Forgetting Zoë by Ray Robinson

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Zoe Nielsen was just like any other ten-year-old walking to school, not knowing that a chance encounter with Thurman Hayes would lead to her abduction and imprisonment in a converted nuclear bunker beneath a remote Arizona ranch house. Back home, 4,000 miles away on an island off the coast of Newfoundland, the press coverage surrounding Zoe's mother, Ingrid, is rapidly turning sour. Even the arrest of a suspect and Ingrid's newly established relationship with Zoe's father isn't enough to stop the nightmare from which there is no waking Enslaved in her underground tomb, deprived of food and light and water, the girl Zoe once was steadily begins to disappear. Allowed to see and hear only what Thurman permits, she lives in a world that is all about his needs and wants being met...But over time Thurman will grow tired of the rapidly maturing Zoe. And when he decides it is time to get rid of her, Zoe must finally make her bid for freedom. Forgetting Zoe is a moving, epic tale of courage, survival, horror and loss, that explores how a bond of affection and intimacy can develop between captive and captor.

About Ray Robinson

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Ray Robinson was born in North Yorkshire in 1971. After training as a graphic designer he spent many years teaching in Eastern Europe and Scandinavia. His prize-winning stories are widely published in literary journals and he is the author of two novels, The Man Without and Electricity, which was nominated for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award. He is a post-graduate of Lancaster University where he was awarded a Ph.D. in Creative Writing in 2006 and is a Literary Mentor for The Literary Consultancy. He lives in Manchester. For more information visit the author's website:
Published July 5, 2010 by William Heinemann. 288 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Ten-year-old Zoe Nielsen is kidnapped from her island home off the coast of Newfoundland, kept in a bunker underground for eight years, her life erased.

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The reader is left in no doubt as to the nature of the father with lines such as, As a form of punishment Father would press one of his hands down on top of Thurman's head so forcefully that Thurman's legs would buckle...

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