Convicted of murder, destined for life in prison, Miranda is desperate for an escape. She signs up for sessions with the prison psychologist, Frank Lundquist, so that she can access the drugs to end it all. But unknown to her, Frank remembers her from high school, where, forgettable and unseen, he had a crush on Miranda Greene. Now, captivated again, his feelings deepen to obsession. What led the daughter of a former Congressman to commit such a terrible crime? And how can he make her remember him?
As Miranda contemplates a dark future and a darker past, she soon realises that Frank might offer another way to the freedom she longs for. But at what cost?
This is one of those novels where I’m a bit conflicted about my feelings. At one moment I loved it, at another I found myself a little underwhelmed.
I thought the characterisation in this novel was fantastic, especially when getting to know Frank. Since the book revolves around just 2 main characters and follows each of their mindsets closely, we, as readers, get a deep insight into their thoughts, feelings and lives. I personally preferred getting to know Frank as I found his story more interesting to follow.
There is quite a bold claim on the front of this novel, that it’s “Gone Girl meets Orange is the New Black”, but I have to disagree. With that comparison, you would expect this novel to be fast-paced, clever, emotional, and witty. However, it is not all these things, and not necessarily in a bad way, I just don’t think it should be marketed that way.
This novel is very slow to get off the ground, and when it eventually does, it’s not very fast paced, more of a plod. I think the plot for this story takes a backburner to the characters. Where Frank and Miranda are so well developed and have strong, clear narratives, the actual storyline dithers a little bit and doesn’t really go very far. Of course, there is quite a definitive moment in the story but it’s mere pages from the end of the book and then isn’t given enough time to progress.
One thing I have to say is that the title of this novel is so well incorporated into the story! It works because Miranda is a captive, of course, she’s in prison, but Frank is also a captive. A captive of his emotions. I only figured this after I put the book down, but I thought it worth mentioning.
Like I said, I’m conflicted… I loved the characters and Immergut is a pro at making you become her characters, however, the story lacked for me after so much was promised.
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (My final rating is 3.5 stars)
Thank you to Titan Books for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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