Stockholm Ransom

Fiction - Thriller - General
344 Pages
Reviewed on 05/03/2017
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Author Biography

S.K.Vall was born in the UK, London. Graduated at the London College of Fashion. S.K.Vall lives by the motto that "Well behaved women rarely make history".

In a world where society dictates how a person should live and how we should be, we forget the essence of our true selves. Stockholm ransom came to life when the author took a chance on a random encounter, who showed the truth behind the lies and the courage to face all fears. It is freedom to be our authentic selves and it is seen to be a revolutionary act to be free.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

“There’s a term we use in the medical field called ‘Stockholm Syndrome’. In simplest terms it’s when hostages express empathy and sympathy towards their captors.” In the heart of this story lies the mystery of passion, raw and carnal. A strange case of kidnapping leaves the victim free, returning to her family. But the wealth of the family and the expert psychiatrist won’t help her find peace, so Sukhi Rai, the beautiful young woman who has escaped from her kidnapper must find out the facts herself, and in her own way. She begins to investigate her kidnapper, but little does she know that the truth could destroy her and cause suffering for those she loves: her family isn’t what it seems to be. Stockholm Ransom by SK Vall is a masterpiece that brilliantly combines romance, murder, and investigation, a thrilling story that will have thriller fans riveted.

What I first noticed about this gripping tale is the captivating, seductive writing. SK Vall’s prose is very enjoyable, a work of beauty in itself, featuring short sentences that are very descriptive in nature. The writing also features compelling conversations that help to deepen character development and plot. The dialogues read naturally, and they make the story feel true. Stockholm Ransom is a novel with an intriguing plot, which travels the meandering, complex road filled with romance and conflict. It is interesting to see how the author weaves elements of a psychological thriller and romance into the story. The author shows great skill in character development, and readers will love to follow Sukhi Rai. The read is absorbing, the characters memorable, and the plot riveting.

Ruffina Oserio

Stockholm Ransom by SK Vall is a tantalizing thriller for adult readers, a story that features kidnapping, family lies, and murder. After being kidnapped, Sukhi Rai succeeds in escaping from her captor. In therapy, Dr. Meller encourages her to speak about her kidnapper, but it seems something isn’t right about the kidnapping. What actually happened between her and the kidnapper? Diagnosed with Stockholm Syndrome, Sukhi wants to find out the truth, so she begins her own investigation, but what she will discover will shock her — dark and dangerous secrets and lies about her family — and her own life could be in grave danger.

SK Vall has crafted a beautiful story that combines a family saga with exciting elements of a good thriller and a compelling romance to offer a compelling read. I was immersed in the story from the very beginning. The catchy descriptions of characters, the colorful plot, and the interesting, well-broken down paragraphs made this book an enjoyable read. The plot is well-paced and it has very intriguing moments, spiced with romance and sex scenes; it is gripping. The characters are wonderfully developed. I had a special liking for the protagonist. She is constructed to reflect the most powerful aspect of this story — its psychological depth. I was pulled into her world, her need to understand her family, and her fight for freedom. Stockholm Ransom features a strong and unique narrative voice. It is a well-written thriller that will undoubtedly have fans riveted for the entire read.

Gisela Dixon

Stockholm Ransom by SK Vall is a psychological thriller about an abduction that leads to much intrigue and drama. This is the story of a 26-year-old woman named Sukhi Rai who is kidnapped. Once she rejoins her family, however, and starts sharing bits of her experiences during the kidnapping, it slowly becomes apparent to people that she probably suffers from Stockholm Syndrome. As she struggles to rebuild her life with her sister, father, and step-mother again, things become a bit more complicated once she starts seeing her new young therapist and gets treatment from a doctor. Unable to stop herself and her feelings, even considering that her kidnapper may well be a psychopath who wants to kill her, Sukhi sets off to find her kidnapper ... only to discover and get enmeshed in a web of secrets, lies, deceit, and mystery.

Stockholm Ransom by SK Val is a thriller that is a bit eerie at times and made me wonder where this story was heading. That being said, this speaks to the writing style of the author and is a testament to how engaging it is. I thought the portrayal of some of the chief characters was well done, but at the same time I had difficulty in believing in some of their actions, and thought perhaps the plot was a bit unrealistic. I also thought the sexual scenes were, in some places, unnecessary and a bit too graphic for a novel of this type. However, that is a matter of opinion. Overall, I did enjoy reading this book and felt the suspense was maintained right up to the end.