The Captives

The Captives

A Novel

eBook - 2018
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"The riveting story of a woman convicted of a brutal crime, the prison psychologist who recognizes her as his high-school crush--and the charged reunion that sets off an astonishing chain of events with dangerous consequences for both -- As an inmate psychologist at a state prison, Frank Lundquist has had his fair share of surprises. But nothing could possibly prepare him for the day in which his high school object of desire, Miranda Greene, walks into his office for an appointment. Still reeling from the scandal that cost him his Manhattan private practice and landed him in his unglamorous job at Milford Basin Correctional Facility in the first place, Frank knows he has an ethical duty to reassign Miranda's case. But Miranda is just as beguiling as ever, and he's insatiably curious: how did a beautiful high school sprinter and the promising daughter of a congressman end up incarcerated for a shocking crime? Even more compelling: though Frank remembers every word Miranda ever spoke to him, she gives no indication of having any idea who he is. Inside the prison walls, Miranda is desperate and despairing, haunted by memories of a childhood tragedy, grappling with a family legacy of dodgy moral and political choices, and still trying to unwind the disastrous love that led to her downfall. And yet she is also grittily determined to retain some control over her fate. Frank quickly becomes a potent hope for her absolution--and maybe even her escape. Propulsive and psychologically astute, The Captives is an intimate and gripping meditation on freedom and risk, male and female power, and the urges toward both corruption and redemption that dwell in us all"--
Publisher: New York : Ecco, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062747563
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Oct 19, 2018

This is one of those books where the reader could have the impression that nothing is happening, although by the time the end is reached one realises that there was quite a lot going on for both characters, each carrying a heavy load at the time their paths cross again. There are passages where it is easy to be confused as to who is talking, or whether it is past or present, but somehow this didn't bother me and the need to understand what was going was compelling enough to keep me going. The tension builds up in a constant but slow pace, and the story is told with hardly any changes in the narrative voice, but perhaps this is the most interesting aspect of this novel. It is precisely because of this apparent lack of passion that you don't see the twist coming. It caught me totally by surprise. So many novels come with the promise of twists you won't expect but most of the time they are so predictable! I thoroughly enjoyed finding something I did not see coming at all for once.

May 28, 2018

A revealing portrait of a prison psychologist and the decisions made when he finds his high school crush sitting in front of him as a potential client. As Frank reminds us, we must put ourselves in his and Miranda's shoes rather than immediately pronounce judgment. I found myself holding my breath as the plot escalated both in the present and the past. Did not give this book the highest rating for two reasons -- the misleading cover and the sometimes choppy delivery of the back stories.


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