Held - Kimberly A. Bettes According to PSYCHOLOGY TODAY, Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy and Hannibal Lecter were all “charming” psychopaths – go ahead and mark that down as another reason NOT to leave a public place to get better acquainted with a handsome and charismatic “man of your dreams” – it might just turn into your biggest nightmare!

Nicole Lee, a happily married, young mother is snatched from the life she once knew in a parking lot in broad daylight. Her captor, Ron is a struggling writer and somewhat charming… in the beginning. I was surprised by the amount of humor laced in with the horror – it definitely made for an interesting read that left me feeling somewhat conflicted… in the beginning.

Ron is totally mental and believes that his next novel will only be successful if he experiments and executes the horrific acts he plans to write about (Kimberly A. Bettes – do you have something you need to tell us?). Luckily for Nicole, he has put her on a “pedestal,” treating her very well, in comparison to the pain and torture he inflicts on the numerous other women he holds captive. Thankful that she is not on the receiving end of the physical torment suffered by the other women, Nicole quickly learns that the downside is the mental anguish she is forced to endure as she witnesses all of the stomach churning, heinous acts he administers on a daily basis.

Believing she is relatively “safe” and that Ron will not exact the physical punishments on her, one day, she pushes the boundaries too far and comes to realize, a little too late, that no one is safe from the demon that is Ron.

HELD is intense and definitely NOT for the faint of heart. If you follow my reviews, PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT AT ALL ROMANTIC IN NATURE! It is emotional, raw, scary and sometimes nauseating. If you are prepared for that, then you will likely enjoy this horrific read – that’s a bit of an oxymoron, isn’t it? You should also note that in addition to themes of captivity and extreme torture, there is also rape, necrophilia and murder. Call me crazy, but it was a great read and I can’t wait for the next book – I am a tad bit stressed out just thinking about it, but excited, nonetheless!

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