Snatched by Gillian Jackson
ebook, 210 pages
Published September 28th 2019 by Sapere Books
About the Book:
Eleven-year-old Danny Stone is brutally snatched from the street on his way home from school. He finds himself imprisoned in a semi-derelict building, alone, cold, hungry and terrified of what might happen to him. But in an unexpected turn of events he meets someone who will impact on the rest of his life. An unlikely friendship develops in the most difficult of situations, and a powerful, far reaching, bond is forged. Danny’s parents, Martha and Richard, are thrust into an unimaginable nightmare. With their only child missing and a ransom demanded, will they be able to meet the kidnappers’ terms, or will their son be lost to them forever? And in this most distressing of situations, can their marriage survive the inevitable pressure they are under, or will secrets surface to test the strength of their union and their feelings for each other?
This book was quite different. It had all what the blurb promised and beyond that too. My second book by Gillian Jackson and I am happy to say that enjoyed this so much more than the first. I went in thinking it was a thriller, and it was, but it was also so much more.
Jackson's writing had the power to pull me in thoroughly at some places, there was innocence and honesty within the relationship between Danny and Lewis. The emotions shown by Danny's father were controlled as his mother went off the deep end. Overall, the lives of the characters were weaved well and enmeshed into the bonds of the story. This book was not only about a lost son but also about relationships, old ones and the new. It was about human nature with its strengths and flaws.
Ms Jackson's portrait of Danny and the way he deals with the kidnapping is a fascinating adventure into the mindset of an eleven year old that is trying to break free of his keepers. The characterization of Danny and Lewis becoming friends is an adventure into the thoughts and feelings of someone that is actually quite a bit off normal. This does nothing to detract from the novel, but is the factor that makes it a mesmerizing read.
Thank you NetGalley, Gillian Jackson and Sapere Books for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.
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