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Sixteen-year-old Gemma, a British city-dweller, is abducted while on vacation with her parents and taken to the Australian outback, where she soon realizes that escape attempts are futile, and in time she learns that her captor is not as despicable as she first believed.
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It really, really bothers me that there are readers who find this kidnapping scenario romantic. ( )
  ardaiel | Mar 4, 2024 |
CW: Kidnapping of teen ( )
  Mrs_Tapsell_Bookzone | Feb 14, 2023 |
this is such a great book. a twisted love story is written in the best way to hook you. ( )
  sunshineme | Jul 13, 2022 |
A great story with a beautiful setting.

I loved the story but what I liked the most was reading about how Gemma and Ty experienced/reacted to their surroundings in the Sandy Desert. While Gem had a hard time getting used to a whole new environment while dealing with the circumstance of being in the middle of nowhere with a stranger, Ty was at home and trying to make Gem see the beauty of the land and how much it needs protection.
My favourite scene has to be the one where Ty paints the desert inside the outbuilding and on his own body, merging with his surroundings. It sounds magical and I wish Ty wasn't that troubled because he would make for a wonderful character in a 'normal' contemporary novel.


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  _Marcia_94_ | Sep 21, 2021 |
My whole purpose for reading this book was to experience 2nd person POV as talked about in this post
https://theorangutanlibrarian.wordpress.com/2018/05/22/all-the-viewpoints-differ...

I don't think I'm a fan of that writing style...it was a bit too much at times, in a "Ok move on" kind of way, yet the story itself turned out to be something that held my interest and I was able to finish it in a day or so.

16-yo Gemma is taken by a man at the Bangkok airport and held captive in the middle of the Australian desert. Can. You. Imagine??? How the heck are you going to get away from this guy when there is literally nothing but sand as far as the eye can see? How do you live with the daily fear of what he might do to you?

I thought the back story of how he chose her and how he did it was interesting.

I found Gemma's thoughts and reactions were very believable.

The part about the camel was a bit far-fetched, but I still liked it because I, of course, fell in love with that camel.

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  Jinjer | Jul 19, 2021 |
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For Mum and Simon who helped, and for the desert that inspiried
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You saw me before I saw you.
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Sixteen-year-old Gemma, a British city-dweller, is abducted while on vacation with her parents and taken to the Australian outback, where she soon realizes that escape attempts are futile, and in time she learns that her captor is not as despicable as she first believed.

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Gemma is kidnapped, or 'stolen', from an airport. She is taken away from everything she knows to the wild and remote Australian outback; where all her impressions, instincts and feelings are irrevocably challenged. This book is a letter to her captor.
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