This one is a re-read and I already wrote a whole review about it months ago but it’s one of my favorites. It deserves a second shout out!

So here is my mini review

5 starry Sandy Desert stars.


”What you did to me wasn’t this brilliant thing, like you think it was. You took me away from everything –my parents, my friends, my life. You took me to the sand and the heat, the dirt and isolation. And you expected me to love you. “


It was not my usual “man kidnap girl” read. This story has a haunting quality, thanks to the choice the author did to write the book like letters from the girl to her captor.


”But what else can I do, other than to plead with you like this? Other than to write down my story, our story, to show you what you’ve done… to make you realize that what you did wasn’t fair, wasn’t right.”


Gemma is sixteen and has been kidnapped by a man, Ty, at Bangkok airport while travelling with her parents. She’ll wake up in the middle of nowhere. The sand is everywhere, the heat is scorching and the white light is blinding. Her captor took her in Australia’s Sandy Desert. He wants to keep her “forever”. He is lonely and wanted her company.

Written in such a way you feel the heat of this dead and thirsty land.

The earth sang and told a story. The slow pace allowed me to savor the story, to soak up this land’s wonders.

This story played with my beliefs, with my emotions.

The more I read about Ty’s past, the more I understood his motives.


”I’m going to tell the truth. My truth. I will say that you kidnapped me, of course. You did. I won’t shy away from the evil you can be. But I’ll tell them your other side, too. The side I saw sometimes when you spoke softly to the camel, and when you gently touched the leaves of the saltbush, only picking what you needed. And the times you rescued me.”


It’s been a complicated and beautiful journey.


I can’t recommend this book enough but know it’s not packed with action, just full of beauty.


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