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by Edeet Ravel

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Seventeen-year-old Chloe’s summer vacation in Greece comes to an abrupt end when she is suddenly bound, gagged and whisked away to an unidentified location. Waking up from a drug-induced sleep, she finds herself in a squalid warehouse. Chloe can only imagine the worst. After several days of total isolation and utter despair, Chloe faces a new threat when her kidnapper appears, but she also feels a sense of relief. His revelation that she is being held as ransom for a prisoner exchange, however, does little to allay her fears.

The weeks pass and, haunted by terrifying dreams and with only her thoughts to keep her company, Chloe fights to remain calm in an impossible situation. At least her kidnapper, although cold and distant, visits frequently, often bringing gifts. Before long, Chloe begins to have feelings for him that take her by surprise. Though still fearing for her safety, she now fantasizes about a life together. And is it her imagination, or does her captor share those feelings? Even when she is finally released, Chloe vows to protect her captor at any cost.

This powerful psychological thriller, written by renowned novelist Edeet Ravel, leaves readers wondering at every suspenseful turn: Is Chloe experiencing Stockholm syndrome? 


“Edeet Ravel once again proves herself an adept manipulator of difficult material . . . This is rich, thought-provoking stuff.”
—Quill & Quire, 03/11

“There is a sense of desperation and emergency that fills every corner of Held, bestselling novelist Edeet Ravel’s novel of suspense and exploration of the Stockholm Syndrome.”
—January Magazine, 03/11

“Clever, compelling, and consistent . . . Held delivers a touching story about a girl in a bad situation.”
—booksbypamelathompson.blogspot.com, 03/21/11

“Dramatic and full of suspense . . . an excellent and timely young adult novel. Highly recommended.”
—CM Reviews, 04/11

“[A] smart, daring romantic drama.”
—Booklist, 06/11

“[A] clever, engaging page-turner.”
—thestar.com, 06/11

“An intriguing psychological thriller.”
—Foreword Reviews, 04/11

“Both riveting and surreal . . . well worth the read.”
—Edwards Magazine Book Club, 07/11/11

“A thoughtful read that is a bit out of the ordinary.”
—Resource Links, 06/11

“This eminently discussable novel continually asks readers to consider whether ends justify means and how power and control affect relationships . . . effectively keeps readers guessing.”
—Kirkus Reviews, 09/11

“A dark and disturbing psychological thriller that will both terrify and intrigue its readers.”
—Canadian Children’s Book News, Summer/11

“This novel was incredibly compelling . . . Its mastery lies in the psychology and the artfully crafted narration.”
—Libraries and Young Adults, 04/12

“It makes for such an addicting read.”
—Some Like It Paranormal, 04/21/12

“Ravel is magical when it comes to writing.”
—Beauty & her Books, 01/04/19

“A psychologically intense thriller.”
—Youth Services Book Review, 03/22/19


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