The Captive – Deborah O’Connor

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

A crime book with a twist! In a future society, criminals, when convicted, spend their term not in a jail, but in a cell within the house of the victim who has pursued justice against them. This has not only caused less convictions to be chased, but also more crime to occur with less chance of being punished.

When her husband, who worked for the police, is murdered, Hannah wants justice for the crime. Soon after, a cell is installed in her house – the size of a supermarket parking space – which will house the prisoner for the duration of his sentence. When Jem arrives, Hannah adjusts to having to host someone she hates; someone who has done something unforgivable. And on top of that, the fear that he might find a way out of his cage and hurt her.

As she gets to know him, she sees that all may not be as it seems, causing Hannah to rethink everything she thought she knew.

I don’t know what I expected from the blurb, but it was not the absolute rollercoaster I was taken on. I was completely gripped by this book and I couldn’t put it down until I had reached the final page!

Not only does it really challenge your thinking (would you prosecute if you had to live with the perpetrator?) but it also addresses our preconceptions of others. Hannah was a well-crafted main character; the emotional journey and discovery she goes on through the story really helps you connect to her, as a reader. I found myself wondering how I would react if I were in the same situation: would I have the same results?

Jem was, for me, by far the most interesting character in the book. The slow reveal of his back-story really enhanced the development of the plot. O’Connor reveals information only when she wants you to figure out the clues, which means there are constant twists and turns – The Captive is a really cleverly written book.

Even though I read a lot of crime books, I felt as though this was a really fresh take. It’s a book I’d recommend to any fan of the genre!

If you like the sound of this book, you can buy it here!

Emily x

📚 Book gifted by publisher

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