On this journey he meets Emily, a woman who will change life as he knows it. As James and Emily grow closer together James is forced to make a decision to either continue with his treatment or be with the woman he's come to love. What James must understand is Emily has her own dark secrets and that love does not always conquer all.
Held Hostage is a story about mental illness and the sometimes deathly hold it has on its unwilling captors.
It's a story about life, loss and the friendships in between.
But mostly, it's a story about love.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Held Hostage is one of those amazing books you simply cannot put down once you start reading. If you liked the movie shutter island then you are going to love this book. The magnitude and depth of this novel is compelling and grabbed my attention from the very first few pages. James, the main character in the story will take you on an all out thrill ride with his quest to help the other prisoners escape the mental health facility they are staying. Like with all good endeavors there is always something to hinder further progress. In James case it is his paranoid schizophrenia that gets in his way. There are many twist and turns that move the story along in a sweeping fashion. The writing style was absolutely superb, well edited and frankly just amazingly written that will capture the imagination from the very start. Words that best describe this book are Compelling, Emotional, Suspenseful, Addicting, and Grand. I have to say I was a little sad when the story ended because it left me wanting more. For the past couple of days I have been thinking of how best to write this review. Not because I am a loss for words, but rather because it left me thinking of life well after reading. A soli 5 star review for Bonnie McKeating and I hope to read more of her work soon.
“Held Hostage: A Story of Love and Mental Illness” is an impactful, engrossing novel about James, a patient in a mental health facility, and his growing relationship with a new patient, Emily. When we first meet James, he seems strong and confident, but something’s a little off—it turns out that he’s controlled to a large extent by a voice in his head called Eve, who urges him to set the inhabitants of Mayview free. When James first meets the beautiful Emily, he is captivated by her—and she sees something special in him as well. Their growing relationship plays out against the backdrop of their struggles with their respective mental illnesses, with flashbacks into the past that give insight into their characters. “Held Hostage” is well-written, and one of its best attributes is that it portrays its characters sympathetically without judging them or their actions—their mental illness is a part of them, and they are very human without being stigmatized. When James and Emily do have meltdowns or stumble on their journey to healing, the moments are saddening and suspenseful; as a reader, you want them to find happiness. The other characters, from Dr. Greenfield to Pepper to Emily’s parents, are also distinct creations with their own voices. I would say this is more of a character driven novel than an action driven novel, as the plot arc deals with James’s growth as a person—however, the novel does conclude in a burst of action before coming to a satisfying close. I would recommend “Held Hostage” to readers who enjoy contemporary fiction, especially fiction that uses an engaging plot to sensitively treats mental illness and characters that are usually marginalized.