I’ve had You are mine by Isabel Eriksson on my shelf for over 6 months, and only recently picked it up, and I’ve not been able to put it down. As my blogger intuition kicks in, I thought I’d write about it.
It’s been a while since I got really into a book. I’ve been distracted with work and not made time to read in the past year. When I realised I was going to be stuck inside for 12 weeks, I had to have something else to do other than look at a screen. Although I have been doing that too! (What I’m watching | April)
The book follows a Swedish girl called Isabel Eriksson, an escort as she is drugged and kidnapped by a client. She finds herself (and her dog) locked in a bunker, a needle in her arm and her kidnapper sitting in front of her.
I don’t want to give too much away, obviously, so I’ll only refer to stuff mentioned in the first chapter/ the cover and blurb.
You are mine is autobiographical. Isabel actually went through these terrible situations. There are news articles and interviews online if you wanted to see them.
The book is written in first person and gives us, the reader a good image of the world she’s living in. A sign of a good book for me, is when there is enough information given so that I can transport my imagination, into their world. To truly let my imagination run rampant and this book does that!
It also helps that there are real life examples of the places she’s been to or visits. We as the reader can then research these places if we wish to do so.
That’s one of the things I like about biographical content, it’s set in the real world, I can use some of what I know about a place to create that image in my head, and then afterwards I can see what it actually looks like.
I don’t know if I’m the only person that does that but I like deep diving into things so I’ll jump on google to find places mentioned in books to see if my imaginations creation was anywhere near the real place.
Real life examples
I really like that at the beginning of each chapter it references to police interview excerpts. You get a really good idea of the mentality of the man who kidnapped her. The book gives a good view of the type of person he was.
These examples come from REAL police interviews which only increases the intensity of the book. Whilst it’s pretty clear at some point she gets out (there’d be no book if she didn’t) it does make you question what would have happened if she hadn’t. Or if he hadn’t been caught.
The book itself is fairly reminiscent of 3096 days by Natascha Kampush. It’s written in a similar style but it is within the same genre.
Their situations are very relatable to each other, although not the same, so if you’ve already read Isabel’s book. I highly recommend Natascha’s!
There is a film to go with Natascha’s book too which was quite interesting to watch. However in that classic way, the original book was better.
Overall I feel like this book has given me my reading bug back. It’s been a long time since I’ve picked up a book and not been able to put it down again!
Take care, stay safe.
James. aka Anothermaleblogger
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