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3.38  ·  Rating details ·  73 ratings  ·  20 reviews
In the spirit of Emma Donoghue’s international bestseller, Room, Captive is a gripping, emotional thriller about a woman’s terrifying kidnapping and captivity.

Emma has an unremarkable life: a mundane job, very little contact with her family, and no significant relationships. Night after night she drinks tequila to forget until one evening she is jolted out of her routine.
Paperback, 200 pages
Published August 22nd 2015 by Arachnide Editions
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Linda Strong
They come for her in the middle of the night. When she is next aware, she is locked in a grey room. There are no windows and the door is locked. The room is bare except for a mattress.

She spends her time at first thinking about her life. She's lost contact with her family, she has no friends. Her job is nothing to brag about. Every night when she's at home, tequila is her sleeping medication.

*Her mysterious captors subject her to various tests that push her to her limit and make her question
Ross Lockhart
Jun 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Well written, with a great sense of tension throughout, but that ending is an eye-roller.
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
What in the hell did I just read? I mean seriously. What.

The premise is very similar to the Saw movies, but when you finally reach the ending, it's just confusing.

Honestly, I can't even talk about what is confusing me without spoiling the entire book.

I will say that this book was hella fast, so at least I didn't waste a lot of time on it. I mean, I was in the mood for a thriller and this was not it.
Oct 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
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Crystal Stlaurentt
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
Captive started off very promising and then fell way off the mark. It's like the author didn't know how to end it, so she just rushed to the end and just plugged in some random thought.
I am confused about the ending especially since why would you wreck people to make them better..?
This book COULD of been good!
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Mar 11, 2017 rated it liked it
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The Black Lion Journal

by Anne Logan

“The Brothers Grimm Meets Stephen King” is a quote from the French media outlet La Presse, found on the cover of Claudine Dumont’s Captive. This book is another translation (side note: I seem to be reading a lot of these lately, which makes me feel much more intelligent than I really am), so it was originally written in French, and is now translated into English by David Scott Hamilton. I found this media quote an interesting
Oct 10, 2015 rated it liked it
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A fascinating read. Emma lives a lonely life - she works at a dead end job, has no friends, and drinks far too much.

One night as she sleeps off another bender she is taken. Abducted. She wakes to find herself in an empty grey room - a cell - where she is subjected to a series of psychological tests. The book rips along as the reader is as in the dark as Emma is regarding her circumstances. Who are her mysterious captors? Why are they subjecting her to this? Every time she wakes up we wonder what
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it

The story begins with Emma who lives an unremarkable life with little contact with her family and friends. Night after night she drinks to forget until one evening she is jolted out of her routine. She wakes up in a concrete room furnished with only a mattress and a ceiling light. She feels emotions for the first time in a long time. She tries to make sense of what is happening to her, where is she and who has taken her and why. As the days, weeks and possible months pass she develops a
Matthew Marcus
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
This is a thriller. I thought it was written much in the style of The Girl on the Train. It is written in the style of short chapters and almost journal type entries. This book made me think of those that live alone in a big city, but really have no friends or family to look out for them. The central character, Emma, works in a dead-end job that has had many previous employees leave unannounced. If Emma were not to show up one day would she be missed, or would the employer also assume she had ...more
Kate Hearn
Jul 25, 2015 rated it liked it

This was an interesting short story (short compared to the length of novels I generally read). Emma has a deadend job, no real friends, only sees her parents twice a year and drinks herself to sleep every night. One night she is abducted from her home and wakes up in a grey cell. There are no windows, the door is locked. There is a pitcher of water and one with some kind of protein powder in it for food. Emma has no idea how long she is in the grey room,
Jun 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fr, 2015
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. This book is translated from the original French version, so I can't be certain how much of the writing style is form the author and how much id from the translator. Most of the book is written in short two/three word sentences. I can understand the reason for this at times, however it was a bit too much for my liking. I did enjoy the ending, as I feel it wrapped up the plot nicely, while leaving still leaving the reader wondering. It ...more
Aug 17, 2015 rated it liked it
~I Have Received My Copy of This Book For Free Through Goodreads Giveaways~

This story was a quick read, didn't take me more than 3 or 4 hours to finish. The concept of the story intrigued me, as did the character of Emma for the majority of it. The thing that bothered me about this book, however, is the ending. It both confuses and repulses me as the idea that people kidnap people and can/will leave them to die all in the sake of making them better people and to not abandon themselves is a mess
Susanna Froese
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a very interesting read. From page one, I was kept enticed by the mystery of Emma's confinement. Was she kidnapped, a prisoner of war, etc.? The short sentences in the first person format made the reading personal and impactful. Descriptions were well written, succinct, powerful. The ending was a real surprise - very clever. I really enjoyed reading this book. I borrowed this book from my sister who received if for free through Goodreads Giveaways.
Doriana Bisegna
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It is rare that I read a novel and have absolutely no idea where the story is leading until the very last sentence. This is an absolute original! It resonates with you long after you close the back cover.
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Away from alcohol, work, friends, family, television, and everything else that tends to stand between us and life, Julian and Emma are subjected to a series of increasingly cruel and unusual tests. Why them? What is this? Some kind of twisted reality TV show?

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Aug 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Emma is abducted from her own home. From her bedroom. And wakes to find herself in a concrete room. Hours pass. Days go by. And the question she keeps repeating to herself is 'why me?'
Short chapters. An easy read. This book was a great way to end my summer reading.
Nov 29, 2015 rated it liked it
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Samantha Gunning
Jun 22, 2015 marked it as to-read
I won this book via Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.
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