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Louise Monaghan
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14 Feb 2013

In the middle of one of the worst civil wars in Syria's history, Louise Monaghan crossed a heavily guarded border to save her six-year-old daughter from the father who had callously snatched her from her home in Cyprus. Not knowing what lay ahead, the Irish mother tricked her ex-husband into believing she still loved him and wanted them to live together as a family, purely so that she could see her kidnapped child again.

Once in his homeland, Louise too was held captive, locked inside a run-down house day and night with little food and no hope of being released. Sick from polluted water, severely beaten by her ex-husband and abandoned by the Turkish men paid to rescue her, she took her little girl and made a daring escape.

The journey they made through bomb attacks and sniper fire, and across a heavily patrolled mountain range in the dead of night, was a harrowing ordeal. Yet miraculously they both survived, and Stolen is Louise's breathtaking account of events.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (14 Feb 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1780575912
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780575919
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have discovered an immense love for all things 'simple' now. I dived into the cool water of the Mediterranean yesterday evening and was very much aware that I had a smile on my face that was literally impossible to remove. The sudden and dramatic change of temperature (it's July here in Cyprus) was genuinely welcome with simplistic pleasure. I now savour each one of these common but often taken for granted moments and experiences. Why? I am alive. My daughter is alive. It's that simple. :)

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"Reads like a thriller . . . an extraordinary story" (Irish Sunday Independent)

"An incredible journey to the hell of the Syrian warzone" (Sunday World)

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The heartbreaking yet uplifting story of a mother who risked her own life to rescue her kidnapped daughter from war-torn Syria.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Frustrating Read 31 Oct 2012
By NoreenW
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Whilst desperately sorry for Louise's daughter, I found it hard to feel sympathy for the situation in which Louise found herself. She seemed totally selfish and self-obsessed throughout. Her friends and family were expected to constantly bail her out, at great emotional and financial expense, whilst she simply returned time and again to her abusive husband on the grounds that he was 'exceptionally goodlooking and charasmatic'. Even when she admitted that her daughter was afraid of him as he had also subjected her to physical and mental abuse, she ignored this and went back to him with no apparent concern for her daughter's welfare, until she was kidnapped. Like another reader, I was left flabbergasted when she took her deeply traumatised daughter back to live in Cyprus at the end, knowing that her ex-husband had acquaintances there who had spied on her for him in the past and were likely to snatch her again. It simply defied belief that a loving mother would act in this way.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A frustratingly annoying story 20 Mar 2013
By jenny
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I struggled to finish this book as the blind stupidity of this woman was extremely frustrating.
Time and time again she could of prevented what happened to her, and prevented putting herself and her young daughter in danger.
I just felt for her poor long suffering family at home in Ireland.
Sadly, my lack of sympathy or understanding why anyone would do what she did (apart from the rescue of course) did not help me connect with her character: so I did not enjoy the book at all. Thank goodness for the child things worked out in the end!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Extremely frustrating read. 15 Jan 2013
By pavlin
I'm obviously not he only one to be frustrated by this story. What really annoyed me more than anything, was when I read at the end of the book that she had returned to Cyprus with her Daughter and admitted that she had no knowledge of her ex-husband's whereabouts. What's to stop him trying to abduct the child again??
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Stolen from Syria 11 Jan 2013
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I was not impressed with this book, it began to annoy me how many times this woman made silly mistakes that brought about this situation.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No talent as a writer 24 July 2013
By NickyH
I am a big fan of auto biographies and memoirs and realize that many are written by ordinary people who may lack the writing skills of experienced authors, but this does not usually spoil a good read. That was until I read 'Stolen' which was truly dreadful and I could not wait to get to the end of it. The vocabulary was more suited to a trashy magazine,and I was surprised the words 'beaten' and 'starving' were not in bold print. I only continued to read the book to find out what happened to the unfortunate child, but the author's repetitive phraseology and continued reference to other people's shock and sympathy for her situation really got on my nerves.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars One sided 24 Aug 2013
By abi
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Started this book with an objective mind, clearly I wad being led to believe this woman suffered a horror. Half way through the book it is clear that she is to blame and despite her husband's unforgivable behaviour, I truly believe she played a big part in her daughter's suffering. When a woman marries into another culture, she must respect it and she clearly did not.

Several times she refers to Syria and Muslims in an unfortunate manner and I found this insulting and very ignorant. Perhaps she married a man with little money and he lived in the poorer parts of Syria. Most of Syria is just as beautiful as Lebanon and very western and I am disgusted at her references which are both discriminatory and offensive. Just because the woman in Lebanon told her she was Christian she trusted her!!!!

The only reason I rated it 2 * is because I felt she kept it interesting and only became offensive towards the end, perhaps she should apologise!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars book escape from Syria 1 Jun 2013
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Was a little disappointed in this book, it tended to be very repetative, could have been about three quarters of the number of pages
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars STOLEN - ESCAPE FROM SYRIA 5 April 2013
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Didn't think this book was particularly well written. Can't believe that lady would have gone back to where it all happened bringing her child with her.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars What an infuriating woman! I hope she learns from her (many) mistakes!
Well this is the first abduction book I have read where instead of having sympathy for the mother I just feel angry towards her! Read more
Published 1 month ago by booboolina
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor child
Depressing reading about a child who suffers at the hands of her parents . Abducted by her Syrian father and eventually rescued by her Irish mother who in the end takes her back... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Artisan
2.0 out of 5 stars stolen
It was ok but dragged on in places. Very brave mother and daughter though. Happy that the journey ended well!
Published 2 months ago by jane morley
1.0 out of 5 stars Frustration after frustration
'Not without my daughter' it ain' I had enormous sympathy with the woman in that book. That poor woman was duped very late in her relationship and had no inkling of what was... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Seaburn
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
I have read this for my book club and I will now recommend it to all my friends . A good story , true makes it all the more gripping
Published 3 months ago by Margaret Bushell-Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read.
An excellent subject and very well written. It's topicality will hopefully spur an interest in people to what is happening in the Arab world.
Published 3 months ago by keith
5.0 out of 5 stars What a journey and what courage.
This is a gripping story and one I could not put down. I would have preferred not to have known the outcome prior to the start as it took away some of the tension. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Moonstone
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional
I got this story for my mum. A friend of hers was in the same situation, just like the author of this book, so it was an immediate area of interest to her. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Seanie11
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
A gripping tale of the power of a mother's love.A very easy read couldn't put it down.A very real warning.
Published 5 months ago by C SAMPSON
5.0 out of 5 stars An Intense Read
I found the wrtiting of this harrowing and gripping story to be excellent. I commend firstly the bravery and strength of Louise Monaghan and her daughter Nadia on enduring and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Christine Savva
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