The premise of Captive Love by Joni Martins is terrifying. Martins begins the book with the frightening experience of the main character, Lydia, waking up in a strange place with no memory of how she got there. Finding herself bound hand and foot, she struggles to put together the pieces of her recent past. Her first instinct is to attempt to undo the ropes that hold her captive.
In Chapter Two, Martins introduces the kidnapper; the man who has taken her and is now holding her captive. Sam has known Lydia since childhood and has fantasized about her for years. Now he has her in his house and he is convinced they were meant to be together.
What follows is the tale of her captive days, the panic of her friends as they try to find her, and her attempts at escaping the clutches of the man she recognizes. Martins brilliantly gives each character their own chapter, telling the story in the first person. Reading the story from the different perspectives of the characters allows insight into the kidnapper’s mind.
While some of the book is hard to believe and the dialogue is often awkward, the story is interesting and compelling. In many ways, I felt sorry for Sam. Obviously, he is delusional and believes he and Lydia are destined to be together. Lydia wisely doesn’t contradict him. Since it’s a short book I read it in one sitting and was eager to see how and if Lydia would escape.
Along with the story of the kidnapping, there are indications of a growing romance between Lydia and her roommate and best friend’s brother, Rob. As the panic of her friends grows Rob begins to examine his feelings for Lydia more closely.
There is a bit of sexual interaction but nothing too graphic. This is an easy read and the conclusion is satisfying. I recommend this book to anyone wanting a quick book.
“When an obsessive admirer takes love to a whole new level, life takes a bizarre turn for 24-year old Lydia. She finds it difficult to adjust to and escape her new circumstances.
Her housemate Rob becomes more and more concerned about her when she does not return home from a night out with her friends and tries everything in his power to find out where she is.
Can Lydia escape the clutches of her obsessed admirer or will she be forced to adjust to living her life according to Sam’s beliefs and wishes?
Books the Friends, family and love series:
- Captive Love
- Freed Love 18+ / Freed Love censored
- Hidden Love
- Lost Love
- Holiday Love (due out August 2018)
This is the debut novel of this writer and weaves together love, suspense and psychological factors. If you like books by Karen Rose, Karin Slaughter and Kathy Reichs (some of the author’s favourite authors), you may wish to check this writer out as well.”