Release Date: October 30, 2012
Source: Library Borrow
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Rating: 3 bookmarks
Synopsis: Shay Morgan has stayed hidden for a long time. Living a reclusive life in Earth’s End, Alaska, she’s as far away as she can get from the trauma of her childhood and the man who hurt her long ago. But terror takes over Shay’s life yet again when an unknown stalker steals away the fragile peace she’s built for herself—targeting not only her but the one man who’s ever managed to get past the walls she’s built around herself.
Elliot Winter has lived through being falsely accused before—it ruined his military career. Now it’s happening all over again. And this time, his accuser is a twisted impostor who’s targeting his ex-girlfriend, Shay. Despite a fierce mutual attraction, Shay and Elliot broke up because Shay couldn’t let her guard down, couldn’t let Elliot in. But now they both need to trust each other to confront a psycho who seems to know all their secrets.
The culprit was pretty clear earlier on, from there it was just figuring out the motive and why she was set on ruining Shays life. Why is she trying to take over? That is the question. I actually figured out what was going on about 60% of the way through the book. If you have that knack for figuring things out like I do, it'll become pretty clear quickly. After I figured out what was going on, I spent most of this book thinking wow that's one crazy b*tch! Yes, the trouble maker in the book is a more than a little cray cray. Her past contributed to her delusions and the fact that she has no hold on reality. Just sad. She went to extremes to get herself placed in the position which allowed her to take over Shay's world. One thing is for sure, if I ever write a book I'll be sure that everyone in that publishing company and my agent meet me! Know way would I'd stay hidden like Shay did. I don't care if those meetings cause me panic attacks, people would know who I am.
On another note, I was surprised how a romance could take place among all the horrible things being revealed and all the trauma that Shay is experiencing as she begins to remember her past. Somehow the author manages to isolate those romantic scenes and they don't seem so completely out of place after all.
My biggest complaint regarding this book was the authors writing style. I'd say it took me about 100 pages to get used to it. The POV shifts back and forth so quickly that at times I found myself rereading two to three lines to catch that it switched from Ally's thoughts to Elliot's, then back again This story was written in 3rd person, but it was at times still hard to follow. It needed to be more clearly broken up, maybe switching POVs by chapter instead of entwining them within the same paragraph.That continued all the way until the very end of the book, which made it somewhat exhausting for me.
The story line was interesting and fast paced, which makes for an entertaining read. But beyond that, I can't get past the writing style. I'm pretty sure I'm not going to read this author again.
Have you read Stolen? If so, what's your take on it?