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Once, We Were Stolen Paperback – January 29, 2013
About the Author
Courtney Symons lives in Ottawa, Ont. where she works as a journalist. Her work has been published in various print and online media including the Ottawa Business Journal, the West Carleton Review, Metro Ottawa and The Landowner. She writes non-fiction all day and comes home to write fiction at night. This is her first novel. Follow her on Twitter @CourtneySymons or @OnceWeWreStolen and on Facebook at Once, We Were Stolen. Visit her website at www.courtneysymons.com (a work in progress) and learn more about her at www.about.me/courtneysymons.
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"Once, We Were Stolen" is one of the best reads I've had in quite a while. It's not the type of book I would normally have chosen, but since I know the author, I wanted to give it a try. I was very impressed and devoured the book faster and faster as I got deeper into it.
The story of Jeremy and his two "houseguests" had me hooked from page one. Symons has a knack for portraying the damaged, yet very human characters in her story. Jeremy particularly is a compelling and fascinating character, and throughout the book, I wanted to know more about him.
Since I finished reading it, the book has haunted me. It's almost like the characters are real people and I keep thinking about them in that way. I keep questioning their motives and their reactions during and after the main events of the novel. I find myself mulling over the opportunities Violet had versus her choices.
There are a few stunning moments in the book where I found myself exclaiming out loud. Always a sign of good storytelling. Another good sign: the number of days I was late back to work after lunch because I was too wrapped up in my reading to stop!
A special note to the author, Courtney Symons: Switching to first-person narrative when it came Ben’s time to tell the tale was genius.
More than just the story of two missing siblings and the man who abducts them - it is a story of love and hate, and finding beauty in the most unlikely of places.
I found the characters to be very real - and the plot quite suspenseful. Courtney Symons' writing style keeps the story moving nicely.
Now, I'm off to read it again....
This was a great read, I recommend to all.