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Held by [Bettes, Kimberly A.]
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The gripping tale of a young woman suffering at the hands of the serial killer who has become obsessed with her.

Nicole Lee, a young wife and new mother, steps out of the mall, squinting against the glare of the midday sun, completely unaware that her life is about to change forever.

In a matter of seconds, she is steeped in fear as the world she knows and the life she loves fades away.

As the panic sets in and the terror takes hold, Nicole tries to keep calm, though she's now in a frantic fight for her life. Locked in a deadly battle of wits with a psychopath, she struggles to keep her sanity as she's held.

A 59,000+ word novel, with over 17,000 words of bonus content.

For mature audiences only.


" of the best purchases I have made on Amazon. I took a chance on an unknown author and found a new favorite to follow. I was just expecting a dark run-of-the-mill thriller and found a writer who can actually scare the heebie jeebies out of me." -- Independent Review

"Brilliant start to finish. I can't believe this came from the mind of a woman." -- Independent Review

"Texas Chainsaw meets Silence of the Lambs." -- Independent Review

"...grabs you by the throat on the first page and relentlessly squeezes you to the last." -- Independent Review

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4891 KB
  • Print Length: 189 pages
  • Publisher: Case Publishing; 1 edition (11 January 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007QI7WPK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #220,571 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I feel like this book needs more warning to potential readers. The only emotion this book made me feel was anger and nothing else. The main character feels way too calm for someone in their predicament. This book wasn't a thriller nor an emotional rollercoaster, it was just pure, straight-up violence. If your a fan of torture and violence, with no other substance than this is the book for you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well, NOW what do I do with my life? 25 July 2015
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I am a member of a book group on Facebook, and that's where I get a lot of book recommendations. Someone posted and said that they'd never read a book that actually made them vomit until they read this one. Like an idiot I said, "Ooh I wanna read that." Since the Facebook group is primarily for Romance/erotica books and novels I just kind of assumed this was a dark romance. I'd read those before and while they could get very dark I overall enjoyed the read. THIS however. . . is NOT romance. I was blown away. Did I cry? Yep. A lot. Did I vomit? I'll admit that yes I absolutely did. Did I stop reading at one point and look at the people sitting around me and actually wonder "How are you people living your lives normally while this story is playing out for me?!?! How could you?!" Definitely. This was one of those books that I finished and immediately wondered what I was going to do with the rest of my life. There's a sequel. I don't know if I'm ready for it yet. I definitely want to read it and hope that it answers some questions that readers are left with after this one ended.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Held is a fascinating look at the life and mind of a serial killer. When I hear of a real serial killer getting caught and find out what information we have about them, I always want to have more. What did they do each day? What were their thoughts? Why did they do it? In this book, many of those thoughts and activities are on the page making the serial killer in Held, Ron, a real person with a good side and a very bad side. Ron not only likes to kill women but torture them to an extent that was difficult to read about at times.

Ron abducts Nicole, a wife and mother, from a mall parking lot. Reading her thoughts and actions were also very interesting. In the beginning, she was strong and sassy not really believing the reality of her situation and if she is truly in danger. She very quickly learns that she is in danger and Ron has killed before. Ron likes Nicole's personality as a sassy and smart woman, so she walks a fine line of sassy versus submission trying not to make him angry. Nicole is held captives for several months and develops a somewhat easy relationship of routine and maybe even friendship over time. Ron cares for Nicole in his own sick way, but Nicole very much wants to go home. This is not a captive story were the heroine falls in love with the capture, but more a look at the delicate balance she needed to maintain to not be tortured and live through it.

Once I started reading Held, I didn't want to put it down. It is compelling, intense, gritty and "real". I would very much recommend the book to lovers of thrillers. The reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is that the torture scenes were very hard to read because of the detail of the torture including rape, cutting of skin, cattle prods, etc. making me have to twinge and skip a few words and sentences.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Depraved and too graphic 1 December 2013
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It could have been a great book but it really fell short of the mark. Nicole Lee a young mother is abducted in broad daylight and is kept captive by Ron, a sadistic psychotic killer. This is enough to scare you senseless. However, the author does not give us an in-depth vision of the psyche of this vicious torturer. What she does is gives us is a depiction of the most brutal and sick descriptions of utter violence which escalates with every incident. Every time Ron brings Nicole to witness more punishment on his captives, the atrocities are more and more gruesome in nature....

Nicole who witnesses these depraved acts, comments on Ron's culinary talents, saying she never ate such good eggs and even states that he could be such a great husband if he did not brutally torture his victims...... I just don't get it. Yes many serial killers like Ted Bundy used their charm to capture their victims, but this trait in the novel was badly exploited. What was realistic though, was that "Ron could go from being "a somewhat caring" person to a frenzied brutal individual in a matter of seconds.

I had read RAGE by the same author and I loved that novel. It also depicted acts of cruelty, but it was not in a depraved graphic way.

The ending which was far too abrupt could have been better exploited. I don't want to give the ending away that part of the storyline should have been more detailed. The ending could easily have been very scary indeed. Too bad it was not developed.
3.0 out of 5 stars Mild Spoilers - Its alright, if you have a strong constitution. 24 October 2016
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I read the thing in one sitting so she's very capable keeping your fixated but at the same time the writing style is very simple, almost too simple at times. (It could be a meta joke though, I'm not sure.) Early in the story another of the man's victim's abruptly appears and has a screaming, kicking fight before being dragged off. This scene comes and goes to with such simple language that I wondered if any of the horrors to ensue would have any impact. As the story goes on the atrocities can be felt even without the author being particularly descriptive.

The character remains remarkably flippant through her ordeal. So some hideous scene actually manage to have a bizarre comedic side. I spent a fair amount of time yelling at the protagonist for missing obvious chances or needlessly provoking her captor.

So surmise, it's okay. Its straightforward and short. If you're in the market for some abduction horror, you'll get that. Occasionally succeeded at turning my stomach and then it ended.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a pleasant surprise! 8 December 2012
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I am extremely difficult to satisfy when it comes to fiction. Usually I only read non fiction/true crime because it has an intensity that can't be matched via fiction, knowing it is just a story. However I have been left between the old rock and a hard place. 99% of non fiction/true crime is so lame and tepid, lacking in detail with descriptions of the criminal acts so sanitized and neutered they are glossed over with one or two words...he tortured her and killed her. I want the DETAILS, brutal, unfilitered, explicit details of each act of torture, what was done, in when, and how murdered. There have only been a couple of books that do the subject justice. All the other Ann Rule type true crime garbage by all these authors is hopelessly boring. Fiction I gave up on because like I said, knowing it is nothing more than a story there is no intensity....well this book changed all that for me. I LOVED this book and I am amazed at Kimberly's writing. I was cringing so often through this book. What a fantastic mind she has. I couldn't put this book down and when I did i couldn't wait to get back to it. I loved the hostage, despised and wanted to kill the kidnapper. No cliche ending. Brilliant start to finish. I can't believe this came from the mind of a woman. She would be fascinating to know and talk with I am sure.

I read mutilple books continuously. I am a new fan of Kimberly now and I will read everything she writes and has written. I can only say that about 2 other authors. Get it, read it.

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