I am delighted to be one of today’s stops on the blog tour for The Second Captive by Maggie James.
There are still a few remaining stops on the tour, here’s where it’s heading next.
Stockholm syndrome: the psychological tendency of a hostage to bond with his or her captor.
Beth Sutton is eighteen years old when Dominic Perdue abducts her. Held prisoner in a basement, she’s dependent upon him for food, clothes, her very existence. As the months pass, her hatred towards him changes to compassion. Beth never allows herself to forget, however, that her captor has killed another woman. She has evidence to prove it, not to mention Dominic’s own admission of murder.
Then Beth escapes…
And discovers Dominic Perdue is not a man who lets go easily. Meanwhile, despite being reunited with her family, she spirals into self-destructive behaviour. Release from her prison isn’t enough, it seems. Can Beth also break free from the clutches of Stockholm syndrome?
A study of emotional dependency, The Second Captive examines how love can assume strange guises.
I was totally drawn in by this book. The entire concept of Stockholm Syndrome had me intrigued from the beginning.
Beth Sutton is having problems at home and when an older man shows an interest in her she is smitten. Dominic Purdue is attractive with intriguing eyes of different colours. They begin dating and Beth has plans for the two of them but, unbeknown to her, so has Dominic and the aren’t the kind of plans she had hoped for.
Dominic’s childhood wasn’t the best of starts and he witnessed things nobody should ever see. This left him a little unbalanced with a screwed up idea of how relationships should be.
The Second Captive follows what seems to be a popular format for psychological thrillers at the minute as we switch between multiple POV’s. The first part of the story follows Beth Sutton and Dominic Purdue while the second part focuses on Beth and her mother, Ursula.
The multiple viewpoints really work well in this story and regardless of right and wrong I did find myself feeling a little sympathy towards Dominic and his behaviour as well as wanting to shout at Beth to stop being so silly.
I loved how the relationships between the main characters developed and how bonds were forged and broken as the story progressed.
As a Mum to a daughter of a similar age I did find myself wondering if I would deal with things the same way as Ursula should I ever find myself in that situation.
There was a twist in the story which I have to admit I saw coming very early on but it didn’t affect my overall enjoyment of the book and I am glad there was closure of some kind for everyone.
The story was exceptionally well written and researched and I felt I could almost understood how Beth must have been feeling both while captive and after she had escaped.
This is the first of Maggie’s books I’ve read but I will definitely be checking out her others.
Many thanks to Maggie, Sarah and Bloodhound books for my advanced reader copy and inviting me on the tour!
About the Author
Maggie James is a British author who lives in Bristol. She writes psychological suspense novels.
Before turning her hand to writing, Maggie worked mainly as an accountant, with a diversion into practising as a nutritional therapist. Diet and health remain high on her list of interests, along with travel. Accountancy does not, but then it never did. The urge to pack a bag and go off travelling is always lurking in the background!
When not writing, going to the gym, practising yoga or travelling, Maggie can be found seeking new four-legged friends to pet; animals are a lifelong love!
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