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The Captive

(2021)
A novel by

 
 
A rural noir about a woman on a pulse-pounding expedition to deliver a fugitive—and forced to confront her own past on the journey

In a secessionist rural state that has cut itself off completely from urban centers, where living is hardscrabble and poor but “free,” Brooke Holland runs a farm with her husband, Milo, and two daughters. Their life at the fringes of modern society is tenuous—they make barely enough from each harvest to keep going—yet Brooke cherishes the loving, peaceful life they have carved out for themselves. She has even begun to believe she is free from the violent history she has kept a secret from her family.

When escaped criminal Stephen Cawley attacks at the farm, Brooke’s buried talents surface, and she manages to quickly and harshly subdue him. She is convinced that he has come in retribution for the blood feud she thought she escaped years ago. Brooke sets out to bring Cawley to justice, planning to use the bounty on his head to hide her family far from danger. Fearing that other members of Cawley’s infamous family will soon descend, Brooke insists Milo and the girls flee with her, travelling miles on foot across an unforgiving landscape to reach the nearest marshal. Their journey, started at the onset of winter with little preparation, brings already strained family dynamics to the breaking point. As Brooke’s ghosts—both real and imagined—close in, the ruthlessness that let her survive her past may become the biggest threat to her hopes for a different future. What follows is a harrowing exploration of family loyalty, trauma, and resilience.

As haunting and propulsive as it is powerfully written, The Captive is a thrilling debut novel about the impossible choices we make to survive and protect the ones we love.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Fiona Foster has written a tension-wire novel, suspenseful from the first line to the last. A story about a fractured country quickly transforms into a study of the ways in which the darkest parts of our history follow us around like shadows. There is something gripping here, a nuanced dissection of how violence begets violence, damage begets damage." - Omar El Akkad

"The Captive is a wonder, a wild horse in the sure and steady hands of the brilliant Fiona King Foster. Electrifying and otherworldly, The Captive gives us a new feminist heroine, an Offred traversing Cormac McCarthy’s hazardous dreamscapes. Through the ingenious and fierce-hearted Brooke Holland, King takes us to the very sheer edge of survival, love and loyalty. This debut novel reads like a lightning storm, and then it stays with you, leaving a profound impression—ghostly, gorgeous and moving." - Claudia Dey

"In this riveting debut, King Foster vividly brings to life a gritty, hardscrabble and all too plausible near-future and a resolute heroine who defends those she loves throughout a harrowing ordeal. The Captive is a propulsive, word-perfect thriller about the ghosts that haunt us and the strengths that lie within." - Saleema Nawaz


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January 2021 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Captive: A Novel
Author(s): Fiona King Foster
ISBN: 0-06-299097-7 / 978-0-06-299097-6 (USA edition)
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December 2021 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Captive: A Novel
Author(s): Fiona King Foster
ISBN: 0-06-299098-5 / 978-0-06-299098-3 (USA edition)
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Title: The Captive: A Novel
Author(s): Fiona King Foster
ISBN: 1-4434-6099-0 / 978-1-4434-6099-6 (Canada edition)
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January 2021 : Audio CD
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Title: The Captive
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ISBN: 1-79997-103-1 / 978-1-79997-103-0
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Title: The Captive: A Novel
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ISBN: 1-79997-102-3 / 978-1-79997-102-3
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Title: The Captive: A Novel
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Title: The Captive: A Novel
Author(s): Fiona King Foster
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
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January 2021 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Captive: A Novel
Author(s): Fiona King Foster
Publisher: Ecco
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January 2021 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Captive: A Novel
Author(s): Fiona King Foster
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Availability: Amazon CA