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Stolen: A Letter to My Captor

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  50,294 Ratings  ·  6,481 Reviews
It happened like this. I was stolen from an airport. Taken from everything I knew, everything I was used to. Taken to sand and heat, dirt and danger. And he expected me to love him.

This is my story.

A letter from nowhere.

Sixteen year old Gemma is kidnapped from Bangkok airport and taken to the Australian Outback. This wild and desolate landscape becomes almost a characte
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 4th 2009 by Chicken House Ltd
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The Horrendously Inactive and Very Sad Elephant Who is Green Will there be a sequel to Stolen?

I certainly would like to revisit Gemma and Ty's world one day, and yes, I do have a plot for a book related to…more
Will there be a sequel to Stolen?

I certainly would like to revisit Gemma and Ty's world one day, and yes, I do have a plot for a book related to Stolen all worked out in my head, ready to go. However, at present I am working on another novel for young people that is not related to Stolen to Flyaway. My advice though....stay tuned. It won't be today or tomorrow, but maybe soon, soon, soon.....

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Amicha Because you followed Gemma's journey. You felt what she felt. The desire. The desire to not have desire, but still having desire. You wanted Ty just…moreBecause you followed Gemma's journey. You felt what she felt. The desire. The desire to not have desire, but still having desire. You wanted Ty just as badly as she did.

You had Stockholm syndrome. THAT'S why you wanted to cry.(less)
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Feb 12, 2014 Annalisa rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: f words
Recommended to Annalisa by: Kat Kennedy
When I was a teenager, I remember watching a movie with my family and the couple onscreen kissed for the first time and of course five seconds later were sleeping together. My dad, trying to keep the morality of four teenage girls intact, complained about movies always doing that, making you root for something you didn't believe in. I remember thinking "it's just a movie; you're supposed to want that," because I had wanted it.

Christopher is a smart woman. She realizes this power, that as an auth
This book completely reaffirmed my fascination with the beautiful land that is Australia.

But the people who live there seem to want everyone to think it's a lot like this:

Or this:

Or even this:

Gemma, just a regular 16 year old school girl, has been captured by a handsome and alluring young Australian man named Ty. Although Gemma seems to think so, it never feels like she's in any imminent danger, from Ty at least. From the environment - yes.

The stakes and suspense don't seem that high, as I fully
Nina ♥
Jan 25, 2012 Nina ♥ rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Nina ♥ by: Maggie Stiefvater
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"I made it," you said, gruffly, "for you."
You shoved it onto my finger. It was roughly carved, shaped from a lump of something colourful and cold...a ring made entirely from a gemstone. It was beautiful. It glinted emerald greens and blood reds over my skin, and had tiny flecks of gold catching the light. I couldn't stop staring at it.
"Why?" I asked.
You didn't answer that. Instead you touched the ring gently and looked piercingly at me, unsaid questions in your eyes.

HOLY SHIT! I should not have
… that’s it?

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Well, that was a shit fucking letter, wasn’t it? Can you even call that a letter? It’s just a recollection of everything that happened between Gemma and Ty. As if someone would be able to remember every conversation that had happened on every day for a month. It’s fine as a story, but I did not accept the letter concept. It reminds me of a certain Friends episode where Rachel and Ross are fighting and Rachel wrote him a letter.

Ross: “I fell asleep!”
Rachel: “You fell asleep?!”
Kat Kennedy
Stolen is such a singular reading experience that its difficult to decide how I feel about it.

Gemma is a sixteen year old English girl kidnapped by Ty and taken into the Western Australian outback where she is held prisoner.

