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The Second Captive

The Second Captive by Maggie James

Stockholm syndrome: the psychological tendency of a hostage to bond with his or her captor.

Beth Sutton is eighteen years old when Dominic Perdue abducts her. Held prisoner in a basement, she’s dependent upon him for food, clothes, her very existence. As the months pass, her hatred towards him changes to compassion. Beth never allows herself to forget, however, that her captor has killed another woman. She has evidence to prove it, not to mention Dominic’s own admission of murder.

Then Beth escapes…

And discovers Dominic Perdue is not a man who lets go easily. Meanwhile, despite being reunited with her family, she spirals into self-destructive behaviour. Release from her prison isn’t enough, it seems. Can Beth also break free from the clutches of Stockholm syndrome?

A study of emotional dependency, The Second Captive examines how love can assume strange guises.

Winner of the 2016 Best Novel category in the Bards and Sages awards!

​​I’m delighted to announce that The Second Captive has been declared ‘best novel’ in the 2016 Bards and Sages eFestival of Words awards.

Thank you so much to everyone who nominated The Second Captive and thus helped it to win. A huge ‘thank you’ also to whoever nominated it – I don’t know who you are, but I am very grateful!

Delving into Stockholm syndrome to gather material for the book was fascinating, and I loved writing this book. The workings of the human mind intrigue me, so to journey with Beth as she dealt with her incarceration and her changing feelings for Dominic proved an amazing challenge. Winning this award makes me very proud and happy.

Available from Amazon in Kindle, audio and paperback formats

Available from Amazon in Kindle, audio and paperback formats.

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