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Dear Captor

(Letters in Blood #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  463 ratings  ·  134 reviews
Never did I imagine I'd be the victim of a serial killer.

Waking up in a blood stained cell wasn't how my first date with the sexy Detective Roman Blackwood was meant to turn out.

My captor lives to inflict pain. He tells me the girls who came before me are no more, then makes me a promise. I'm next.
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I love twisted, dark and disturbing stories and this novella proved to be right up my alley! The first in a series of serials, 'Dear Captor' takes us into the deranged world of a serial killer and introduces us to Elenore, a victim unlike any he's encountered before her. In just over 100 pages, this serial grabbed my attention and had me dying to get my hands on the next installment.

The story begins with the gruesome death of Elenore's friend and coworker, at the hands of the notorious serial ki
Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰
" I nervously giggle while the insides of my chest feel as though they might explode.”

What the actual fuck did I just read....

WhAT ThE FuCkiTy FuCkInG HeLL DiD i JuSt REad??!!?!

(Fig 1.2 above, represents an accurate depiction of Alex on this fine day)

*read in David Attenborough's voice*

Over the vast regions, and all the worlds most beautiful biomes - Today, we will be venturing into one of the more comfortable habitats of the extremely rare, yet extremely exceptional speci
⊱✿⊰ Alicia ⊱✿⊰
2.5 Not Feeling It Stars

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You know when you see a book that looks good so you go and check out the reviews, all the reviews are positive and high so you think you can't go wrong?

Well this was one of those for me, when I finished it I was left wondering if I'd read the same book as everyone else. I didn't feel the suspense or really get the 'scared' vibe I think I was meant to. I found Elenore annoying and her flashbacks were much more full on than the situation she was in in the present.

There is
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DEAR CAPTOR: is the first in the (letters in Blood) series, by Liz Lovelock. This flits from 'Past to Present' and is spoken in 3rd POV's (Captor, Ramon and Elenore).

In the Prologue: We’re introduced to Elenore who was tired of being repeatedly told by her parents how unwanted she was because that’s all they ever told her, she never even had a name until the lady next door named her Eleanore.

We’re catapulted from one scene to the next, a false sense of security as we’re privy to one girls
Sheharzad ⚘ (hiatus)


*TW: graphic domestic abuse*

I am a smol, angry bean. Nothing about this story is safe from me. To all those who enjoyed it, I'm happy you did! As for me, I wasn't vibing with it.

I'm not sure how to summarize it but here goes:

When Elenore Burrows was young she had a rough childhood. As an adult (I think she's 23?), she's building a life for herself after having left the abusive home she grew up in. She's an assistant to the editor of a teen magazine and life is pre
Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)


descriptionFairly good cover on this one. It does a good job of representing the story found within. It makes great use of graphics. The composition (minus the title) is good as well. The title work isn't the best (IMO). I think the "DEAR" would have looked better overlapping the "CAPTIVE, " and the "CAPTIVE" moved a little bit more to the left.description


descriptionWhat a surprisingly good little f@cked up book this turned out to be. It was dark. It was twisted. It was suspenseful. The writing was excellent. The pace was perfe
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, arc
"Look out, precious princess. I’m coming for you. Your time is up."

Liz Lovelock is a new author to me and her storytelling totally captivated me.

Dear Captor is the first installment of the Letters in Blood series, a book that was really surprising.
Although the blurb set the tone, it took some time before the plot eventually took the turn I was expecting, the anticipation of what was to come building and building, letting us know who Eleanor was and, maybe most importantly, what her story was.
3.5 stars

this book builds up to the good shit only to suddenly end!!!! which is why 3.5 stars
Beneath The Covers Blog
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: alison, arcs, 2017-reads
A dark, suspenseful and mysterious read!

This genre is totally up my alley, so of course when I read the synopsis, I wanted this book! Dear Captor was the first book I have read by this author and I must say I was impressed.

