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Author: Debra Jo Immergut Narrator: Sarah Naughton, Jamie Renell Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2018 ISBN: 9780062847775
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The riveting story of a woman convicted of a brutal crime, the prison psychologist who recognizes her as his high-school crush—and the charged reunion that sets off an astonishing chain of events with dangerous consequences for both.

As an inmate psychologist at a state prison, Frank Lundquist has had his fair share of surprises. But nothing could possibly prepare him for the day in which his high school object of desire, Miranda Greene, walks into his office for an appointment. Still reeling from the scandal that cost him his Manhattan private practice and landed him in his unglamorous job at Milford Basin Correctional Facility in the first place, Frank knows he has an ethical duty to reassign Miranda’s case. But Miranda is just as beguiling as ever, and he’s insatiably curious: how did a beautiful high school sprinter and the promising daughter of a congressman end up incarcerated for a shocking crime? Even more compelling: though Frank remembers every word Miranda ever spoke to him, she gives no indication of having any idea who he is.

Inside the prison walls, Miranda is desperate and despairing, haunted by memories of a childhood tragedy, grappling with a family legacy of dodgy moral and political choices, and still trying to unwind the disastrous love that led to her downfall. And yet she is also grittily determined to retain some control over her fate. Frank quickly becomes a potent hope for her absolution—and maybe even her escape.

Propulsive and psychologically astute, The Captives is an intimate and gripping meditation on freedom and risk, male and female power, and the urges toward both corruption and redemption that dwell in us all.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This psychological thriller had me captivated from the first page. Its two lost souls come together like the meeting of nitrogen and glycerin…A mesmerizing debut.”

    Janet Fitch, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Immergut’s book begins as in incisive psychological portrait of two mismatched individuals and morphs into a nail-biting thriller.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “With its see-saw of quixotic emotions, Immergut’s stunning debut is a taut psychological drama that explores both Frank’s and Miranda’s nuanced contemplation of an unimaginable future and an unspeakable past.”

    Booklist

  • “Immergut has spun an interesting tale with fully realized characters whose ups and downs are compelling.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Love, particularly early love, never lets us go completely…The Captives unfurls with both speed and authenticity hurling the reader deep into the mysteries of the human heart.”

    Darcey Steinke, author of Sister Golden Hair

  • “A powerful novel, complex, dark, and enthralling…Immergut’s brand of literary noir masterfully interweaves points of view, voices, and temporal shifts, with dialogue as sharp and clean as cut glass.”

    Kate Christensen, author of The Great Man

  • “A compelling story of two disparate individuals, only one of whom believes that consolation is more important than truth.”

    Susanna Moore, author of In the Cut

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About the Author

Debra Jo Immergut has been awarded a MacDowell Fellowship and a Michener Fellowship, and in 1992, she published the collection of short stories, Private Property. Immergut has worked as a magazine editor and a journalist, and has been a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal and the Boston Globe. She has an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, has had work published in American Short Fiction and Narrative Magazine, and has taught writing in a variety of locations, including libraries, military bases, and prisons.

About the Narrators

Sarah Naughton is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator and New York City–based actress, singer, comedienne, and voice-over artist. She began her work in the audiobook industry in high school, recording a few young adult titles with the Syracuse-based company Full Cast Audio.

Jamie Renell is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.