08 March 2012

Review: Stolen by Lucy Christopher

Stolen by Lucy Christopher

Published: 4 May 2009 by Chicken House Ltd

Pages: 301 (paperback)

Genre/s: Young Adult, Contemporary

Source: own library

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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.

My thoughts

As most teenagers do, Gemma has a strained relationship with her parents. After an argument in Bangkok airport, Gemma meets Ty in a coffee-shop and her next coherent thought is when she wakes up in an isolated house in the Australian outback.

Written in the form of a letter from Gemma to Ty, the writing is raw and intense, and Gemma’s plight, her dreams of her family and friends are heart-wrenching. But the cleverness of this book is the sympathy that the reader starts to gradually feel towards Ty as the story progresses – and through this sympathy Ms. Christopher is also demonstrating the psychological phenomenon Stockholm Syndrome – feelings of empathy towards Ty, even to the point of defending his actions are classic symptoms.

And I admit, I did feel sorry for Ty – his story is revealed through the course of Stolen, and although he is obviously seriously disturbed, his childhood and adult life do give some insight into his thinking and state of mind.

The descriptions of the house where Gemma was kept and the harsh beauty of the surrounding landscape were written so well that I could completely imagine the setting in my mind, and for me evoked memories of when I have travelled through the Australian outback – the endless horizons, the stark beauty and the colours that have to be seen to be believed.

For me, Stolen was one of those books that followed me everywhere for the two days I was reading it, either physically or mentally and it’s taken me two more days to get my thoughts straight enough to put down in writing. Stolen is an emotional and slightly disturbing read, but also provides an interesting insight into the mind of a kidnapping victim. I highly recommend this one!


  1. I have this one on hold at the library :)
    Glad you rated it 5 stars!

    1. I think you'll really like this one Kimberly!

  2. omg, I adored this book so much!!! On Lucy's blog she says in an interview she might someday write a book TWO to Stolen and continue their story!!! I hope she does! (: Great review hun!

    1. I'd definitely love to read what could happen! I would go back and re-read this book again, and I'm sure I could find even more to love about it :)

  3. I LOVED this one so much! I also had total Stockholm Syndrome! Poor Ty!

  4. Awesome review! Here's mine if you don't mind: http://lorxiebookreviews.blogspot.com/2012/12/stolen-by-lucy-christopher.html

    Thanks and have a nice day! :)



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