My review of The Second Captive by Maggie James

Today I am delighted to be on the blog tour for The Second Captive by Maggie James.


Stockholm syndrome: the psychological tendency of a hostage to bond with his or her captor.

Beth Sutton is eighteen years old when Dominic Perdue abducts her. Held prisoner in a basement, she’s dependent upon him for food, clothes, her very existence. As the months pass, her hatred for him changes to compassion. Beth never allows herself to forget, however, that her captor has killed another woman. She has evidence to prove it, not to mention Dominic’s own admission of murder.

Then Beth escapes…

And discovers Dominic Perdue is not a man who lets go easily. Meanwhile, despite being reunited with her family, she spirals into self-destructive behaviour. Release from her prison isn’t enough, it seems. Can Beth also break free from the clutches of Stockholm syndrome?

This is a really solid book that looks at the subject of emotional dependency through Stockholm Syndrome – a subject matter that has always fascinated me.  The book is written at an excellent pace, it slowly creeps forward leaving you knowing what will happen in the first part, just not when.  The pace for me was just ideal for the subject matter, it left me wondering how Beth would fair by the end of the book, how her family would get over the loss and her return and how her life could ever move forward.  I really enjoy Maggie’s books and I thought it was definitely a good read and needs a high 4 stars from me!!


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