“Everything Stolen” is a tightly written, solidly plotted erotic thriller with a twist–actually, a couple of twists. Jeremy wakes up from a 4-year coma, only to discover that the woman he loves has had his child–and married someone he’s always disliked as well. Sylvie is torn between the life she’s built since Jeremy’s disappearance, including her marriage to Silas, who’s always been there for her when she really needed someone, and her feelings for Jeremy, the father of her child. And then the two set off on a search for the people responsible for making Jeremy disappear…The tension is deftly sustained throughout the face-paced action, and I found myself rooting for all the characters in turn.
Although this is an erotic thriller, it also touches on themes you’re less likely to find in such books. Sylvie was abandoned as a baby, with no clue who her parents were–other than the fact that they weren’t of one particular obvious race. So no one knows “what” she is, and her light-brown skin evokes discomfort in characters who want to put her in a neatly defined racial box. While this is not the main focus of the story, it comes up several times, and it both makes Sylvie a more complex and compelling character and adds a unique level of depth to the story. The book is also refreshingly female-focused, so that Sylvie has multiple female friends with him she discusses not only her romantic troubles but also work, parenting, and how to deal with mansplaining 🙂 All in all, I found this a highly enjoyable read and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a romantic thriller with a difference.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.