It's a once-in-a-lifetime thing: a girl on a yacht with her super-rich banker father; a chance for the family to heal after a turbulent time; the peaceful sea, the warm sun . . . But a nightmare is about to explode as a group of Somali pirates seizes the boat and its human cargo - and the family becomes a commodity in a highly sophisticated transaction. Hostage 1 is Dad - the most valuable. Amy is Hostage 3. As she builds a strange bond with one of her captors, it becomes brutally clear that the price of a life and its value are very different things . . .
Nick Lake was born in Britain but grew up in Luxembourg, where his father worked for the European Parliament. Nick works in publishing by day and writes in every spare moment he can find.
In 2012, his powerful and moving novel In Darkness, about the Haitian earthquake, was published for adults and older teenagers, receiving huge acclaim. Hostage Three is his very different but equally powerful new novel for teenagers.Nick lives near Oxford with his wife and family. His long commute to work gives his imagination time to explore places he's never visited.
Praise for In Darkness: In Darkness is a serious, nuanced, challenging novel. Trust me, there are plenty of young readers who hunger for exactly that
In Darkness is brutal and stark, poetic and soulful - and definitely worth keeping the light on for
Scotland on Sunday
Nick Lake's stories are suspenseful, violent and very frightening. They are also honest, morally complex and powered by a huge genorosity of spirit. He's a terrific writer in both senses of the word