If you prefer to skip books with detailed scenes of physical and sexual abuse of women, this is definitely one to avoid. In fact, ordinarily I would have avoided it as well, but I was looking for something “light” after a very emotional book! My predictive powers weren’t working very well in this instance.
Thirty-two year old Vancouver Island realtor Annie O’Sullivan is just finishing up an open house when the female realtor’s worst nightmare occurs: she is abducted by a man who stops by – ostensibly to see the house – just as she is about to close up. After a year of being held in captivity, repeatedly beaten, raped, and psychologically abused, Annie escapes. Most of the book is made up of her monologues describing her captivity to a therapist whom she sees to get help for her severe posttraumatic stress disorder.
The problem is, no one knows yet who her abductor was, and whether or not she is really safe. She doesn’t know whom to trust, and good reason to think her ordeal is not yet over.
Evaluation: Plenty of suspense, but also plenty horrific details of abuse. Such books aren’t meant to be great literature, but even so, I prefer mystery/thriller books that aren’t so full of misogynist violence. However, it’s not badly written.
Published by St. Martin’s Press, 2010