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5.0 out of 5 stars PREPARE FOR THE EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME!! :),
This review is from: The Breakaway (Kindle Edition)***MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!***
"The world, so gray and dark a moment earlier, turned a pale shade of green"
REVIEW- I have been sitting here for the past few days staring at a blank screen and wondering how to put into words how wonderful this book truly is, hence the slightly late review! I have yet to come across the words to describe this book...but lets start with captivating, creative and completely compelling!
THE BREAKAWAY begins with the main character, Naomi, being held captive in a hotel room by two men, one being Jesse, a seemingly caring character and the other being Eric, a truly violent character with just a small hint of humanity. As the story progresses you see how Naomi copes with this life and you learn that this way of living is somewhat better than her life back home, which just goes to show how broken her life used to be. We as readers gain an insight into what is described as 'Stockholm Syndrome', the loving relationship that grows between a victim and his/her kidnapper and through the events that take place we see that it takes this one tragic event to open ones eyes to their past mistakes and to move on from what could have been a dark future ahead.
I, myself after finishing this book was awed. Although not having experienced 'Stockholm Syndrome' myself, I couldn't help but believe what Naomi felt towards her kidnappers to be real. They in many ways helped her to move on from her life of neglect and see that she deserved more, she, herself was more. Perhaps what she felt for them was forced upon her but from what I read, she did truly love Jesse, she began to warm to Eric, she bonded with Evelyn and she became part of a real family.
Overall, this is one read I will not easily forget...I would like to thank Michelle for giving me the opportunity to review her book, to possess one of her few ARC's and to be able to say I have read your work and say with honesty you are one talent no one should miss out on!! I wish you the best of luck and I know that without a doubt THE BREAKAWAY will an outstanding success!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story,
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This review is from: The Breakaway (Kindle Edition)This book has a deep and beautiful story , as it captivated me . I found the book to be emotional, as Naomi feels save in a house full of strangers ,who she becomes to care for, then she ever did in her own home. Her relationship with Jesse made me enticed to the book. Because of the way he cares and loves her, which is why I love this book. Therefore if that is what you want to read this is the book for you.
4.0 out of 5 stars A gripping book,
This review is from: The Breakaway (Kindle Edition)[...]
- I was gripped throughout most of the book.
- The characters were well developed and unique.
- The first 200 or so pages were intense and gripping but the ending was a bit disappointing and not engrossing at all.
- Naomi was a great main character
I have to admit when I first started to read The Breakaway I thought I was going to struggle to get into it. The writing didn't flow straight away but after a few pages everything took its place and started to come together. Within a few chapters I was totally gripped. The whole storyline that Naomi has a rubbish home life along with her being kidnapped really made for a tense storyline which was so unpredictable. I never knew what Naomi or her kidnappers were going to do next and this made everything a lot more intense. I was totally intrigued!
The characters are all well developed, although it takes me a while to get to know some of them I felt they were all unique and added their own little thing to the storyline. There wasn't really that many twists in this book but I didn't feel it really needed them, the storyline was strong enough on its own.
One of the things which took it down from 5 stars to 4 stars is because of the ending. There wasn't anything particularly wrong with it but I found with the last 75 pages or so I just wasn't gripped. This felt strange as for the previous 200 pages or so I had been totally engrossed! I just felt the ending is meant to be the most intense part but it wasn't, I was actually able to put the book down towards the end whereas I wasn't for the first 200 pages. Also sometimes the writing seemed to fall a bit in standard and didn't flow as well.
The Breakaway was a great read, I was gripped throughout most of the book and I loved not knowing what was going to happen next for the majority of the story. Naomi is a character I was able to emotionally connect with and feel sympathy for which was an important part of the book.
5.0 out of 5 stars An Emotionally Charged Read,
This review is from: The Breakaway (Kindle Edition)Having read some of Michelle's previous works, I'm familiar with her literary, sometimes even poetic, writing style. The blurb definitely hooked me, and I was interested in how the author will provide a fresh spin on the classic Stockholm Syndrome, the psychological phenomenon whereby a victim develops an attachment to their kidnapper.