Elenore has had a rough life, but man is she a fighter. I don't want to give anything away, but I will say, this book will cause you to think and leave you wondering and guessing. I love books like that.

I really enjoyed it and am dying for the next book!

*an arc was provided i
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dear Captor (Letters in Blood series, #1)

This book is a short Dark, tormenting and suspensful instalment. It keeps you on your toes trying guess how, who and why ....
It is not for the faint hearted so you have been warned...

We get to know Elenore in this book and we get an insight into her past and present.

In all honesty im going to keep my review short as i refuse to give anything away. You need to read this book to feel the emotions i felt reading without any spoilers.
This book was well writ
Dri ✰
Nov 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
★ 2,5 stars! ★
Paula  Phillips
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Where to begin with Dear Captor by Liz Lovelock. One word AMAZING. Every now and again, I will read a book that stands out from the high amount I read a month, and OMFG this was it for me. Dear Captor is a book that EVERYONE has to read, the only downside for me was when I got to the last page it ended on a major cliffhanger, and now I have to wait for Book #2 to be released. The main character Eleanore has been through so much in her life with an abusive upbringing, only now to be kidnapped jus ...more
Bloggers From Down Under
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
** Provided on behalf of the author for an honest review **
** Review by Gayle from Bloggers From Down Under **

The anticipation has been a real struggle for me waiting for this novel, so when it landed in my Kindle I was ecstatic. 
Now sitting here with Dear Captor all complete I am simply lost for words. 

And writing this review?
It terrifies me.
But I will say this........

I refuse to give anything away about this novel because it needs to be read free from any spoilers. And why?
Because I would like
Aug 11, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebies
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Dear Captor,

You’ve stolen me.
You’ve spilled my blood.
You’ve brought me pain.
But what you’re yet to realize is . . . I’m a fighter.
I’ve been broken before.
I’ve at one point even lost the will to live.
So now you know . . . this information I gift to you.
I’m ready for you, so do your worst.

Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gahhhhhh!!! I hate "cliffys"
Alicia Huxtable
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Book 1...... great insight into Elenore's background, while keeping enough of it secret from the readers, as to keep us intrigued. And intrigued I certainly am. I feel like I definately need more. Liz Lovelock has done an absolutely fantastic job
Kim BookJunkie
“Welcome to the house of pain. Begging and crying are welcome. I can’t promise it will spare your life. Expect pain and lots of it. Expect blood. Look around—those splatters are remnants of the lives of those before you. Good luck.”

DEAR CAPTOR is just the beginning of what will hopefully end up being a really great, dark, story. In this first installment, Liz Lovelock just gets things started with the primary focus on developing the female main character Elenore. Sure, we do get to see some of w
Viridiana Dimas
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great start to this trilogy. Dear Captor is one beautifully dark taste in the Letters in Blood trilogy that will leave you wanting more. Liz did a great job with Eleanor's story and the strength this character shows. I love how it makes you question everything not knowing where the story is going to go.

Eleanor is a big believer in the saying, "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger." But there are things much worse than death. She didn't break before, and she will fight not to break again.
Nikki Reeves
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it

I have to admit I was pulled in right from the moment I read that blurb. I just had a good feeling about this series, and the start has not disappointed.

Poor Elenore suffered a lot in her life. She has literally been to hell and back, but she is a fighter. She doesn’t give up and as long as she is able she will continue to fight. Then one night everything changes. Elenore is no longer living a free life. She escaped one hell to be thrown into another. She is now being held captive by a man wit
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've been waiting to read this one. The blurb had me intrigued. I couldn't wait to see how this played out, and to see if the heroine was as fierce as I thought she would be.