I had to give this book five stars for several reasons. One of the reasons is because it was so fantastically well written. Beautiful, touching, heart breaking and real. Christopher doesn't spare on the details both good and bad. Never before have I felt a book to be so real,
Maggie Stiefvater
Jul 11, 2010 Maggie Stiefvater rated it it was amazing
I just had a copy of STOLEN by Lucy Christopher put into my hands at ALA, and I am definitely, definitely sending a quote for them to use for the paperback edition. It’s a YA novel about a girl who is kidnapped from an airport by a crazy guy and taken to a shack in the Australian outback. The novel features

1) crazy guy
2) camels
3) strong heroine
4) poisonous snakes! (did you know that Australia is the only continent where species of poisonous snakes outnumbers non-poisonous ones?)
5) hallucinating
Rosalinda *KRASNORADA*

-------------------AUGUST 2013 UPDATE--------------

Look what I just saw on Lucy's FB:

Lucy Christopher
If I tell you I'm about to fly to San Diego to work on the screenplay of Stolen .... would you be excited?
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P.S. Sorry for updating an old review but this was soooooo good for me that I had to do it!
shady boots
I'm still crying as I type this.

This review will very likely be brief and will very likely be a hot mess, because . . . I just can't believe how gorgeous this single piece of literature is. I can't believe it took me this long to read it. I'll definitely say it was worth the wait, though.

It's been a while since I've read something that touched me this deeply. How this book is written just gutted me and left me breathless at times. Gemma was relatable because she was a real teenage girl. I would'
Raeleen Lemay
So, the hype surrounding this book.....

I've read a few books on the topic of kidnapping now, and I can safely say this one is my least favorite so far.

Firstly, the actual kidnapping that takes place just seems SO UNREALISTIC to me that I can't even take it. I find it really hard to believe that a 25 year old man could so effortlessly get a 16 year old girl who is drugged out of her mind through airport security with a fake passport. Just no. That would not happen.

The one thing I enjoyed about
Apr 11, 2016 Sophie rated it it was amazing
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Five stars.

I really don't know how to feel right now.
I feel so sad, but that isn't the right word to explain how I feel about this book.
It's so complicated. I hated some of the moments in this book- could not even begin to imagine myself feeling even the slightest bit of empathy for certain characters. Yet, something about this book pulls you in and flips you over. Before you know it, you're viewing this book in an entirely different light than when you started it. Suddenly, your eyes have op
Jul 19, 2010 Tatiana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tatiana by: Kat, Penny and just about everyone else I know on GR
It is with sadness I am giving Stolen an "it was ok" 2-star rating. I expected to love this book. What's not to love? The premise was right up my alley - a psychological thriller, an exploration of Stockholm Syndrome, a story about a kidnapped person who finds herself emotionally attached to her captor. It's a treasure for a reader like me, fascinated by crazy and sick. But somehow Stolen didn't move me in any significant way.

While I found the premise to be extremely interesting and pretty much
Final rating: 5/5 stars

“How long will you keep me?" I asked.
You shrugged. "Forever, of course.”


This book is FANTASTIC.

WHY? because it's UNIQUE, and it's not usual KIDNAPPING STORY. It's something else entirely, and it's WORTHY OF YOUR TIME.


And, the one thing that made me love it is THE UNIQUE WAY OF WRITING. This is a letter... a LETTER TO HER CAPTOR - LITERALLY. And it's ENDING was what i loved the most. T
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Okay... I just finished this book and I need to take some deep breaths and calm down a little- alright, here it goes!

Sixteen year old Gemma is at an airport coffee shop in Bangkok when she sees him. Ty is in his mid twenties. He looks familiar to her, something about his beautiful blue eyes, but she can’t place him. He buys her a coffee, they chat, then she starts to feel funny. She has been drugged. She is being kidnapped.

Now, meet Ty and Gemma:
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When Gemma comes to, she is surprised. She is


"You saw me before I saw you..."

Where to even begin with a review on a story like this...

Let me start off by saying that this was not an easy story to read. From the moment I started reading it, I felt like there were dark clouds looming over me and something bad was going to happen any minute. And I pretty much felt that way throughout the entire book, which explains exactly why I was so hesitant to start it at first. But in the end, I'm really glad I final
Feb 04, 2011 Arlene rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Arlene by: Gift from Flannery - Thank you!
Wow!! What an emotional, gripping and addictive book! I was hooked to this story from the beginning and despite how I knew nothing good would come of it, I drove head on collision with the conclusion and was left with a wreckage of angst and sadness.

