Book Summary:

Frank Lundquist lost his Manhatten private practice due to a tragic error of judgment, and ended up working as a women’s prison psychologist.

Then into his office walks his high school crush, Miranda Greene. He instantly recognizes her, though she does not recognize him.

Frank knows it is his ethical duty to reassign Miranda to someone else, but he can’t bring himself to do it. There isn’t much in his days to look forward to anymore. But he finds Miranda to be as beguiling as ever, so he can’t bring himself to give this “gift” up.

Miranda will likely never walk out of prison, but she seems determined to retain some amount of control over her fate. 

Frank begins to think maybe he should help her break out, and hopefully live a life in a faraway country with him.

Dare he try such a dangerous endeavor, when he is still reeling from a disastrous scandal in his former job?

“The Captives” is a story about obsession, corruption and redemption.

My Review:

I found this book compelling and I couldn’t wait to find out how far Frank would take his obsession, and whether Miranda would find a way out of prison.

If you like psychological suspense novels, you may want to read this one. It explores the fault lines that live in us all.

About The Author:

author debra jo immergut

Debra Jo Immergut is the author of The Captives, a novel from Ecco/HarperCollins (2018) and Private Property, a short-story collection from Random House (1992).

She is a MacDowell and Michener fellow and has an MFA from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop.

A magazine editor and journalist, she has also taught writing in libraries, military bases, and prisons. Her literary work has been published in American Short Fiction, Narrative, and the Russian-language journal Foreign Literature.

Her journalism has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, New York magazine, and other places. She lives in western Massachusetts.

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  1. Sounds pretty suspenseful! And a little quirky. Frank sounds like a kind of crazy guy. I might have to read this one!

  2. Hi Brenda,
    I always enjoy your book recommendations. You’ve turned me on to at least a couple of authors whose works I’ve enjoyed. I find myself toggling between your reviews and the on-line request page for my local library. The books you review are always popular and wait-listed. Like you, reading is a marvelous escape for me and I love those books that make me say, “I can’t wait to find out what happens next!”
    Hugs to you and Charlie.

  3. This one I will add to my Hold list at the library. Sounds like a good summer read. Thanks for the review.

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