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Captor by Anita Waller
Are you looking for an unputdownable psychological thriller? If so, you’ll love Captor by number 1 best-selling author Anita Waller.
Liz Chambers is a devoted mother who works for a successful law firm. She has two children, a husband and a blossoming career. But behind closed doors, Liz is harbouring a secret that could destroy her life.
Then the unthinkable happens, and in a frenzied attack, her young son is snatched from the home of the childminder charged with looking after him.
As Liz’s life unfolds, it becomes clear that someone is out for revenge.
Desperate to get her baby boy back, Liz must work out who is responsible for his kidnap, and why.
But as the body count begins to mount, Liz’s concern grows for the safety of her child.
Who has taken her baby?
The thoughts of VeilysReviews:
Captor comes to you from the best selling author of 34Days and the sequel, Strategy.
Anita never fails to give the reader an emotional rollercoaster of a ride, this one is no different. She gives with one hand and takes away with the other, leaving the reader saying noooooo, why?!? Which you will understand entirely upon reading the book.
Liz Chambers returns to work after maternity leave, to Banton & Hardwick, where she works as a successful lawyer. Also helping Tom Banton and Oliver Hardwick, the owners, with some of their overflow. She loves her work and has the best employers.
Everything seems to be going along ok, until the fateful day when a blast from the past shocks her to the core and threatens to destroy her world. Not only her world but destroy the lives of the ones she holds most dear to her. What she cannot predict are the horrific events that follow after she is given that innocuous white envelope.
Coming home from work one afternoon, Liz calls in at the childminders as usual, to collect Jake, her baby. What she isn’t prepared for is the gruesome scene in front of her. Not only that, but Jake has gone. Missing without a trace.
The police have no leads, nothing to go on. But as Liz’s secrets slowly come to the surface, it becomes clear, this is not a random attack. THIS is personal! But who would want to hurt her? Liz. A wife, a respected lawyer & employee, mother of 2 children. Your normal, everyday person. How could this nightmare be happening to her and who hates her enough to make her suffer through this?!?
This is an excellent storyline, executed with the authors usual aplomb and attention to detail. It’s gritty and fast paced, a story that doesn’t really give you time to take a breath. I felt as if I was only allowed a deep exhale at the end.(Along with a silent tear or two)
The characters were well thought out, well written and above all, believeable. There is tension aplenty virtually from the opening page. Especially notable is the dislike Liz shows towards the Detective , DI Brent, who is in charge of the case. As the story progressed we found out more and more about them. Like them or not, they’re all strong personalities which shine through in the writing.
In all of this though, the relationship that got to me the most is the one between Liz & Jake. I have 5 children of my own, and the thought of someone taking any of them at any age, let alone such a young one, is incomprehensible to me. It made my chest tighten, throat ache & my stomach clench. I felt drawn into the situation and was rooting for a good outcome.
So again, what we have here is another jam-packed emotional rollercoaster of a thriller from a truly talented and established author.
Goodreads rating: 4/5
Anita Waller was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1946. She married Dave in 1967 and they have three adult children.
She began writing when she was around 8 years of age, writing ‘compositions’ at junior school that became books with chapters.
In 1995 she sent Beautiful to a publisher and as they reached the contract stage the publisher went into liquidation.
As a result, the book was consigned to the attic in dejected disgust but in 2013 it was dragged out again for an enforced complete re-type. The original was written on an Amstrad 8256 and the only thing that remained was one hard copy.
Anita is not a typist and it was painfully reworked over two years, submitted to Bloodhound Books who, within three days of reading it, offered her a contract. 31 August 2015 saw its release into the wide world.
Following the outstanding success of Beautiful, she began a sequel on 27 December 2015, finishing it on 19 March 2016. The new novel, Angel, was launched on 7 May 2016.
34 Days followed, with its launch in October 2016. This was a huge success, particularly in the United States. While this, her third book in the psychological thriller genre, was flying out in all directions, she began work on her fourth book.
Winterscroft was a change in genre. It is a supernatural tale, set in Castleton, Derbyshire, and its release date was February 2017.
While she was writing Winterscroft, it became very clear from reading reviews that a sequel to 34 days was needed, and she began work on that. Bloodhound Books launched Strategy, on 10 August, 2017.
So where next? Her new book, launching February 2018 and titled Captor, is a psychological thriller.
In her life away from the computer in the corner of her kitchen, she is a Sheffield Wednesday supporter with blue blood in her veins! The club was particularly helpful during the writing of 34 Days, as a couple of matches feature in the novel, along with Ross Wallace. Information was needed and they provided it.
Her genre is murder – necessary murder.
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