The Captives: A Novel
by Immergut Debra Jo
Hardcover- $5.67

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  "" by ebach (see profile) 07/07/20

THE CAPTIVES is written unlike any book I’ve read before, and I‘m happy that I did.

At first I thought it might bore me because it seemed to contain more rambling than
action. But I came to realize what you should know beforehand: although there isn’t much action in this book, what action there is is important and is dependent on the rambling thoughts of both the psychologist and Miranda. Pay attention. The rambling should give you a clue.

Every other chapter is the psychologist at a women's minimum-security prison who failed at private practice, who seems to have failed at much of what he has ever attempted. Perhaps this is why, when one of his patients at the prison turns out to be a woman he had a crush on in high school, he becomes obsessed with saving her.

In every other chapter are remembrances of that woman, Miranda. She seems to have had a normal childhood until her sister was killed in an auto accident. Little by little, we learn of her bad choices from then on and what she did and what she said and what she really intended.

The end may surprise you but probably shouldn't.

 
  "" by [email protected] (see profile) 11/12/20

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