Narrator Jack and his mother, who was kidnapped seven years earlier when she was a 19-year-old college student, celebrate his fifth birthday. They live in a tiny, 11-foot-square soundproofed cell in a converted shed in the kidnapper’s yard. The sociopath, whom Jack has dubbed Old Nick, visits at night, grudgingly doling out food and supplies. But Ma, as Jack calls her, proves to be resilient and resourceful–and attempts a nail-biting escape.
Subject: Suspense Fiction
Based on real historical events, Lafaye’s debut novel is at once a love story set in a time of great turmoil and a vivid depiction of a major natural disaster. This book evokes what happens when people, sweating under the weight of their pasts, are tested to the absolute limits of their endurance.