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Captured (original 2010; edition 2010)

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Title:Captured
Authors:Neil Cross
Info:Simon & Schuster (2010), Paperback, 256 pages
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This is a fairly brutal psychological thriller and if you like that kind of thing you will like this book. I am not overly enthusiastic. The three stars are for the technical competence of the writing.

I received an advance review copy of "Captured" by Neil Cross (Open Road Integrated Media) through NetGalley.com. ( )
  Dokfintong | Jan 28, 2015 |
A quick and easy murder mystery. The basic plot is interesting and there are a couple of surprises, but the ending and the characters leave the reader feeling empty. Although that may be the point. I kept picturing Javier Bardem as one of the characters. The author nails the suspenseful scenes. For readers of dark murder mysteries.

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  LibStaff2 | Dec 31, 2014 |
It was a slow starter but it slowly gained momentum. I can't remember a story more different than this one. Not only was it a good mystery but a study of what could go wrong in some people. I don't want to give anything away because it would ruin it. I must say that this is well worth the read. Don't put it down because you will get hooked. ( )
  MSgtMackel | Dec 29, 2014 |
What would you do if you knew you were dying?

Captured is the story of Kenny Drummond, a lonely artist who is facing an ugly end from a terminal illness. With only weeks to live, Kenny has created a list of people that he needs forgiveness from, or wishes to thank them for all that they did. Even though Kenny is divorced, he is still on close terms with his ex-wife and her new family, Kenny’s desire to develop a wonderful legacy for them comes before all the rest, until by chance, he is unable to find an old friend, Callie, from college days. No one knows where she is, and the story her husband, Jonathon, is giving is far from believable. Struggling with pain and seizures, Kenny knows he cannot rest until Callie is found or accounted for. ( )
  CarolTilson | Dec 24, 2014 |
CAPTURED begins with an arresting hook:

Kenny wrote the list because he was dying.
Earlier that morning, an MRI scan had revealed a malignant brain cancer had germinated in the moist secrecy of his skull like a mushroom in compost.
He had six weeks, maybe less.

Kenny has just 4 people on his list. One is his ex-wife and one is the girl he sat next to at the end of primary school.

The other two are easy to deal with. One is dead and so there is nothing he can do there. He locates the other and finds that he has grown up to have a fulfilling life. He remembers Kenny and thanks him for actions he took over twenty years before.

But the third, apart from his wife, Callie has disappeared, missing for ten years, and Kenny finds it easy to suspect her husband of murder.

A book I reviewed recently THE LAST POLICEMAN by Ben H. Winters uses a different scenario to pose the question of what you, dear reader, would do if you knew your remaining time on earth was very limited.

For many people settling old scores would be high on the list, but I was surprised at the level of violence it unleashed in Kenny.

Neil Cross is a skilled story teller and knows how to follow ideas through to their most logical conclusion, at the same time as ratcheting the tension ever upwards. ( )
  smik | Aug 25, 2013 |
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Captured gives off an impression of power held in reserve, and it serves an authentic, unsparing vision of goodwill undone by misfortune.
 
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Even though he is still young, Kenny has just weeks to live. Before he dies, he wants to find his childhood best friend Callie Barton and thank her for the kindness she showed him when they were in school together. But when Kenny begins his search, he discovers that Callie Barton has gone missing and her husband seems to be hiding something.… (more)

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