Eleanor was dealt a crap hand of a childhood. Every day she was in her own personal form of h-e-double-hockey-sticks. But she got stronger a little more each day. Her will to survive was strong, so she never gave up. So now as a grown up, she is a force to be recon with. She finally feels like her life is lookin
Natalie Miernicki
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
My first read from Liz but let me tell you it was a doozy and it certainly won't be my last! This dark story had me captivated from the start... Elenore, a girl with a deeply troubled up bringing was fighting against her past to create a much brighter future. With a new promotion and the attention of a young male detective, life was looking up for Elenore... until it wasn't and she was captured! Well written, very clever as the storyline keeps you guessing right until the very end..!! I can't wa ...more
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dear Captor is a psychological suspense, a story that will send chills down you spine and into your bones. The descriptions are put forth so vividly you can see and feel everything that is penned. ! Its heart breaking, scary and makes you wander the minds of a deranged killer and also the hatred that Elanore had to live with as a child.

This novel is dark in theme not quiet as grafic as some, but downright bad enough to give you those chills. Liz Love lock has delivered us a Crime horror, dark
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
When I signed up for an arc of this book I knew I was getting a story broken up into a serial and that each book was of novella/short story length. (This took way less than two hours to read). So I was all prepared to give the author kudos for this honesty but sadly there is no mention of the brevity of the book nor that it ends on a cliffhanger.

I am still rating the book on how much I enjoyed it, as it is a really good start to the story, otherwise I would have knocked a star off. The book is
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
A 4.5 star disturbing read.....

Well what a tortuous, dark and at times truly disturbing book this is …I can not honestly say I enjoyed this story but I was riveted by it...there is sheer desolation in the life of Elenore….her bleak painful childhood which she survives, a challenging work environment in which she thrives…only to find herself in the hands of an anonymous deadly psychopath…this is a truly disquieting read..

There are three perspectives providing the narrative: Elenore relates her si
M L Dyson
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
It has been said that what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Elenore Burrows survived her abusive childhood but she is going to find out just how strong she really is. Liz Lovelock is a new author to me and I am really impressed with her writing. She has the ability to draw you in to the story. Dear Captor is a short dark page turner. This story has so much in it, it alternates between the past and present in Elenore's life. Ms. Lovelock does a great job giving you Elenore's backstory as well ...more
Oh, my! What a dark and disturbing read this was!
I absolutely love dark and twisted tales. This series is going to be the death of me because I cannot wait for the next installment. Elenor is the ultimate brave courageous women we all want to be. The situation that she is thrust into would put any of us down, but she could care less. This kidnapping is a walk in the park for her.
I need to know what happens with Roman, does he find Elenor? Is he involved with her kidnapping? Ugh! S
Richelle Robinson
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have to say I was impressed with this new to me author's book. I've been stepping outside of my comfort zone as of late and wanted to read a book I normally shy away from. This story held my interest and I do have a few theories as the author laid out ground work nicely. I'm curious to see how this series develops and hopefully we can get more backstory on "Captor" as I feel he plays a part in Elenore's past. With never reading anything by this author I do like her style of writing and the way ...more
D.L. Gallie
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book hooked me from the very first page and I cannot wait for book 2 and 3, I have my theories and I cannot wait to see if I'm on the right track
I love each and every character, they are so well written that I don't care which one of them is the Captor...but I'll be devo if it's ???? (I'll leave my guess out so as to jot spoil the story for you
I highly recommend Dear Captor
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cliffhanger, loved-it
This is the first instalment of the Letters in Blood series and what a great start it is. It gives us a great introduction to the story and the characters.

Eleanor has had such a tough start to life and things get tougher when she’s captured. I’m really glad she’s a tough cookie and look forward to reading more about her.

Yikes I need book two now. What an ending. I’ve got a love hate relationship with these kinda endings. I love the wtf feeling but hate waiting to read more. Fortunately the aut
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Liz is from bright sunny Queensland, Australia. She has always been a reader. When she was little she would be up late reading Garfield and Asterix comic books and also Footrot Flats. When she hit high school she read Tomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden and from there, her love of books continued to grow. She always has a book to read beside her bed along with a notebook for when inspirati ...more

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