Lucy Christopher
Writer, Teacher, Speaker


Release Book Cover

He kidnapped her ten years ago.
Now she’s in control.


Release - June 2022

‘Ever since I got here, I‘ve been scanning the courtroom, waiting for you. Even after everything, it is still always you, inside my head, inside me. Will it ever be any different?’

Ten years ago, sixteen-year-old Gemma Toombs was kidnapped from Bangkok Airport by an infatuated drifter, Tyler MacFarlane, who took her to a secret den in the Australian desert. Now her name is Kate Stone and it’s her turn to confront Ty and try to find answers to the questions that have obsessed her since her ordeal. What is the legacy of this coercive relationship? Who holds the cards now? In the confusion of past and present, will Kate remain trapped in a deranged dance of desire and revenge? Or will she regain control and find release?

Both a courtroom drama and a road trip in the searing heat of the West Australian desert, Release is the story of two people confronting each other, each intent on destruction and survival.


RELEASE is available to pre-order now. See links below.

Currently it has two publication dates with the fantastic Text Publishing. Its birth will be in Australia on 31 May 2022 followed by the UK on 30 June 2022. It’ll shortly go on submission with US publishers, and fingers crossed it finds a home there too.

Australia / New Zealand:

United Kingdom:

US + Other Countries

RELEASE is due to go on submission with US publishers soon. However, there are some international delivery options if you’re not keen on waiting! Amazon UK or even Readings offer global delivery.

Companion to Stolen

Release is my first book for adults and is a companion to my bestselling YA novel Stolen. It’s a gripping psychological thriller that explores a young woman’s discovery of the complicated truth about a relationship that once seemed alluring.

Stolen - written by Lucy Christopher

Comments (39)

  • I came across this book at Barnes and Nobles like I think 6 or 8 years ago…? Anyways once a year or two I pick this book back up and reread it …loving it more and more each time and hoping there will be a sequel! Well it is FINALLY happening and I can’t be more ECSTATIC!!! Thank you Lucy!! I can’t wait from the US!!! ☺️

  • I literally can’t wait for the second book OMG!!!!!. I’ve been praying for 6 years for this book to have a sequel. THANK YOUUUUU

  • I could CRY. I read Stolen years ago and have felt like I’ve constantly hunted for a book to make me feel the same way! Please please please let this be available in the US! My first copy of stole is in shambles from the years upon years of re-reading this book and I will have to re-order a newer copy. I LOVE THIS

  • Just read stolen for the first time in class and LOVED IT!!!!! I was looking it up to buy my own copy and found out that there would be a sequel. I was so excited I even told my teacher because she also read Stolen and she will be reading Release as well. Im soooooo excited for this book

  • I remember falling in love with Stolen when I was in middle school, now almost 10 years later, I was reminded of my love for this book when I had to do an essay on a class for college, and Stolen what was what came to mind instantly!! As I am 22 now, I genuinely feel like I have a different perception of this book through “older” eyes. I rebought Stolen, finished it the same day it came in the mail, looked for more writing by our beloved Lucy, and SAW THIS?!?!?! I live in the United States, but I asked my friend to preorder for me who lives in the UK, and hopefully get my hands on this baby soon!!! So excited and absolutely love Lucy Christopher’s writing. <3

  • Ewelina Świętokrzyska

    Your book inspired mine A LOT. It’s different, but it’s also about kidnapping, but not… typical kidnapping. I’ll release it soon – in Poland – so you probably won’t hear about it. I just wanted you to know, that “Stolen” is one of my favourite books ever, and thanks to you I created mine. You gave me courage. I’ll never forget the atmosphere that you created. Thank you.

  • I read this book when I was in middle school. I was searching for my next book read & I asked my friend any recommendations. She DID NOT disappoint. Oh my the way Lucy Christopher describe the scenery & Australia blew my imagination. This woman can write I felt like I was watching a movie when reading Stolen. It holds a special place in my heart no kidding. Finally my dreams are coming true. I knew in my gut that no way this book is leaving its mark it had to be a sequel. I’m looking any update for the U.S. release. I’m most definitely purchasing this book for my friend & I. Super EXCITED!!!!!

  • I love your book Stolen i’ve been dying to see if there is a part 2. And there is! A bit bummed that we don’t any shipping for here in the usa. But i’m still excited both ways!!

  • Cannot wait for this. I am in the U.S. and I’m bummed there’s no release date yet. Any way you can release an excerpt or sample? 🤞

  • I’ve loved Stolen as long as I can remember. I still think about this book after so many years. Soooo beyond excited for the sequel!!!!!

