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Held

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  507 ratings  ·  100 reviews
"What happens when the source of your worst fears becomes the object of your affection?"

Seventeen-year-old Chloe's summer vacation in Greece comes to an abrupt end when she is suddenly bound, gagged and whisked away to an unidentified location. Waking up from a drug-induced sleep, she finds herself in a squalid warehouse. Chloe can only imagine the worst.

After several days...more
Hardcover, 246 pages
Published January 6th 2011 by Annick Press
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Dec 31, 2013 Ⓑⓔⓣⓗ rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: favorites

★★★★★ = Best book Ever!

As my Goodreads friends know I love a dark read, in fact the darker the better and in a way I think I expected this to be just that sort of book but it wasn't.



It was so much more than that.



I can never explain why but from the moment I picked up this book and began to read the prologue I was hooked and its not an intense gripping story, your even told the outcome at the start. But for me it was just one of those books that I'm so glad I read, I loved the story, loved the ch...more
Giselle
I was fortunate to have won this book in a Goodreads' First Reads giveaway (many thanks!!!), but I would have gladly paid for it as it's a wonderful book.

Chloe, a 17 year old, gets abducted during her vacation in Greece. In her mind she expects the worse: they are terrorists and she will be raped and killed, maybe tortured. So it came to a big surprise when she is very well treated with gourmet meals and everything she needs during her confinement. Consequently, she soon starts to fall for her a...more
Atalyonet
*** SPOLIERS ****

I finished this book 5 hours after I started it - I could not put it down. it is wonderfully written. However, I felt somewhat uneased regarding the ending.

Chloe is a 17 YO girl kidnapped during a summer vacation in Greece, and held as prisoner by an unknown organization, and specfically, an engimatic hostage taker who we learn quite little about other than the fact that he is young, unarmed, bright, doesn't smile and is short in words. throughout her ordeal, Chloe suffers the e...more
Jennifer
This book is perfect for fans of Stolen by Lucy Christopher. I loved that book and I'm always looking for similar reads so I was very happy when Giselle @ Xpresso Reads recommended this book to me. I knew I had to give it a try and it was exactly what I was looking for! Seventeen year old Chloe is vacationing in Greece when she is grabbed and taken to a warehouse. She believes the worse, murder, sex slavery, or torture and is surprised when her hostage-taker continues to tell her no harm will co...more
Alexandra Middleton
4.5 stars.
SPOILERS CONTAINED IN THIS REVIEW
I really, really liked Held. It was another book that I picked at random from my eReader without reading the synopsis or any reviews. It had me hooked from the very first page, and at times it really, thoroughly disturbed me.
Every emotion that Chloe went through, I experienced too. When she was afraid when she was locked up alone, experiencing hallucinations (which was done very effectively) I was too. When she was claustrophobic when locked up in the...more
Kelly
The voice is there, but it's not necessarily believable. This is an example of too much tell and no show, and throughout the book, the Stockholm Syndrome is handled poorly because it's tell-tell-tell. The captor continues telling Chloe she's experiencing it.

Chloe herself isn't really developed, and lot of her episodes are classic Stockholm, but they're taken almost to an unintentionally funny degree. There's no explanation for anything but that, and it's almost like the joke is on the reader th...more
Robin
I appreciate that the author is depicting a situation not often seen in young adult lit., and that she is trying to do so in a full and thoughtful way. And, I feel so bad saying this, but I just found the central character and the whole story whiny and kind of annoying. And repetitious. We get it! Stockholm syndrome. Yeah.

