I bought this on the strength of a review at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books; they said that "things are not as they seem," and that kind of thing is my cI bought this on the strength of a review at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books; they said that "things are not as they seem," and that kind of thing is my catnip. And I'm glad that was right there in the review, because otherwise I don't think I'd have read far enough to find out, because I'd have just thought it was a creepy Stockholm Syndrome story.
Sarah Mercedes was kidnapped by Julius King at her eighteenth birthday party, during a fracas in which her father was also killed. (Everybody seems to basically be gangsters of some kind--Julius, Sarah's dad, and most of the other people we meet during the book.) Julius took Sarah to his private island, and she has been told that at the end of three years she must marry him. Her three years are almost up, and she decides to woo Julius in the hopes that she can soften him up and he won't go through with his plan. What she doesn't count on is the page-scorching chemistry that flares up between the two, or the hints that events didn't go down exactly as she remembers.
The emotional core of this story is really intense and well done, the sex is super steamy, and the twists are awesome. I did find myself confused at times during the crime stuff. I'm not sure if it's an issue of the writing or if I'm just not well enough versed in the mob, but at times it felt kind of like that Facebook meme about sportsing--("Well, Bob, we were criming really hard, but those other guys were criming too, and they just crimed the crime better than we did.")--and I couldn't always follow what was going on in the shoot-em-up scenes, though at least some of this was intentional, I think.
Overall, I'm glad I read King's Captive. I'd call it an erotic romance for people who like psychological thrillers....more
OK, this rating is a knee-jerk, gut rating, but this book hooked me. I read it in one day, in two sittings (it's also not long, which helped). The beaOK, this rating is a knee-jerk, gut rating, but this book hooked me. I read it in one day, in two sittings (it's also not long, which helped). The beautifully described Pacific Northwest island and the mystery of Kyra's lost memories combined to create an incredible sense of foreboding.
Kyra has been suffering both retrograde and anterograde amnesia since a diving accident several months ago. Her husband, Jacob, has moved the two of them to the old family home on Mystic Island where she can recover in peace and quiet. Kyra knows Jacob is doing his best, but that it's got to be hard for him, since she often can't remember conversations from one day to the next...and can't even remember her courtship and marriage to Jacob in the first place. They try to rebuild their relationship, and Kyra tries to piece together her memories of the last four years and of the diving accident.
In what I think is a complete fluke, I guessed the twist early. I don't really blame the author--there was this other book years ago, kind of obscure, totally different genre and setting, that coincidentally had pretty much the same twist. I loved that book, and I think it's why my antennae picked up on this one. It didn't detract from my experience of The Twilight Wife; it just added to the tension for me, as I wondered when and how it would unfold.
If you're looking for an eerie thriller that will keep you reading when you really should be getting to sleep, definitely check this one out....more
I had been going to knock off like half a star for the weirdly loose ends at the very end, but her afterword explains that they're part of a longer boI had been going to knock off like half a star for the weirdly loose ends at the very end, but her afterword explains that they're part of a longer book that will come out later. Just devoured this, and need to read her backlist....more