I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts on the new novel by Deborah O’Connor on my blog today, The Captive, as part of the blog tour. With thanks to Tracy Fenton for inviting me to take part in the blog tour.
Hannah knows the cage intimately. Small, the size of a shopping centre parking space. A bed, a basin, a table and chair. A hatch and metal drawer through which to exchange food and other items.
Then there’s him. Always there on the edges of her vision, no matter how hard she tries to block him out.
Every day, the same thoughts run through Hannah’s mind:
What if he speaks to me?
What if he hurts me?
What if he gets out?
I was a huge fan of Deborah O’Connor’s last novel, The Dangerous Kind, but her latest book, The Captive, is even better. If you enjoy high concept novels, then you really need to put this book on your TBR pile.
Imagine a world where prisons no longer exist. Of course, there is still a justice system. If you are found guilty of a crime, instead of carrying out your sentence in prison, you are placed under lock and key in the home of your victim’s family. If you were the victim of a crime, and if this was the new system, would you do the right thing and report it?
I raced through this book. Deborah O’Connor’s writing is very easy to sink into, and I became utterly gripped. The Captive has such a clever concept, and the very idea gave me chills. Hannah is the main protagonist. Her husband, who was a police officer, was killed several months ago. Now, Hannah is living with her husband’s killer. Her husband was a police officer with the metropolitan police. His killer is a prisoner in her home, and she is responsible for him. The justice system is designed to make the perpetrator feel remorse for their crime. By sending them to live with their victim’s family, they can see the pain and the anguish they have inflicted every single day. In this alternate version of reality, there have been attempts to revert back to the old system of using prisons. But those attempts have never been seen through.
I found it fascinating to see how Hannah would react to having her husband’s killer living in her house with her. If this were the case in the real world, the very thought would fill me with horror and dread if I was in a similar position. But as they grew accustomed to living under the same roof together, it was fascinating seeing their new relationship develop.
We get to hear from both Hannah and Jem. I really liked hearing from Jem’s perspective as well. I wanted to see how living with Hannah after murdering her husband, would have an impact on him. I also wanted to know what the reason was behind the murder. Hannah wants to know this as well, and she begins to investigate further. And Hannah is about to discover dark and disturbing details about her husband’s past, which changes everything.
Deborah O’Connor is a really exciting writer. She’s a writer who explores such unique ideas. I absolutely loved The Captive, and I’m looking forward to seeing what she writes next.
Publication date: 7th January 2021
Print length: 416 pages
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