But before I tell you how I really felt, excuse me a moment, while I self-reflect...

Felt an emotional pull toward the captor? Check.
Believed that he deserved some semblance of happiness because of his past? Check.
Recognized moments where the captor s
I literally just put down Stolen and my can't think. I just need to let this book sit and saturate into me, every part of me because it can and it will and I will let it.

I do want to say, however, that Stolen was not what I expected. When I went into it, I was almost expecting an eventual romance, but there is none and I'm glad there isn't. Stolen is a novel of abduction, but it is also a novel of hope and faith and beauty. I only really fell in love with Stolen seven pages from the
This book. I read it. And it gave me feels. Sometimes the narrative. Drove me crazy. Sometimes The Ty. Drove me crazy. Sometimes The Gemma. Drove me crazy. Sometimes The Camel. Made me laugh.

Okay, in all seriousness, if anyone wants a test for how much “crazy” they have, this book is it. All you have to do is find a piece of paper and something to write with and start making strike marks for every scene in which Gemma should attempt to KILL Ty. I think I got up to 27 or so, with each murder bec
May 17, 2013 kristina rated it it was amazing
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This book was just WOW!I fell in love with the characters but mostly with the writing style.To be more specific , this book is written like a letter,a letter to her captor, which means that she is refering to him.This is very beautiful because the reader takes part in the story and the book is alive.

Gemma never thought that a friendly stranger could harm her.The story begins when she is in a coffee shop at the airport.There she spots a familiar face but
Favourite Quote: "Lets face it, you did steal me. But you saved my life too. And somewhere in the middle, you showed me a place so different and beautiful, I can never get it out of my mind. And I can't get you out of there either. You're stuck in my brain like my own blood vessels."

Stolen is one huge emotional rollercoaster ride. It had my stomach all tied up in knots and made my heart ache but it was AMAZING. Truly, a stunning and thought provoking read.

Lucy Christopher is a brilliant writer.
What would you do if you're abducted to the middle of nowhere?

I hate deserts. I winced when Christopher described about the heat and the rawness of the desert. Why are we even talking about deserts?
Because in reality it's actually beautiful. It shows the vastness of the world, the rawness, the emptiness and the loneliness.
I read this short story called the Tears of the Desert by Paulo Coelho. It's a story about this man who listens everyday to the sobbing of the desert and a missionary

The proud Aussie chick inside me was majorly pissed off with this book.

An English friend of mine (who thinks he's fecking hilarious BTW) recently developed his own slogan for Australian tourism:

"Snakes. Spiders. Jellyfish. Weather.
Australia - countless ways to get assfucked by nature"

- D. Crowley

So you see, we're having a hard enough time AS IT IS to entice the world to visit us without Lucy Christopher raining on our awesome parade.

Further thoughts on the actual story to follow shortly...
Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
Beautiful. Evil, but beautiful. Evil because I now have Stockholm Syndrome. Beautiful because I didn't realise it was happening, the writing was so subtle yet engrossing and real. Gritty.

I fell in love with Ty, the kidnapper. He was so kind, considerate and almost harmless really (Hello, Stockholm!). He'd saved Gemma's life so many times and eventually sacrificed his freedom for her. How can anyone not love him a little for that?

I understood his motivations. He was lonely and had been badly tre
Dec 15, 2014 Zoë rated it it was amazing
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My review and discussion is up!
This book has made my list of all-time favorite books!
The premise is so unlike any book that I've ever read and so original in its format: a letter written to the kidnapper by the 16 year old girl who was kidnapped.
The main character, Gemma, is a strong and capable girl who actually makes smart decisions after being kidnapped by Ty. This is so refreshing because, although she is terrified after being kidnapped by a man who
Oct 30, 2013 ♥Rachel♥ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

I’ve wanted to read Stolen for a long time. Sadly, it was pushed to the side so many times, but I’m glad I finally picked it up because it was a powerful and gripping read. All my nerves and emotions felt stretched tight while reading this, the tension high. I felt the zing of excitement as I turned the pages, both hoping for things to turn out one way and dreading if they did, as well.