  • What can I do to have an ARC? I just re-read Stolen again and I’m sitting here staring at my laptop and wondering how the hell I am going to wait until June to read this. Thanks for creating such magic in our lives with your work, Lucy!

  • This is the best news ever! This book was definitely one of the most interesting and facsinating books I have ever read! I think about the story so often, I don’t know why it had such an effect on me. I was 17 when I read it and still after 10 years I think about it and have goosebumps. I read it in German (twice) and I was just checking what the name is in English (to read it again, but only in English) and find out that there is going to be another book. I am SO EXCITED and looking forward to it!

  • I will literally pass away. Stolen has been my favorite book since i first read it, i cannot buy it in Brazil right now and i don’t think i will be able to buy Release but i wish more people new about the absolute masterpiece Stolen is and Release won’t fall behind.

  • i just finished stolen last night and i can’t get it out of my head!! it’s absolutely crazy and i just wanna thank Lucy Christopher for closing the story and writing another book to finish it! i had so many questions left. I hope Ty and Gemma both end up happy TOGETHER, though (probably not gonna happen but a girl can dream!) Cant wait to find out the US release date

  • I am so excited! Stolen was one of the first books to ever get me into reading and it has a special place in my heart. Any news on whether there will be any signed editions or how to get hold of an ARC? I can’t wait ☺️

  • Hello
    I am from Vanuatu and I have just started reading “Stolen” 2 days ago and finished it today! I bought it at one of our second hand shops here that sells books as well.
    I cant believe the different emotions I am having as I read through the book. I ended up crying. So I decided to look you up on social media and found this AAAAHHH I AM VERY EXCITED AND CANT WAIT TO READ THIS!!!

  • Hey, do you know why the author decided to put Release under “Adult” instead of under YA like Stolen is? Stolen was surprisingly a very clean book, as in there was nothing physical between the characters, that’s why it was YA. So I’m wondering why Release is an “Adult” book. Could be violence, but I’m not sure.

  • I read Stolen in high school and now that I have graduated from college, I can’t believe the sequal is out!! I have been waiting so long and I’m so happy it’s finally happening.

  • I’ve read Stolen about a year ago, and it hasn’t left my mind since. I cannot explain how relieved I am to hear that there’s a continuation to my favorite book. I was left feeling empty & confused. I fell in love with Ty and Gemma, and I needed more. Thank you Lucy Christopher for doing what no other author was able to do for me. Your talent truly has affected my life.

  • i just finished Stolen earlier today and it’s been on my mind ever since i’m very happy finding out that there’s going to be a sequel can’t wait to see Gemma again she’s one of my comfort book characters

  • I haven’t stopped thinking about this book since I read it 5+ years ago. I searched online for it and finally found a copy to re-read. It was still just as good as the first time. Knowing there will be a sequel, I’m just so happy to finally hear the end of Gemma and Ty’s story!

  • I just finished Stolen. Although I think it ended perfectly and just right to make me bawl my eyes out, I couldn’t help but wish for insight on the lives of the characters during and post trial. After getting so attached to the characters, I am ecstatic that you really are providing the opportunity to follow up with these characters. I cannot wait!

  • I just read Stolen for the first time, having intended to read it for years and years. I finished it yesterday and it hasn’t left my mind since I finished it so I thought I’d check if there was a sequel, not thinking there would be. Seeing that this will be released next year, I actually had a cry. I love that books can get into our souls like that. Can’t wait to devour this when it’s released!

  • So excited for the release of this book! I first read it years ago when I was a freshman in High School and I loved the story. It was one of those books that has always stuck with me, and for some reason I just decided to pull it out of the bookshelf and re-read it. Just finished it and checked this website to see what other books she had. So happy to hear there will be a follow up, I always wanted to know how the story continued!

  • I cannot wait to read this book, I first read Stolen when it came out, as a young preteen in the corner of the local university library. It left such an impact on me and made for severe inspiration in most of my senior HSC essays. Very excited!!

  • I am so excited! I have been obsessed with Stolen for a very long time now, and I loved every second of it. I will never forget how emotional I got when I finished reading it. I am so looking forward for the sequel, and I am very curious to see what is going to happen next. I cannot wait.

  • I am so excited. I’ve turned this book into a lesson when I was a student aid in high school. It was fascinating seeing all the opinions everyone had on what was to come next. I’m very intrigued to see how the story progresses in this next book.

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