You are mine | Isabel Eriksson
It's been a while since I got really into a book, I've been distracted with work or felt too busy and not made time to read in the past year, so when I realised I was going to be stuck inside for 12 weeks, I had to have something else to do than look at a screen - although I have been doing that too! (What I'm watching | April)
I've had this book on my shelf for over 6 months, and only recently picked it up, and I've not been able to put it down, and as my blogger intuition kicks in, I thought I'd write about it.
The book follows a Swedish girl called Isabel, an escort as she is drugged and kidnapped by a client and finds herself (and her dog) locked in a bunker, a needle in her arm and her kidnapper sitting in front of her.
I don't want to give too much away obviously so I'll only refer to stuff mentioned in the first chapter/cover and blurb.
The story is autobiographical, Isabel actually went through these terrible and terrifying situations, there are news articles and interviews online if you wanted to see them, although, I'm refraining until the book is finished.
It's written in first person and gives us the reader a good image of the world she's living in, a sign of a good book to me is when there's enough information given that I can transport myself to their world and let my imagination run rampant and this book does that! It also helps that there are real life examples of the places she's been or visits, we as the reader can then research these places if we wish to do so, and that's one thing I like about biographical content, it's set in the real world, I can use some of what I know about a place to create that image in my head, and then afterwards I can see what it actually looks like. I don't know if I'm the only person that does that but I like deep diving into things so I'll normally jump on google to find places mentioned in books just to see if my imaginations creation was anywhere near the real place.
I really like that at the beginning of each chapter it references to police interview excerpts, you get a good idea of the mentality of the man who kidnapped her, and a good view of the type of person he was. These come from REAL police interviews which only amps up the intensity of the book itself, and whilst it's pretty clear at some point she gets out (there'd be no book if she didn't) it does make you question what would have happened if she hadn't, or if he hadn't been caught.
The book itself is fairly reminiscent of 3096 days by Natascha Kampush, it's written in a similar style but it is within the same genre - the situations are pretty relatable to each other, although not the same so if you've read Isabel's one, I do recommend Natascha's! There's a film to go with that one too which was quite interesting to watch, but in that classic way, the book was better.
Overall I feel like this book has given me my reading bug back, it's been a long time since I've picked up a book and not been able to put it down again!
Take care, stay safe.
James. aka Anothermaleblogger
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