Title: Captor by Anita Waller
Publisher: Bloodhound Books
Date Published: 13th February 2018
Genre: Mystery/thriller, psychological thriller
Liz Chambers is a devoted mother who works for a successful law firm. She has two children, a husband and a blossoming career. But behind closed doors, Liz is harbouring a secret that could destroy her life.
Then the unthinkable happens, and in a frenzied attack her young son is snatched from the home of the nanny charged with looking after him.
As Liz’s life unfolds, it becomes clear that someone is out for revenge.
Desperate to get her baby boy back, Liz must work out who is responsible for his kidnap, and why.
But as the body count begins to mount, Liz’s concern grows for the safety of her child.
Who has taken her baby?
And why is Captor so determined on revenge?
I’m so happy to be sharing my review on the release day of Captor, I want to thank Bloodhound Books for my ARC copy of this fabulous book and Sarah Hardy for organising this blog tour.
At the beginning of the story we see Liz going back to work and having the issues every working mother does leaving her baby with someone who isn’t them, but it starts to become much more sinister. Someone called ‘the captor’ has her in their sights and won’t stop until she has nothing left.
At first this story a bit of a hard read for me, I have a son myself and it is one of my worst fears, (actually I think it’s every parents worst fear), that something should happen to him but I got pulled in by the interesting characters. I went on a real rollercoaster of emotions, hoping that Liz would find her son.
There is so much more this book and I don’t want to reveal too much as I feel it might spoil other people’s enjoyment of this great story. I will say, to me, it started off a little slowly, building up to a tense, drama packed read. I was literally biting my nails by the end.
My only real complaints were I kind of figured out who ‘the captor’ quite early on. I also at found Liz a little bit hard to like at times and her older son Dan, who’s about sixteen, a little too perfect and well behaved, but of course that’s just my opinion.
Overall a tense read and be prepared to have the tissues at the ready!
Anita Waller was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1946. She married Dave in 1967 and they have three adult children.
She began writing when she was around 8 years of age, writing ‘compositions’ at junior school that became books with chapters.
In 1995 she sent Beautiful to a publisher and as they reached the contract stage the publisher went into liquidation.
As a result, the book was consigned to the attic in dejected disgust but in 2013 it was dragged out again for an enforced complete re-type. The original was written on an Amstrad 8256 and the only thing that remained was one hard copy.
Anita is not a typist and it was painfully reworked over two years, submitted to Bloodhound Books who, within three days of reading it, offered her a contract. 31 August 2015 saw its release into the wide world.
Following the outstanding success of Beautiful, she began a sequel on 27 December 2015, finishing it on 19 March 2016. The new novel, Angel, was launched on 7 May 2016.
34 Days followed, with its launch in October 2016. This was a huge success, particularly in the United States. While this, her third book in the psychological thriller genre, was flying out in all directions, she began work on her fourth book.
Winterscroft was a change in genre. It is a supernatural tale, set in Castleton, Derbyshire, and its release date was February 2017.
While she was writing Winterscroft, it became very clear from reading reviews that a sequel to 34 days was needed, and she began work on that. Bloodhound Books launched Strategy, on 10 August, 2017.
So where next? Her new book, launching February 2018 and titled Captor, is a psychological thriller.
In her life away from the computer in the corner of her kitchen, she is a Sheffield Wednesday supporter with blue blood in her veins! The club was particularly helpful during the writing of 34 Days, as a couple of matches feature in the novel, along with Ross Wallace. Information was needed and they provided it.
Her genre is murder – necessary murder.
Facebook page: @anitawaller2015