Author: Lucy Christopher
Publisher: Chicken House
Reviewed by: Sabrina
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.
I had conflicting feelings for this book. At first I was really interested on what will happen to Gemma, but about halfway through the book it got boring and I skimmed a few pages. Too much of the word "you" also.
Gemma really made some bad choices in her life. After being kidnapped, I think she became a little bit better.
I found myself sympathizing with Tyler. He had terrible parents and had a horrible upbringing. He acted like a fairly nice guy. He always looked after and cared for Gemma. He never forced himself on her. In the end, after what he did instead of running back to the desert, he redeemed himself a bit in my eyes. Tyler though is crazy and delusional and a bit of a psycho. I mean, he's been stalking her for a long time and kidnapped her! You've got to admit that is creepy, weird and disturbing.
I didn't like the ending, but it was the only way it could end I guess. I wished Tyler had just asked her out when she was older, like in her twenties maybe, instead of kidnapping her. They would have had a better ending.