In three words: uncomfortable, unsettling, tense
FIRST SENTENCE: “You know, Doc, you’re not the first shrink I’ve seen since I got back.”
WHY I read this: Chosen for July’s BOOKIES Book Club Selection.
WHAT’s it ABOUT: A Realtor is abducted while closing up an Open House on a beautiful day. She tries to put her life back to some kind of normal when it can never be ‘normal’ again. She is obsessed with finding answers to the questions that haunt her and has a difficult time knowing how to trust anyone ever again. The answers she does find are shocking and upsetting and heart-breaking.
WHAT’s GOOD/NOT so GOOD: I appreciated the set up of hearing Annie’s thoughts by way of what she tells her therapist. We rarely have any feedback from the therapist except through what Annie tells her. The unfolding of her experience in both the past and how she handles the present is extremely unsettling and heart-wrenching. I was on edge through the whole book and pay kudos to the author in setting a consistent tone and sympathy without being melodramatic. But I did not ‘enjoy’ the reading of this and am hesitant to rate it more than the obligatory 3 star rating which means ‘Yep, I read it and it was OK – for me.’
FINAL THOUGHTS: It is a fast-read and is hard to put down, so I can recommend this to people who like thrillers of this nature.
I recommend the following REVIEWS: Lenore HIGHLY recommends this, I agree with Rhapsody In Books, Michelle at That’s What She Read calls it an amazing debut, S.Krisha’s Books gives it 4 out of 5 in a concise review, and Staci at Life in the Thumb recommends this AND Stevens’ latest Never Knowing “She did it again!!”