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Review: Notes from My Captivity by Kathy Parks

Summary from Goodreads:

Adrienne Cahill cares about three things: getting into a great college; becoming a revered journalist like her idol, Sydney Declay; and making her late father proud of her.

So when Adrienne is offered the chance to write an article that will get her into her dream school and debunk her foolish stepfather’s belief that a legendary family of hermits is living in the Siberian wilderness, there’s no question that she’s going to fly across the world.

But the Russian terrain is even less forgiving than Adrienne. And when disaster strikes, none of their extensive preparations seem to matter. Now Adrienne’s being held captive by the family she was convinced didn’t exist, and her best hope for escape is to act like she cares about them, even if it means wooing the youngest son.


What I Liked:

Writing Style/Suspense. This is my first novel by Kathy Parks. I will be reading more by her in the future because I enjoyed her writing style. It was suspenseful and lyrical. The suspenseful moments kept me reading until the end.

Characters. The novel is from the point of view of Adrienne who is going on an expedition with her stepfather to Siberia. I liked the fact that it only followed Adrienne because it intensified the suspense

What I Disliked:

Plot/Magical Elements. I found the last half of the novel confusing and hard to follow. It went from a thriller/suspenseful fiction into the fantastical.

Ending. I was a bit let down by the ending. I felt like something was missing from it.


3.5 Stars Out of 5 Stars.


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