by Lucy Christopher
Book Review by Katie Painter
Gemma, a British teenager, is kidnapped when on vacation with her parents. Her kidnapper, Ty, takes her to the outbacks of Australia. To Gemma, the land is harsh and there are no other signs of human life for hundreds of miles in every direction. There was no escaping. Gemma must learn to deal with her difficult situation, or die trying. Ty, the young man that took her, has other ideas for her. His childhood experience of living in the outback of Australia has forever changed the way he sees things. He has been living in Gemma’s city. Unlike Gemma he has had enough. In outback Australia he sees the opportunity for a new kind of life, a life more connected to the earth. He has been watching and learning about Gemma for many years. When he kidnaps her, his plan finally begins to fall into place. Ty is not a stereotypical kidnapper and over time, Gemma comes to see Ty in a new way, a way in which he seems more sensitive. The mysteries of Ty, and the mystery of her new life, start to take effect. She begins to feel something for her kidnapper when he wakes up screaming in the middle of the night. Over the time spent with her kidnapper, Gemma’s appreciation for him develops. Is this real love, or Stockholm Syndrome?
Gemma believes that she in in love with Ty because she was with him for so long that she ended up believing it.
At the airport in Australia, while on vacation, Gemma was taken from a restaurant by someone she thought she could trust. He was such a gentleman to her she let him buy her a drink, but obviously that was a mistake.
Ty thought the outbacks of Australia would be the perfect palce to keep Gemma, but between the heat, deadly animals, and her plans to escape, he realized that it might have been a big mistake.