The Captives

Ecco: HarperCollins. Jun. 2018. 288p. ISBN 9780062747549. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062747563. THRILLER
When this novel opens, thirtyish psychologist Frank Lundquist is still reeling from having been fired from his private practice job in tony Manhattan and divorced by his wife. Miranda was a young teen when she lost her older sister in a tragic accident. Never fully recuperating from this shock, she continued through life with a "so what" attitude, leading her to make poor decisions and regrettable actions, jolting her transformation from the high-society daughter of a politician to a murderer sentenced to 50 years. Working as a psychologist at a woman's prison, Frank never expects to know personally any of the inmates, but as soon as Miranda walks into his office, he recognizes her as the popular girl he had a crush on in high school. When Miranda doesn't recall him, Frank decides not to unveil their shared past, even though he knows it's unethical, and continues to treat her, then falls for her all over again.
VERDICT Obsession and control are the main themes driving the characters toward the surprising but satisfying conclusion of this compelling debut thriller from Immergut (Private Property: Stories). It's a slow burn but definitely worth the wait.

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