Do you feel like treating yourself to a new Christmas read? We’ve got the perfect book to lose yourself in over the long break – the eBook and audiobook edition of The Captivethe newest title by Deborah O’ Connor, is released today by Bonnier Books / Zaffre. You’ll be able to get your hands on a hardback in the New Year when it’s published on 7th January.

We could barely contain our excitement when The Captive‘s teaser trailer launched on social media this September. Since then, there has been plenty of fantastic feedback from early readers and those in the industry, including bestselling author Clare Mackintosh, who name-checked the title in her Instagram Live TBR chat, and superstar Editorial Director at HarperCollins, Phoebe Morgan.

Deborah is known for her vividly imaginative high-concept novels, interwoven with subtle social commentary. The Captive is no different, transporting readers to an alternative future, in which the government forces convicts to live out their sentences inside victims’ homes,  as a kind of restorative justice. You will feel palpable tension whilst witnessing widow, Hannah, navigate a surreal new life with her husband’s murderer:

Hannah knows the cage intimately. Small, the size of a shopping centre parking space. A bed, a basin, a table and chair. A hatch and metal drawer through which to exchange food and other items.

Then there’s him. Always there on the edges of her vision, no matter how hard she tries to block him out.

Every day, the same thoughts run through Hannah’s mind:

What if he speaks to me?
What if he hurts me?
What if he gets out?

Early readers have been enthralled by Deborah’s deftly written plot and pulse-inducing suspense:

“After reading Deborah O’Connor’s impressive and memorable The Dangerous Kind, I knew I had to read this, her latest psychological thriller set in a London in the near future.  This is a memorable, thought provoking, dark and intense crime read, with great characterisations. An absolutely superb psychological thriller that I recommend highly!” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars 

“Right from the start this book has you in its thrall, hook, line and sinker… The concept! How utterly appalling, it blows your mind that an innocent party has to not only confront but feed those convicted! I enjoyed this well written thriller very much. The whole thing from start to finish sends shivers up your spine and you recoil in horror!” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars 

“A unique story, with great characters that I really enjoyed, and I think this will be talked about for a long time.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars 

“There were a number of points in this book which literally made me gasp out loud at what was happening, the pace was fast and there is never a dull moment. The author has a wonderful way of portraying all of the range of emotions so well, as a reader you can feel it all.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars 

“This was a fantastic thriller, so many twists and questions with an exciting climax, a very unique plot idea! I would love to see this as a movie or series on TV” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars 

Deborah O’Connor is a writer and TV producer responsible for international TV formats like Look Me In The EyeThe Day The Cash Came and The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes.

Born and bred in the North-East of England, in 2010 she completed the Faber Academy novel writing course. She lives in London with her husband and daughter. Deborah’s first novel was the No.1  digital bestseller My Husband’s Son, about a woman who becomes convinced she has found her partner’s missing child.

This is a truly unmissable thriller, and we can’t wait to see how much readers enjoy it. Purchase the eBook today, or pick up your hardback on the 7th January, to get started on your next new obsession!