Mel Parish Ulterior Motives

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Ulterior Motives

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Kidnapped while on vacation in the Philippines, expatriate Jake Cornish struggles to retain his dignity in the face of the humiliating circumstances imposed by his captors. As his wife’s chilling silence to the ransom demand continues, Jake’s futile attempts at escape and defiance are met with a degree of hostility and brutality that suggest his chance of survival is grim—until his captors suggest another use for him. Their outrageous new demand not only pushes him to unparalleled levels of despondency but also causes cracks in their unity, laying bare ulterior motives and revealing the true nature of the kidnappers themselves. A story of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, Ulterior Motives tells of life stripped bare of daily comforts, where desperation drives motivation, and loyalty and love may lead not to happiness but unimaginable consequences.

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British-born Mel Parish believes a curiosity for life and new experiences are essential in providing inspiration for novels and that travel is one of the best ways of satisfying that curiosity. Mel, who currently resides in New York, has been fortunate enough to live in both London and Hong Kong for substantial periods and has traveled extensively on all three continents. Married with one daughter, Mel is also the author of 'Silent Lies'.

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A methodical thriller bristling with interpersonal intrigue and compelling characters. Parish’s (Silent Lies, 2012) latest thriller opens with Jake Cornish waking up in a cage on an island. He remembers being kidnapped but doesn't know how his captors know his name—or why they’re keeping him alive, although some details about a ransom note eventually surface. He finds out his captors’ true intentions only after they have what they want—and it’s not just money they’re after. The novel doesn’t feature scenes of high action or intensity; readers are put squarely in Jake’s shoes and information trickles in slowly. However, the novel truly inhabits the mind of a kidnap victim, which makes for an intriguing reading experience. Jake’s fleeting emotions provide plenty for the reader to digest, and his emotional journey is far more interesting than the actual events on the island. His deepening relationship with his captors will also keep readers turning pages. Although the book never addresses larger psychological themes, such as Stockholm syndrome, Jake’s affection for his kidnappers grows over the course of the novel, and they’re willing to exploit that fact, which pushes the novel toward a conclusion that leaves Jake, and the reader, with many unresolved issues. When a person is the victim of emotional and physical manipulation, the effects can be lifelong, and it’s clear that no matter where life takes Jake, he will never be the same man again. Although the actual events of the story can be summed up in a paragraph or two, the interpersonal drama explored here will provide a rich experience for the intellectual reader. A slow-paced story of captivity with an emotional center that will keep readers engaged.

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