I am also heartily creeped out by how many goodreads readers were charmed by this "love" story and were hoping Chloe and her hostage-taker would find a way to be together. (Ple...more
Christine The Dark Romance Junkie *Mafia Princess*
Really enjoyable read, I personally felt that this was not a romance. It was quite predictable which I didn't mind, the only bad thing about it was the ending, it was very abrupt if there is a second book I will definitely read it. I need closure.
Lettersalad
Für Chloe sollte es der schönste Sommer ihres Lebens werden: Ein Ferienjob in Griechenland zusammen mit ihrer besten Freundin Angie. Doch das Ende dieses Abenteuers hatte die 17-Jährige sich gewiss anders vorgestellt.
Zuerst gerät sie mit Angie in einen Streit, dann wird sie von wildfremden Männern in ein Auto gezerrt und verschleppt. Für Chloe beginnt ein Alptraum. Sie weiß nicht wo sie ist, wer ihre Entführer sind und warum sie gerade ihr das alles antun. Sind sie Terroristen oder durch andere...more
The Ruler
I can't even begin to figure out what I just read. I was almost completely convinced that this book was the author's idea of a joke until I came across the occasional failed attempts at philosophy that convinced me otherwise. The 3 stars rating is based more on my enjoyment of the book as a whole rather than character development or plot-pacing.

Some parts in the book just called for ridicule and I wasn't quite sure what to make of our seemingly dim protagonist:

- "I saw a movie bout Patty Hearst...more
Juliana
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justablondemoment
I enjoyed reading this book and found it to be well written. The only thing that I didn't like was the ending which was too abrupt. It left me wondering with many questions. I liked the way the author made this book have a "real" feel to it. Furthermore, I found the whole Stockholm syndrome, very interesting. I have to wonder though, if I was confused as an adult, how confused a "young adult" would be reading this. Spending the time to give a clearer ending would have made this book much better.
Kairi
“Some stories are too sad to bear.”
“But have you noticed only other people’s stories? Because ours are just the things that happen to us.”


Holy mother of hell what a mindfuck! God how I hate that!! (who am I kidding I LOVE that, although yeah, it kinda sucks too, but then again it’s AWESOME. Ok I might be a little at war with myself here, but whatever).

So this book was really, really, really about Stockholm Syndrome more than anything else. And it's made very clear. The plot revolves around it...more
Belle Aurora
A perfect case of Stockholm Syndrome. I really enjoyed this book. It had me from the second chapter and I was sucked in until the book finished.
This book could've been a five star for me but I really did not like the ending. It finished so abruptly that I was left with my mouth hanging.
I WANT TO KNOW MORE! Darn it to heck!
Great job, Edeet. You really did a number on me!
♔Beth♔ XoXo
The ending ................. WHAT THE FUCK.............. What happens next ............will they meet again ? ..........
Michael (Tattoogirl Reads)
Man, what a good read. I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this. I’m not normally into such realist fiction when it could potentially house some really awful things inside it’s pages. When there is kidnapping and potential terrorism then who knows what else it could hold, right?

Its a really interesting look into one girls experience with kidnapping, mental instability, Stockholm Syndrome, and first love. First love = stockholm syndrome. It’s crazy all the emotions you feel for Chloe. At...more
Carla
Alright, I still don't know what to think about it... Did I like it? Yeah... I kind of did. But it certainly wasn't one of my favorite books about this subject matter. I missed something here, however, it was good book and very well written.

As we can see in the burb, this book is about Stockholm syndrome, and the author created a story where she followed every step of it. We get to see everything!

And speaking for myself, I didn't lost myself in the romance as I did in other books with the same...more
Monica&spikey
Wow.

Alright, to be fair, I think a normal person would've fallen in love with him. We can't chalk it all up to Stockholms Syndrome, seeing as this man was THE. NICEST. FUCKING. KIDNAPPER. EVER. I"m pretty sure, most kidnappers are not that nice. But then again, all I know about kidnapping comes from watching Criminal Minds and Taken, and those shows may just be an exaggeration of the reality. Nice kidnappers mat, in fact, be the norm.

Still, this was an amazing book. The writing reminded me of th...more
Stacy
Hmmm. I'm perplexed. Did I like it? Well, aside from the PG-13ness of a few parts, as I contemplate how I want to review this, then I guess I would say I have 2 options: either I like it or I dislike it, right? So, then if Chloe was suffering from Stockholm Syndrome, then that would mean that her abducter (-er, or -or?) had masterfully manipulated her, brainwashed her and perfectly portrayed himself to be interesting and interested in her and thereby was able to get away with everything without...more
Saio
Wow, I'm like crying because there needs to be a second book the ending just left me wondering, honestly I still have a million question ....

