By Ivana Hruba
Whilst a abducted woman's husband refuses to pay her ransom, she plots revenge with assistance from her reluctant kidnapper. Discovering her husband's plan to betray her, she frames him for her personal "murder," forcing her young kidnapper into an unexpected moral hassle that might swap him forever. This smart and fast paced mystery blends pathos with trickery and intrigue, drawing the reader into the personal international of a weak 15-year-old boy who believes himself to be the savior and protector of a wronged lady.
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Without constant reminder, a blockhead like you might make a mistake, Kenny said, grinning into my face as I kneeled in front of him to lace his boots. I promised I’d behave. On his way out, Kenny playfully cuffed me and slammed the door behind him. 7 When Kenny left, I turned off the TV and went about doing my chores. I cleaned the kitchen and the lounge, and tidied up Kenny’s room, throwing out all empty tomato juice bottles. Kenny was very fond of tomato juice and always kept a box handy under his bed.
8 I excused myself soon after an uncomfortable hush descended upon us. Not because I was unable to handle it, of course I was; after all, I had plenty of experience. Whenever I tried to join in at school, the very same hush accompanied me, or even preceded me. No, immersed in the hush, I suddenly realized that we had been chatting a while. Expecting Kenny to return at any moment, I told Kathryn it was time for me to go. It’s for the best, I told her as I retied her legs and her arm. She didn’t struggle, not even when I tied one end of the rope to the wardrobe.
All this happened when I was barely into my teens. These days it’s water under the bridge and hardly worth the mention. 34 n I V A N A H R U B Á All in all, having Me around has been terrific. One of the best things about Me is that she has always known when to show support. Take Rupert, for instance. Mother had been less than happy with the choice of my future husband. In complete contrast, Me had shown a great deal of enthusiasm. He’s perfect for you, Me had said, beaming at me slyly and thinking that Rupert would be no threat to her place in my affections.