Finished audio 2-17-12, rating 4/5, suspense, pub. 2010
Listened to this on a Playaway. 9 hours unabridged. Read by Angela Dawe.
Annie is a real estate agent and after an open house she finds herself kidnapped by ‘the freak.” She is held captive for over a year, repeatedly raped and forced to endure truly unimaginable things. You know right from the beginning that she survives and is somehow set free because the story is told by Annie’s sessions with a psychiatrist after the fact.
I may be one of the last bloggers to read this and I’m glad I finally got around to it. I’d read so many reviews that I was amazed that a few things still surprised me. For the gripping thriller everyone says it was, I thought it took awhile for me to really get interested in Annie’s story. It wasn’t until a certain point in her captivity (no spoilers here) that I really wanted to know that she would be okay. I was worried about her! Also, I was under the impression that this was mainly the story of her being kidnapped, but in reality much of the story deals with what happens after. And there is no shortage of things that happen upon her return to the real world. Just when you think Annie will catch a break, another twist will keep her and the reader guessing. My heart really did break for Annie even if when we meet her in the sessions she has a hard edge and is pretty messed up.
I liked this debut novel even if there were a few things that kept me from loving it. One of them being what my expectations were and what this story really was and the other being the somewhat slow start for me. I think lovers of thrillers with sometimes graphic descriptions will love this one. If you are more the cozy mystery type then this is probably one to skip. I am looking forward to reading her next one.
I really liked the reading by Angela Dawes. I thought her voice really captured Annie’s spirit, broken as it was.
I checked this out of the library.