Best read of the summer for sure! After reading " Stolen and Pretty girl -13 " I became completely obsessed with dark reads such as this and I am soo glad I looked for books with similar story lines because I LOVE LOVE LOVED this book & probably going to read it in a few days like Stolen , it was just that good.
Maureen
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Good books never end
MEINUNG

Dieses Buch hat mich aufgrund seiner besonderen Thematik interessiert. Ein Mädchen, das am Stockholm-Syndrom leidet, obwohl "leidet" ja doch das falsche Wort dafür ist. Denn bei diesem Syndrom entwickelt die Geisel ein positives emotionales Gefühl für ihren Entführer. Mir war klar, dass die Umsetzung dieses Themas nicht einfach ist, deshalb waren meine Erwartungen an die 320-seitige Geschichte von Anfang an nicht sehr hoch.

Ravel gibt die Entführungsgeschichte von Chloe in Tagebuchform wie...more
AJ
An amazing story. Like other Goodreads reviewers, I found myself entirely wrapped up in Chloe's world, only to get to the end of the book and wonder exactly what it was that I just read. I don't normally like books that keep you guessing, but this ending really works.

Very well written and an easy, but exciting, read when you have a few hours to spare.
Felicia
Loved this book! She has sold the movie rights and is currently waiting on the script. She will write a squeal based off the movie :)
Sadie
4.5 stars. Very good, read it in one sitting but I am desperate for a continuation of this story. Fingers and toes crossed!
Dani
Sep 09, 2014 Dani rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Drawn to Stories with Abusive Relationships
This story sucked me right in. The Psychology behind Stockholm Syndrome is fascinating and even though we aren't in the same situation as Chloe we too are buying into the kidnapper's actions. We too are reading into his actions emotions that just aren't there...or are they?

We are left to conclude this for ourselves. I won't ruin the ending, but I didn't like it, I was really disappointed. It is a little like Chloe will come to feel after being home a while I'm sure. That being the case, it still...more
Pamela Hubbard
Organized, type A Chloe is in Greece for a summer of volunteering when the unthinkable happens. She is kidnapped and held hostage for a prisoner exchange. Thankfully, she is treated very well and as time goes on, she falls in love with her young, attractive hostage-taker. As the months go on, Chloe struggles with her reality.
This book was not what I expected. It started out with all the trimmings of a great psychological thriller. The kidnapping scenes were suspenseful and I liked the news artic...more
Diane Ferbrache
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Bücherfresser
"Tiefgründige Emotionen; verwirrend und aufwühlend …"


Inhalt:
Chloe ist mit ihrer besten Freundin in Griechenland als es passiert: Sie wird entführt. Plötzlich findet sie sich wieder in den Händen ihres Entführers ohne Sicht auf Entkommen. Auch wenn ihr Entführer immer wieder beteuert, dass sie nur als eine Art Geisel dient geht Chloe durch die Hölle und zwischen all ihrer Angst und Panik um ihr Leben, spürt sie immer mehr dass sie sich in ihren einzigen Retter verliebt. Ihren Entführer.


Geschichte...more
Librarysteph
I was dreading this book because I hate horror movies and I was sure that I was going to be horrified but what I read. I was wrong, it was amazing.

This novel was incredibly compelling, and managed never to drag even though much of it takes place in the same room with little action. It’s mastery lies in the psychology and the artfully crafted narration.

I felt as though I was going through the stages that Chloe, the kidnapped girl, did. I was afraid when she was afraid, I was sad when she was sad,...more
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I spent my first seven years on Sasa, an Israeli kibbutz, and the next ten in Montreal. I returned to Jerusalem in 1973 to study at Hebrew University. I wrote continually as I accumulated degrees (a BA and MA in English, followed by an MA in Creative Writing and a PhD in Biblical Exegesis at McGill) and then taught, but I did not send out my work until I was in my forties; I had completed ten or s...more
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