This is my first blog tour in quite a few months so I’m feeling pretty rusty, today we have The Captive by Deborah O’Connor. A massive thank you to Tracy from Compulsive Readers for inviting me onto this tour and also to Zaffre for providing me with a physical arc. As always, even though I have been provided with the book I will always be honest with my opinion.
Hannah knows the cage intimately. Small, the size of a shopping mall parking space. A bed, a basin, a table and chair. A hatch and metal drawer through which to exchange food and other items.
Then there’s him. Always there on the edges of her vision, no matter how hard she tries to block him out.
Every day, the same thoughts run through Hannah’s mind:
What if he speaks to me?
What if he hurts me?
What if he gets out?
From the very first page I knew that this book was going to be completely different from what I expected. We are faced with a new prison system where the convicted prisoners serve their sentence locked up in a cage in their victims homes. This is pitched by the government as a great way to improve restorative justice, however we see instances of the negative impacts this has on the victims.
Hannah’s husband was a Met Detective who was murdered and Jem has been found guilty, he has been sentenced to stay in the cell in Hannah’s house for 20 years. I was captivated by this book and finished it within two days. The chapters are short and we are given small breadcrumbs throughout which I couldn’t get enough of. The Captive is a completely original thriller and I was honestly blindsided by the ending, I didn’t see it coming.
As with all thrillers I can never go in depth with my feelings as I went into this book completely blind and it blew my mind. I want those who read this book to be able to have the same experience and enjoy it as much as I did.
Who is Deborah O’Connor?
Deborah O’Connor is a writer and TV producer responsible for well-loved programmes such as ‘Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds’ and ‘A League of Their Own’. She lives in North Yorkshire with her husband and daughter. Deborah’s first novel was the bestseller My Husband’s Son, followed by The Dangerous Kind. The Captive is her third novel.
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