Good day, everybody
hhhhh it’s been really a while I kept my distance from blogging.. kinda sad tho, but I was so freaking having no time for myself.. but anyway.. the latest project I have been working on my blog was -A Silent Christmas- yieee!!!!! and before I post another chapter I’ll write a quick review about book I’ve read, and surprisingly this book was disturbingly enjoyable..😳😳 since I dunno how to choose a proper word to show you the big picture of this-reviewing-yet book
Well, without further ado, let’s see how it goes
CAPTIVE IN THE DARK
By CJ Roberts
Like I mentioned earlier, this book was kind of disturbingly enjoyable, likewise on the market there’s a thousand variety of this book selling worldwide but things that made me so nailed with this one was the Stockholm’s syndrome theme and “the things make you human” I found this book at goodreads.com when I tried to dig in some books that could give me information about Stockholm’s syndrome, mind controller, freedom as a human being, well, kind of things.
So, I was captured by the cover… don’t get me wrong, some people will be determined what kind of books they intend to read based on the covers, doesn’t it? unlike them, even I saw the cover at first I’ll read the synopsis behind then go into the chapter one, if the book is ‘good enough’ (IMO) so, I’ll get it. Each individual has their own expectations and standard of their chosen books, some people like fantasy story and some people not, some people like soap opera romance and some people not.. wait, doesn’t it make it looks like a fetish?? 😱😱 lol
Captive in the dark (the dark duet) is the first book of this series written by CJ Roberts with the same main title, published in 2012. You can find the copy in amazon or goodreads.com
The story was talking about a sex slavery training… A WHAAATT???? 😱😳 YES! your eyes aren’t deceiving you, this book was indeed talking about sex slavery training, with a few points of BDSM, the ripped of human freedom, inhuman-human being, self-contradictory, the denial, and the most interesting part was The Stockholm’s syndrome, I highly DO NOT recommend this book to the young adults readers, at least 24+ if you brave enough to read almost one-third from all chapters were telling about slavery training.
It’s disturbing but also enjoyable, I mean it needs more than an open minded and bravery to read this book, unlike the other bdsm-theme-based books that still having a plot where the main protagonist still owning their freedom (except when they had intercourse with their “partner” and turned from hook up to the love romantic story) this book was kind of telling about ripping your (protagonist) human freedom until you feel no world outside could be safer than being together with your abductor, captor, or your “master” helpless and brainwashed. You need the right perspective and steady state of mind.. if you don’t, there will become a false information and make you puke or I dont know either.
The story started from a broken-home high scholar girl, her life living with a whore-boyfriends-issue mom and different-fathers-siblings couldn’t be that worse everyday, she was forbidden by her mom to look like the girls at her age (short-short, printed T-shirt, tank top, colored nails, make up) she had to stay unattractive, plain, and not a whore looks (like her mom), thus made her secretly bring out some fancy and girly outfit on her backpack and changed them when she reached the school, vice versa.
Her life was about to change when he met her ‘future master’-Caleb, raised and living in poor and dangerous neighborhood made her to be a sweet prey for the human seller, then one day Caleb whom once she thought was her hero for saving herself from a predator, kidnapped her and brought her miles away from home, she found herself at the unfamiliar room, blindfolded, nearly naked, chained on the bed. and there’s someone would be teaching her like a pet how to obey orders from the master, before she would be sold to the Russian billionaire for being his sex slave.
Almost one-thrid from all chapters of this book were telling about the sex slavery training. but wait… in each chapter we will learn about the individuals on this book, the past of hot-mess-devil abductor Caleb’s life, how he ended up being a abductor and slave trainer, why he had no feeling, why he was the way he was, and why he felt something new and different about this girl? he had been training numbers of girls to be a slave, somehow this new pet was quite distinct, he denied his own true feeling, his dullnes had been rapidly ripped layer by layer, but he still be the way he was, not also that.. the previous live of that girl, her mom, her father, step fathers, how she was treated in home, her siblings, and girlfriend would be revealed on each chapter.
It was before thing called blurry affection came after. The girl (Livvie), later he stated as kitten felt unusual feeling towards Caleb, later discovered as a Stockholm’s syndrome where the victims grow some affection towards their captors due to condition when they engage the “face to face contact” including abused, raped, disciplined, and “had meals” together.
Then, she almost lost herself in the safe-arm of Caleb’s, after countless of raping, disciplines and bipolar/unsteady condition of Caleb’s state of mind towards her (I convinced this because of the human side of Caleb was trying to retake its place) she started feeling affection and on the following story where she run away from Caleb (after they having a consent intercourse) with all she was, trying to find a Safe haven in a drug-dealers country, her journey began from one person to another and honestly neither of them could be trusted to bring back Livvie back home but somehow she managed herself well enough until she could contacted her friend (Nicole) telling what happened to her,
In short, the police and agents tried to look for missing Livvie, with a bloody and dramatic war, the agent could save livvie. But remember the Stockholm’s syndrome she got towards Caleb? it caused her wanting to protect Caleb, it happened when the agent conjured a questions related to her kidnapping and slavery things and whom was the conductor? she barely opened her mouth to utter Caleb’s name.
For me, I am quite having a comprehension of both point of view, I mean the longer Caleb learnt about Livvie the more bigger connection he got and so did for Livvie, that’s how human beings interacts, right? that’s the reason why every captor and abductor aren’t allowed to inform either of things related to themselves. But Livvie had broken that border and rapidly brought Caleb’s human side back (perhaps in the second book or not at all) and the effect of Stockholm’s syndrome to protect the wrong people are considered as a state of brainwashed, the victims doubt of the world beyond their abused life with the abductor.
The details of how the training goes was beyond word, we could see how it goes, how it feels and how the both party think when the training session is on the line, disturbing but enjoyable, numbers of private activities are showing openly and a lots of names called, it’s a fiction work and even tough this really happens in somewhere part of our world please be aware, Stockholm’s syndrome isn’t merely condition developed in victims of kidnappings or hostages instances. it also applied to a wider variety situations, like victims of domestic or child abuse, human trafficking, prisoner of war, and once again, THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR A YOUNG ADULT READERS, too much situations where more than open minded needed but I was so happy I read this book..
🍀 Have one of you read this book? what’s your impression after reading? this review is based on my impression hehehe, do not forget to press 🌟 and thank you so much for reading… see you in the next chapter of my novel -A Silent Christmas-