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The Hostage by Susan Wiggs
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Aug 19, 11

it was amazing
bookshelves: historical-fiction, historical-romance
Read on February 01, 2011 , read count: 1

Action. Adventure. Suspense. Murder. Mayhem. Kidnapping. Isolation. Desolation. Near Death. Introspection. Rape. Romance. Compassion. Empathy. Self-Reinvention. All of this and more set against the backdrop of The Great Chicago Fire.

When Deborah Sinclair experiences one life-changing event, she is unprepared for a chain-of-events that is set in motion on the night of the Chicago Fire. Returning to her father's mansion to confront him with a decision she has made about her engagement, she thwarts a would-be killer who then takes her hostage to the north woods of Isle Royale. While being held captive for ransom, Deborah is forced to shed her society girl image and confront the way 'real' people live. Forced by winter blizzards and an icing of the lake that surrounds Isle Royale, she becomes aware of the atrocities that her father's businesses have committed all in the quest of climbing society's golden ladder.

This story, the first in Susan Wiggs' Chicago Fire trilogy is captivating. I was caught from page one and enthralled until the final page. The characters are multi-dimensional and real. The setting is fabulous - I could almost feel the cold of the blizzard's snows and the bleakness of a deserted winter settlement. THE HOSTAGE is not to be missed. Thankfully I still have book three - THE FIREBRAND to read.

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