Sixteen year old Gemma is drugged and kidnapped from an airport and taken to the endless desert in th

I must confess, I'm still in the middle of the book and I'm already at the verge of giving up. Stolen: A Letter to My Captor annoys me so much.

At first I thought I'd like this story, because I'm deeply interested with Stockholm Syndrome and the conflicts between kidnapped victim and the kidnapper...and not to mention I had also tried my hand on writing yaoi fanfic with similar themes. But so far the author had failed to get the job done. If Ms. Lucy Christopher didn't redeem her creat
Jun 05, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-reads
Stolen was a powerful and fascinating read. It was a very intricate read and left me feeling like there were no easy answers.

I liked Gemma, the main protagonist. She is strong and never really gives up trying to get free. I tried imagining the horror of being kidnapped and then brought to a place you have no idea how to even survive in without your captor. How life changing and traumatic that would be. I think that if the snake incident hadn’t happened, she likely would not have wanted to go bac
May 26, 2010 Kristy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sniff, 2010, heavy, loved-it
Wow this was a different sort of book. Not really what I expected. I liked it. But it really left me feeling very conflicted, much like the main character Gemma.

Gemma was kidnapped or "stolen" by her stalker of 6 years, which she never even knew she had. He took her out to the middle of the desert in Australia where he had built a house for them to live in.

The thing that left me so conflicted is even though Ty took her against her will, and at times he seemed crazy, I ended up feeling for him.
Apr 02, 2014 Penny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone, especially lovers of YA novels
Recommended to Penny by: Kat Kennedy
This book really made me think, especially about all the dysfunctional relationships disguised as romance in YA novels and movies.

I had an interesting conversation with one of my nieces about this book (she read it during our family reunion). She's twenty-four years old and she felt as conflicted as I did about how this book ended. We were both frustrated with ourselves (or the book--it's hard to tell) because we kept wanting the relationship between Gemma and her kidnapper to develop. How sick
JaHy☝Hold the Fairy Dust
5++++++++ STARS***

I will begin by saying this isn't for everyone, in fact I wasn't certain this was a story for me. I am NOT a fan of overly descriptive material nor slow paced plot lines . This book is definitely both and precisely what makes it so stunningly beautiful. It's such a simple story,yet complex. Full of glorious characters, yet only of 2 people . Black and white, yet vividly colorful...

Ty , Ty, Ty ,I LOVE HIM.

I know what his character did was wrong, there is no denying it. BUT,
Feb 09, 2011 ~Tina~ rated it it was amazing
TBR Reduce Challenge #9- 2011 (Alexa)

Aussie Book challenge 2011 #2

:Spoiler Alert:

Wow! What an outstanding story!

Lucy Christopher pens a remarkable story that will leave you torn, rattled and emotional raw. She will have you question between madness and sanity, love and obsession and ultimately right and wrong. She will dare you to choose what you know and what you actually feel once this story is said and done.
Stolen has no chapters, it is a long-running letter written from victim to captor.
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Lucy Christopher was born in Wales but grew up in Australia. She obtained an Undergraduate degree at Melbourne University. She moved to the UK to earn a distinction in a Creative Writing MA from Bath Spa University. The novel she wrote for this class, The Long Flight, was picked up by a publisher under a new name of FLYAWAY.

Lucy’s debut novel, Stolen, was written as part for her PhD degree. Stolen
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“Lets face it, you did steal me. But you saved my life too. And somewhere in the middle, you showed me a place so different and beautiful, I can never get it out of my mind. And I can't get you out of there either. You're stuck in my brain like my own blood vessels.” 625 likes
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