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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Annick Press (January 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781554512836
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554512836
  • ASIN: 1554512832
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,821,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


Held is both riveting and surreal... Well worth the read. (Kris McNaughton edwardsmagazinebookclub.com 2011-07-12)

This well-written book will be interesting for students who are looking for a thoughtful read that is a bit out of the ordinary. (Sarah Nelson Resource Links 2011-06-00)

Ravel casts doubt on all her characters in this clever, engaging page-turner. (Deirdre Baker thestar.com 2011-06-21)

Ravel's characters are honest and life-like depictions. She allows readers to get inside Chloe's head and feel what she's feeling. The power play between Chloe and her captor and the resulting suspense keep readers engrossed throughout the novel... Held is dramatic and full of suspense without falling into the genre of horror or becoming too theatrical and emotive. Readers learn on the first page that Chloe has survived her experience and must re-integrate herself into her old life. This is part of the suspense as well because one cannot help but wonder what kind of person Chloe has become after such a harrowing experience. Ravel also never reveals the true relationship between Chloe and her captor.... Held is an excellent and timely young adult novel. The news seems to regularly mention hostage takings, and Edeet Ravel has given readers just a glimpse of what that situation might be like. Highly Recommended. (Ann Ketcheson CM 2011-04-29)

Award-winning Canadian-Israeli novelist Edeet Ravel dishes up an intriguing psychological thriller in this young adult novel about an American teen who is kidnapped during a summer stay in Greece. (Elizabeth Brea ForeWord Reviews 2011-04-29)

There is a sense of desperation and emergency that fills every corner of Held, bestselling novelist Edeet Ravel's novel of suspense and exploration of the Stockholm Syndrome. (January Magazine 2011-03-03)

Edeet Ravel once again proves herself an adept manipulator of difficult material....This is rich, thought-provoking stuff. (Quill and Quire 2011-03-01)

This eminently discussible novel continually asks readers to consider whether ends justify means and how power and control affect relationships. Less thriller than psychological puzzler, this novel effectively keeps readers guessing. (Kirkus Reviews 2011-09-14)

About the Author

Edeet Ravel's best-selling novels for adults include Ten Thousand Lovers and Your Sad Eyes and Unforgettable Mouth. Her novels for younger readers include the critically acclaimed Pauline series and The Saver. She lives in Guelph, Ontario. Visit her website at www.edeet.com.

Customer Reviews

I was captivated from the first page and the book continually drew me in.
Rather Be Reading
Held was a fast read for me, but it was emotionally complex and interesting enough to keep my attention.
D. Joyce
There were too many details left open-ended for me to really like the book.
Crystal S.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rkdsil on February 4, 2011
Format: Paperback
Held is a riveting and gripping novel, full of tension and sensuality. This is yet another sensational book by Edeet Ravel, capturing the mind of a 17-year-old girl possibly affected with Stockholm Syndrome when kidnapped by a mysteriously alluring man. This novel is powerful and compelling, and it holds the reader's attention from start to finish. I highly recommend Held to anyone and everyone.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Atalya Nir on January 24, 2013
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*** SPOLIERS ****

I finished this book 5 hours after I started it - I could not put it down. it is wonderfully written. However, I felt somewhat uneased regarding the ending.

Chloe is a 17 YO girl kidnapped during a summer vacation in Greece, and held as prisoner by an unknown organization, and specfically, an engimatic hostage taker who we learn quite little about other than the fact that he is young, unarmed, bright, doesn't smile and is short in words. throughout her ordeal, Chloe suffers the expected emmotional termoils one can expect from a person in her situation, starting from panic, going through confusion, over-thinking and ultimately (and rather quickly) falling quite madly in love with her hostage taker. the said hostage taker described as a decent, caring person, a little too good to be true in his treatment of her, which brings me to the ending -

eventually, we are left with the question of what really happened, with the following options:

1. everything Chloe told us is true, and reflects what really happened. In such case, the hostage-taker's character, although loveable, is not that believeable and the ending is rather grim because we don't know what eventually happened to her hostage-taker, but we do know no one believes her story and she is very distressed to the point where she needs medical attention

2. what chloe told is really what she experience - but her hostage taker didn't genuinly care about her and was only kind to her in order to either get her cooperation or satisfy his own sadistic needs for domination (as emplyed by the phsyc report at the end) - in such case we are left feelign very betrayed for her

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By Kayla on March 26, 2013
Format: Paperback
I really loved this book! Not only was it impossible to put down, it also really made me appreciate everything that I have today and every day. Maybe people shouldn't take the things they have for granted. Not that everyone will be kidnaped and held like Chloe, but it poses a multitude of `what if' questions. Chloe's time in captivity presents a mystery that haunts a majority of the pages. Is what she feels for her hostage-taker real, or not? Is she just a victim of the Stockholm Syndrome? Are they just trying to brainwash her? Or does she actually see something in him worth appreciating?

And, most importantly-can you trust anything that she says? She makes herself into an unreliable narrator, making it so that the entire thing could actually be a well fabricated lie. A fantasy world. And if that doesn't mess with your mind . . .

Chloe is an awesome character, and not only because she's the only one the book fixates around for a while. You see everything purely from her perspective as she reflects back on her time in captivity. As soon as I started the book and realized that right on the first pages we are told she is saved, I figured that was a horrible move by the author. I was so glad I was proved wrong. Every page was addicting, because it was more a representation of psychological struggles and survival than one of how she actually physically got away.

This is one YA novel that will stick with me for a long, long time. I hope to read more by this author soon. Held was brilliantly crafted, and anyone who thinks a book with so few characters and settings will be boring can prove themselves wrong by giving this a read. You won't regret it. At all.
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By SShreve on January 6, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I found this book to be highly captivating... I read the entire thing through the night as I couldn't seem to put it down. It is an easy read but also a very interesting read as it delves into the psyche of a kidnapped girl. I found it amazing and terrifying at the same time to experience the character's varying emotions and thoughts. I enjoyed the romantic aspect but I did find some parts far-fetched and/or rush which led to the 4 star rating. But I recommend it... I can't imagine regretting it!
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By Beesha on October 10, 2012
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This book is perfect for fans of Stolen by Lucy Christopher. I loved that book and I'm always looking for similar reads involving kidnapping and Stockholm Syndrome. I knew I had to give this a try and it was exactly what I was looking for! Seventeen year old Chloe is vacationing in Greece when she is grabbed and taken to a warehouse. She believes the worse, murder, sex slavery, or torture and is surprised when her hostage-taker continues to tell her no harm will come to her. He takes her to a warehouse of decent size and she is given plenty of delicious food, and is even asked to make a list of things she would like to help make her stay comfortable. Chloe's hostage taker continues to visit her daily, bringing her food and she grows comfortable until another man breaks in dunking her and making her sick.

Her hostage-taker, this is what she calls him throughout the book we never learn his name, cares for her while she is sick. He gets her medicine, cleans her, rubs her hands, and takes really good care of her. Chloe begins to develop feelings for him. He is also young, smart, polite, and very good looking. He also explains in depth to Chloe that he is doing this for a prisoner exchange. He was once wrongfully in prison and the guy he is now trying to help saved his life. The hostage-taker knows what he is doing is wrong but felt he had no other choice. They have many discussions involving right and wrong and you begin to see how easy those lines can blur. Chloe begins to want to protect him because she understands him. He even tries to tell Chloe that what she is feeling isn't real and when she is released she will change her mind, but he can't help but feel something for her as well.
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