Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Still Missing by Chevy Stevens

4.5 Stars - Read May 2, 2013

Annie O'Sullivan is a 32 year old realtor who is wrapping up an unproductive open house when a cash buyer walks through the door, kidnaps her and holds her captive for a year.  The story is told in therapy sessions retelling the story of Annie's imprisonment and is interspersed with current events of her life. 

Excuse my French, but HOLY SHIT.  This was not for the weak spirited.  It's graphic, it's terrifying, it takes you "there" so much that you put it down only to hear it calling you back for more.  If you enjoy the wild ride Gillian Flynn can take you on, buckle up and take a spin on this one.  The only disappointment for me is this is Chevy Stevens debut novel, so I'll have to wait and see if her brain can continually produce such twisted, fascinating stories.

Follow up:  One day a week or so after finishing this one (perhaps while you're still debating whether or not you have PTSD from reading it) you might wake up, flip on Good Morning America and see that Amanda Berry, Gina deJesus and Michelle Knight have been found after being held captive by their kidnapper for 10 years.  This book was so traumatizing because it is something that not only could, but does happen.

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