booknook — Young Adult book reviewsHoly cow. Captive in the Dark is insanely real, and dark, and terrifying. It's like Taken - Liam Neeson + Stockholm Syndrome.It was pure chance that I even found this book. I happened to see it in my Goodreads feed, thought the cover was cool, and clicked on it to learn more. I'm so glad I did!The scary thing about this book is that it gets you into the mind of a stockholm syndrome victim. When you read this book, and as Olivia starts to feel attraction towards Caleb, you will NOT be sitting there thinking, "She is being SO RETARDED! Why is she attracted to a completely disgusting, kidnapping monster??" Instead, you can really sympathize with her. You understand as she transitions from being terrified and disgusted, to seeking comfort in her captor. Caleb uses a brilliant mix of abuse and "gentleness" to break Olivia down to the point where she'll come crawling to him and obeying him in exchange for a shred of kindness. He beats her and then massages soothing cream into her body. He touches her, but makes sure she enjoys it by pleasuring her. He's full of contradictions. It's both terrifying and fascinating to see this at work.And then there's Caleb. Wow, Caleb is such a complex and interesting character. Are we supposed to hate him? Understand him? Sympathize with him? The interesting thing about Caleb is that he never wanted or aspired to be a sex slave trainer. He's in this for revenge. But the constant routine — year after year of training/abusing these women — has gotten to him; it's changed him. Now he is a monster — a man who's turned on by submissiveness. Part of him enjoys what he does, and part of him wants to escape from it. What kind of person does this make him?This book is wrong in so many ways, but that's what made it such an intense and INCREDIBLE read. Captive in the Dark is raw, it's disturbing, it's heartbreaking, it's disgusting.. and yet.. it's intense, bizarrely hopeful, and awesomely morbid @_@ I almost can't believe that this book was only 253 pages. Captive in the Dark is packed to the rim with emotion, brutality, and other adjectives that I don't even have words for. How C.J. Roberts managed to pack all that into a mere 253 pages is beyond me. What would a person do to survive? What does it take to break them? At what point does someone put aside their pride and succumb? These are some of the questions that Captive in the Dark tries to answer.I feel like this is one of those books that you can't even describe. You have to read it for yourself so you can properly feel this book, and understand it, and live it. I feel like I'm writing out words with this review, but I'm not actually saying anything. But that's how blown my mind is right now. I'm at a loss for words. I feel like I have stockholm syndrome with this book. I feel like I shouldn't love a book so wrong and abusive, but I do.. because it's complex, it's dark, it's crazy, and it will blow your fucking mind to shreds. What you thought was real, and what you thought makes sense, suddenly won't make sense anymore. Somehow C.J. Roberts managed to get me hooked on a book so disturbing and wrong and I applaud her for it!