Trust Me, by Rebecca Graf.
They watched the show in silence. At the first commercial, he reached for the popcorn bowl and set it between them with a slight smile. Ranalla tried to smile back. Everything was so odd. Here she was sharing a bowl of popcorn with her abductor. Yep, she needed psychological help.
Trust Me is a novella (about 134 pages long, on Kindle) that is an easy read. Although some of the situations are a little unbelievable, the novella will hold your attention throughout as you try to figure out the reasons for the kidnapping that occurs during it.
Ranalla thinks she is finally starting to make it on her own out from under the thumb of her wealthy and controlling father. That is until she finds herself snatched from her bed in the middle of the night. Her kidnapper swears he saved her life. She is not so sure. It doesn't help that he doesn't act like how a kidnapper should, and she is falling for him fast. They find themselves running for their lives, and Ranalla can't decide if she can trust this man or not. Does she have a choice?
Ranalla's father, from whom she is estranged, is an evil man, and also quite wealthy; Ranalla thinks this is maybe why she has been kidnapped, but she's not entirely sure. Her kidnapper, Vince, is quite accommodating, although he doesn't let her leave the house, and also handsome - once she sees that he's being nice to her, she starts liking him more and more (kind of like Stockholm Syndrome).
I didn't know this was a novella (a shortened novel) until I started reading it, and I read it in mostly one sitting. The writing is fast-paced, with interesting characters that all have complex back-stories. One thing I did not like is that Ranalla seems to fall for Vince a little too fast, especially since he's supposed to be "the bad guy," at least at first, but it's not something that's an extreme annoyance.
I'd recommend this novella if you're in the mood for a mystery or action story but don't have time to get through an entire novel, or if you're looking for something that can be read in a shorter amount of time.
3.5 stars out of 5.
*Disclosure: I received an e-copy of this novella from the author for reviewing purposes. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.
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