The story opens right after Naomi's abduction, when she wakes up in a motel room with two strange men. Her initial terror and confusion quickly drew me into the story. We are introduced to her kidnappers: the enigmatic, volatile Eric; the younger, gentler Jesse; then later, the kind, beautiful, and almost maternal Evelyn, and her husband Steve (who doesn't feature much in the story).
As the days pass and Naomi falls into a routine as the criminals' captive, her fear recedes to a dull numbness, replaced instead with an urge to escape. I felt her confusion at her captors' unusual kindness, so out of place in a kidnapping situation. She concocts a plan of escape: by seducing the youngest of her kidnappers, Jesse.
However, as days tick into weeks, then months, Naomi grows more and more attracted to Jesse and the other kidnappers, and her need to escape eventually gives way to a desire to start a new life with them. After all, what does she have to return to? Career-obsessed parents who leave her care and upbringing to an army of nannies; a cold mother she feels no connection with at all; a controlling, possessive boyfriend who was physically violent towards her ... and therein lies the story's over-arcing irony: that in more ways than one, Naomi felt more freedom as a prisoner than she did as the sheltered, latchkey daughter of parents who took two days to realise she'd gone missing.
The story is woven together like an intricate tapestry. I felt Naomi's loneliness, her frustrations, her guilt for giving up on her parents, her uncertainty of the future ahead, her confusion for the intense feelings she's developing with Jesse. Is it just another case of Stockholm Syndrome, or is it true love blooming in the most unlikely of situations?
The odd chapter is told from the perspective of Naomi's mother, Karen. In those chapters, we find a mother distraught by the disappearance of her daughter, who masks her distress by throwing herself into her work. Appearing cold and unfeeling on the outside, Karen masks the grief of losing her daughter, guilt at neglecting her, regret at having missed watching her little girl grow up, and helplessness as leads to find her disappear, and the trail goes cold.
The ending could not have been more unexpected, sad--or more satisfying. I was blown away by the intensity of this emotionally charged book, and have been late for work many a time, because I just could not stop reading it. The Breakaway is a spellbinding tale of freedom, love, and hope. Above all, it is a story about family--be it the blood-related kind, or not.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Breakaway by Michelle Davidson Argyle,
This review is from: The Breakaway (Kindle Edition)Naomi's life wasn't bad, but it wasn't good either. Her parents were both high profile business people. Her mother an attorney and her father the CEO of a major company. She had everything she needed but her parents attention and love. Oh they didn't neglect her in cruel ways, but they didn't seem involved in her life either. Then Naomi finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time. She was taking pictures of the fog, when out of nowhere she feels herself knocked out. Now kidnapped and unsure of what's next, Naomi does her best to survive. She ends up at a nice house in Colorado. She also has 4 captors. Three men and one woman holding her hostage for their own selfish reasons. A development Naomi wasn't prepared for happened. Not all at once but gradually. She begins to care about her captors. They show her love, affection and attention her parents didn't. She even falls in love with Jesse, one of the kidnappers. She can't imagine life without him. Will she ever go back home? Does she really want to?
A wonderful YA book! The story takes unexpected events and makes them seem almost normal. The writing is excellent and the characters well developed. This book made me angry in spots. Cry in others and cheer in yet more places. I love that this story didn't take the usual twists and turns a kidnapping story generally has. There was just enough to keep you wondering where it would head next. At points I even began to wonder what the outcome would actually be.
I didn't find any issues with this one.
I gave this one 5 out of 5 books because it is one everyone can enjoy.
5.0 out of 5 stars Spine tingling Young Adult read,
This review is from: The Breakaway (Paperback)I feel desperately sorry for Naomi because she doesn't really live life until she's kidnapped. She suffers both emotional and physical abuse, not realising either was wrong until she encounters the caring side of life. Even though i knew what was happening, I still got tingles at the ever present danger to Naomi in this 10/10 read
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The Breakaway by Michelle Davidson Argyle
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