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BA Paris | The Prisoner

The Book: 

The Prisoner by B.A. Paris
Published November 1, 2022 by St. Martin’s Press
Date read: August 15, 2022

The Characters: 


Rating: 4 out of 5.

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The Plot (from Goodreads):

Amelie has always been a survivor, from losing her parents as a child in Paris to making it on her own in London. As she builds a life for herself, she is swept up into a glamorous lifestyle where she married the handsome billionaire Jed Hawthorne.

But then, Amelie wakes up in a pitch-black room, not knowing where she is. Why has she been taken? Who are her mysterious captors? And why does she soon feel safer here, imprisoned, than she had begun to feel with her husband Ned?

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Book spoilers ahead–if you haven’t yet read The Prisoner, I suggest you turn back now.

The Twist:

Ned was Amalie’s boss. He tricked her into marrying him, after he raped her coworker Justine. Amalie was being kept at Lucas’s house, a business partner of Ned’s. She is given a letter with instructions to memorize and destroy. The story she’s meant to follow is that she and Ned rented a vacation house for a few weeks to hide out from the media storm following his attack on Justine. She is instructed to have a bunch of people see her searching for Ned on the beach and then call the police to report him missing.

She finds out that Ned also killed her best friend Carolyn. On the plus side, she finds out that her father did own her beloved childhood home and left it to her.

Amalie sees the security guard Carl at Lena and Justine’s funeral. She investigates and learns that his surname is Hunter and that he lives in New Zealand. She confronts Paul, her only contact, and he tells her to go look for Carl in Christchurch.

She finds Hunter, alive. Carl and Hunter were brothers. Carl was in a relationship with Lena. When Lena disappeared, Carl contacted Lucas, a powerful Lithuanian, to see if she had returned to Lithuania like her email said. Lucas did find evidence of her passport entering the country, but it wasn’t enough.

Carl was the “shooter” who “killed” Hunter. It was meant to be a warning, and they intended to take Amalie somewhere safe, but Ned moved her out of there too quickly.

They knew they needed to kill Ned, but had to do it in a way that wouldn’t arouse suspicion. They kidnapped both of them to make it look like they had gone on vacation together. Ned was also planning to have Amalie killed, so if they hadn’t taken her, Amos Carrigan would have killed her that night. They kept her in the dark because Carl didn’t know if they could trust her not to go to the police if she saw their faces.

The Ending:

The story just ends after Hunter explains himself in New Zealand. Amalie says that maybe they can keep in touch, and walks away.

The Review: 

I’m happy to announce that this latest title from B.A. Paris is a hit! The Prisoner is action-packed right from the start as Amalie is kidnapped and thrown into a pitch-black room. The reader finds out what happened through a series of flashbacks interspersed between scenes of Amalie trying to escape her prison and trying to figure out who her kidnapper was. I was so eager to figure out why she had been taken!

This was an extremely quick listen, and the story was tense and exciting throughout. Maybe we got a bit too thorough of a description of the room Amalie was kept in, but the plot unraveled brilliantly.

Audio Review: Georgia Maguire is a new-to-me narrator, but one I will certainly watch out for in the future! At ten hours long this audiobook was an average length, but I was too excited by the story to press pause and flew right through it.

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