I spent all of yesterday devouring The Second Captive by Maggie James. This book was a quick, exciting read. The story is told from three points of view, and I enjoyed the way the book was laid out. Part one is told from the perspectives of captor and captive. Beth is kidnapped and kept in a basement. Eventually, she begins to understand her captor and even possibly love him. She is still wise enough to escape when the chance is presented. No spoilers here, the book begins with her coming home then jumps back to the beginning.
The second part of the book is told from the perspectives of Beth and her mother. Beth is home, but she has changed. She won't tell anyone what happened, but her mother is persistent and slowly pieces together her daughter's harrowing story.
The Second Captive is an engaging and thrilling read. I could not put it down! I will definitely be checking out more books by Maggie James.
The Second Captive
My reading time has gone down as I enjoy the holiday season. Life is busy. I've started and stopped three different books. I've been busy rewriting a script and starting a new show. I've been editing an audiobook. I've been doing all the holiday things with my family. Time is limited, and reading has unfortunately fallen by the wayside.
I plan on finishing all three books in January (if not before), and this brought me to a new goal for 2019. I'm setting a reading challenge. I want to read so many more books than I did this year.
My goal for 2019 is 42 books.
I think this is a reasonable goal. I would like to read a book/week, but I have to be realistic. I will have weeks where I do not read. I will have books that take longer than a week. This seems like a manageable goal, and if I go over it, awesome.
I am also planning on reading genres that I do not read all the time, and I want to read indie authors. I'm open to suggestions - comment below!
Today's read was suggested by my favorite 12 year old. I love YA books, and R.L. Stine has always been a favorite. Fear Street is a place I remember well from my childhood, and I am happy to find that it continues to be a creepy and captivating place. I'm about halfway through and enjoying every page while reveling in my own Fear Street memories.
What were your favorite authors and/or genres when you were a teen? How do they compare with what you read today?
I've always been someone who would read anything, and that has definitely not changed. I read more non-fiction than I did as a kid, but I still love creepy books the best!
Starburst (Book 1: Women of the Grey) by Carol James Marshall is a beautifully written book.
Lisa is one of many. They are all the same and none different. Lisa has been given a mission, but even she is unclear of what she is supposed to do. One by one, we meet her marks. Seemingly unconnected people living in a desperately sad and disconnected world. Lisa slowly befriends each of them. She has a date for the end point and must draw them each to her by that time.
The characters are intriguing and well-written. Marshall doles out bits of their backstories in tantalizing peeks into their hidden thoughts. Each is burdened and weary. But how do they fit into the plan? As the end point rapidly approaches, the lives of Lisa's marks spin out of control. I couldn't stop reading until the very end. This book is full of fascinating characters, and it is packed with action until the very last page. Starburst is the first book in the Women of the Grey series, and I cannot wait to read book 2!
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