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You saw me before I saw you. In the airport, that day in August, you had that look in your eyes, as though you wanted something from me, as though you’d wanted it for a long time. No one had ever looked at me like that before, with that kind of intensity. It unsettled me, surprised me I guess. Those blue, blue eyes, icy blue, looking back at me as if I could warm them up. They’re pretty powerful, you know, those eyes, pretty beautiful too.
You blinked quickly when I looked at you, and turned away, as if you were nervous . . . as if you felt guilty because you’d just been checking out some random girl in an airport. But I wasn’t random, was I? And it was a good act. I fell for it. It’s funny, but I always thought I could trust blue eyes. I thought they were safe somehow. All the good guys have baby blues. The dark eyes are for the villains . . . the Grim Reaper, the Joker, zombies. All dark.

About the book

In a moving letter to her captor, 16-year-old Gemma relives her kidnapping from Bangkok Airport.

Taken by Ty, a troubled young stalker, to the wild and desolate Australian outback, she reflects on a landscape from which there’s no escape.

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Author notes

'In some ways, I’ve been preparing all my life to write Stolen. I’ve always been obsessed with Australian land. This obsession began when I moved to Australia as a small child and stayed with me until I took a 3-week trip through the Great Sandy Desert, where Stolen is set. It’s the most amazing and inspiring landscape – I defy anyone not to want to write about it once they've seen it!'

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