because the relationship was just so wrong. But this book is truly haunting . . . I kept going; I kept reading. And as I finally finished it, this book has become one of my all-time favorites. Because five books later, my brain is still hung up on the story of how Gemma Tombs was abducted by Tyler MacFarlaine, and took her in the seemingly not-in-the-map Australian outback.