I vaguely remember tuning into the news in March, 2005, and hearing that a woman, Ashley Smith, had been held hostage by an escaped prison who had shot and killed four people the day before.  I remember the story because not only did she survive the ordeal, but the prisoner, Brian Nichols, let her go and surrendered peacefully.

When I was given the opportunity to read her book, Captive (formerly called Unlikely Angel), I was happy to do so.  I thought the book would be interesting.  After all, how do you convince a killer fresh off a murder spree not to kill you, too?

What I was surprised by is that this story is three pronged.

The most obvious plot in this story is the hostage situation.  Ashley Smith unwisely heads out for a pack of cigarettes at 2 a.m.  When she returns, she sees Brian Smith in the truck next to her (though she doesn’t know who he is), and she briefly thinks about going somewhere else for the night.  Instead, she pushes fear aside and tries to get to her apartment.  Before she can, Brian Nichols has a hand over her mouth and a gun to her head.

Weaved throughout the hostage story, though, are two other subplots.  Ashley Smith is a drug addict.  While she is not using drugs as frequently as she did before, she does still use.  In fact, the night Nichols holds her hostage, she has ice (crystal meth) in her home.  Throughout the book, the reader sees how Ashley Smith’s life spiraled out of control from her senior year on and what a price she has had to pay for her drug addiction.

The next subplot focuses on God.  Even while Smith is praying to God and asking for His mercy and guidance so she can get clean, she’s still using drugs.  Nichols is a Christian, and once Smith finds this out, she tries to use this as a way to get into his head and relate to him.

Whether or not you believe in God, after reading this story, it’s hard to believe that there wasn’t a miracle going on that night that saved Ashley Smith, turned her life around, and helped her end the carnage Brian Nichols had caused.

This book has been turned into a major motion picture (see the trailer here) which will be released on September 18, 2015.  I can’t wait to read it!

The Giveaway

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