When the gifts started to arrive, they seemed innocent enough. But, the attention from the fan who called himself The Suitor had Ethan on edge, and when someone important in Ethan’s life goes missing, he knows it’s no coincidence. Receiving no help from the local police, Ethan seeks comfort from a very unlikely source. Together, they find themselves in a race against time to catch The Suitor before Ethan becomes his next victim.
Captivated is book 1 in the Out of Darkness series. It talks about stalking, kidnapping, murder, and mental illness. Captivated ends with a happy for now and is a continuing series. This book is an extremely slow burn with a romance that progresses throughout the series.
If you want to feel creeped out, read Brittany Cournoyer's Captivated now! Seriously, this is one riveting story that has to be read in one sitting.
In a stellar writing move, the author calls the stalker "the suitor" instead of giving him a name. This completely ups the creepy factor. To say that "the suitor" is one twisted and messed up person is an understatement.
The writing style in general is amazing, with a non-stop pace, and alluring development. The mystery, obsession, and thriller aspects are phenomenal, keeping one intrigued throughout.
There's no romance yet as it's only a developing friendship in this book. As for that friendship, it is beautifully done, with two men who start as enemies and slowly become each other's only support. The author does a perfect job of letting us get to know these two men slowly, and bringing them together.
One notable thing about this story is that as creepy as it is, the gory details are off page. They are there though, and the author doesn't hesitate to upset the reader at all.
As for the ending, it's a happy for now one that leaves me dreading what's gonna happen next. There's no way this author will go from this type of start to a fairytale second book. Yikes. I'm dreading it as much as I'm looking forward to it.