Are you in the mood for a gripping, page-turning thriller that will make your heart race? We’ve got just what you’re looking for. The Captive by Deborah O’Connor is released today in UK paperback by Bonnier Zaffre. Set in London in the near future, the UK prison system has been replaced with one where the victim must house their criminal inside their own home. This promises to be a nerve-jangling thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat, and we can’t wait for readers to get their hands on a copy.

Deborah O’Connor is a writer and TV producer. The Captive is her latest novel, which was inspired by Deborah’s own experience where her flat was burgled, and she was asked to meet the culprits as part of a restorative justice program. Her debut novel, My Husband’s Son, was a bestseller. The Captive was chosen as The Times’ Thriller of the Month in January 2021 and received rave reviews. Daily Mail called it ‘highly original,’ while Woman & Home said the story ‘rattles along at a cracking pace,’ and Heat magazine said ‘this original concept thriller is SO GOOD.’

The reviews have been extremely positive, and we are delighted with their endorsements:

Oh my god, it’s FANTASTIC! Highly original, thrilling and emotional, The Captive is set to be one of the best books of 2021. I ADORED it.’ Jo Spain, Sunday Times bestselling author of the DCI Tom Reynolds series

The perfect concept. The perfect execution. The perfect book.’ Gillian Mcallister, Sunday Times bestselling author of Everything But The Truth

This GRIPPING page-turner has a terrifying concept at its heart. Part thriller, part a dark, unpredictable love story, it asks some big questions about crime and punishment. Tense and disturbing, I think it would spark great book club debate.Adele Parks, Sunday Times bestselling author of Just My Luck

Stunning. Staggeringly original, chilling, ELECTRIFYING. I raced through the final chapters with my heart in my mouth.Chris Whitaker, New York Times bestselling author of We Begin at the End

Readers will become totally HOOKED within pages of starting this hugely original and entertaining thriller. Irish Independent

Hannah knows the cage intimately. Small, the size of a shopping mall 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?


Congratulations, Deborah, on this very special day! And if you have not picked up a copy of this book yourself, you can do so here.