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Revenge by Whit Gentry
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Feb 14, 2012

really liked it
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Read from February 26 to 28, 2012

This book was very interesting, but a little twisted. The basic premise is that two men kidnap 4 women and hold them hostage for 6 months. There's a reason why they do this, but I'm not going to ruin the story for anyone. Umm.. now for my opinions.. I really liked the book, it was written very well, and kept me intrigued with the mystery of why and if they would be returned safely. However, I think the writer wanted us to be happy that the kidnappers got away, and I just couldn't be. I understand why they kidnapped the women, but I just feel like they were innocent and even if everything turned out fine for most of them, they shouldn't have been confined for 6 months. In particular I felt sorry for Sharon, who even though she was spoiled, could not be blamed for behaving the way she did. I'm not sure I would comply with a kidnapper, even if I was not being mistreated. No one wants to be held against their will. I suppose I'm supposed to be happy because the women learned a lesson and came back even healthier then they were, and then I think of Tajal. She wasn't unhealthy in the first place, was innocent, and had a loving husband who was worried sick about her. I just can't feel very good feelings towards the kidnappers, because I don't think what they did was right.

On the other hand, it was interesting reading how they came up and went through with a perfect crime. The book was so meticulous with the details, I could only find one thing wrong. That is on page 220 when it says that Jake licked the envelopes and sealed them up. Then it says, "but if anyone chose to give it to the police, it would not have any DNA or fingerprints of Jake." Obviously if he licked the envelope's to seal them, they would have his DNA from the saliva. I'm sure this is just a mistake, but it really bugged at me. Usually when I'm reading books on a crime, I find a dozen other mistakes the criminals make that could get them caught.

The book did give me a lot of enjoyment though, even with the twisted sense of justice I couldn't believe in, which is why I rated it so high. I just hope that the women did not suffer mentally for their time in captivity, because I think I would go insane if I was locked up for that long with nothing to do!
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