Hostages at the Kitchen Table by Corie L. Calcutt

Review: The idea for this story was enough to catch my interest. Being held hostage without knowing what’s going to happen at any given time, yet very aware of the dangerous, ruthless nature of the men holding you might make for a compelling plot. I felt the author put a lot of thought and planning into “Hostages at the Kitchen Table”, but I found the dialogue-heavy outline reading more like a screenplay than a book. I would have appreciated a wider array information, other than the talk and terrifying looks being passed between the two hostages. I was searching for a reason to care about the young man and his girlfriend who were at the mercy of felons, but it never connected for me.

I thought the author effectively included news broadcasts into the narrative which were not distracting or confusing. They did create a greater feeling of apprehension and the stark reality of the situation the people were in. There are hints of possible activities between the various characters but no really surprising revelations, and a twist at the end that I did see coming, yet the resolution was what I found unexpected. There are very definite psychological side effects which occur to people who’ve been in such a situation. I was looking for those qualities and behaviors as a kind of authenticity. “Hostages at the Kitchen Table” would likely appeal to those who enjoy crime or suspense thrillers.

Book Description: Kyle and Austin’s vacation plans go horribly wrong when they become the victims of a home invasion by a group of bank robbers. Rather than simply steal their belongings and run, the criminals choose to hold the couple hostage in their apartment until they can come up with a getaway plan. As the police begin to close in, both the crooks’ desperation levels and their tempers begin to rise. Can Kyle and Austin make it out of the situation alive, or will they meet a violent end at the hands of their captors?

 

Length: 90 Pages (PDF)

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Disclaimer: THIS REVIEW WAS COMPLETED FOR EBOOK ADDICTS REVIEWS, AND ORIGINALLY POSTED ON FEBRUARY 11, 2011. PLEASE VIEW THEIR WEBSITE TO SEE ALL REVIEWS AVAILABLE.

 

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