I hope everyone is having a great Memorial Day Weekend! Luke and I spent the weekend at the beach in Kennebunkport, Maine. Our weekend was filled with lots of good food, wine and fun with Teddy!
The book tells the story of a realtor, Annie, who goes missing. She is abducted at one of the open houses she is hosting and is taken to a secluded cabin, forced to live there with her abductor for a long period of time. I don’t want to give the plot of the book away, so I won’t say much more than that. The end of the book has quite a plot twist and is definitely unexpected.
Here is the Amazon.com book description:
On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a thirty-two-year-old Realtor, had three goals: sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all. Interwoven with the story of the year Annie spent captive in a remote mountain cabin — which unfolds through sessions with her psychiatrist — is a second narrative recounting the nightmare that follows her escape: her struggle to piece her shattered life back together, the ongoing police investigation into the identity of her captor, and the disturbing sense that things are far from over. The truth doesn’t always set you free. Still Missing is a shocking, visceral, brutal, and beautifully crafted debut novel about surviving the unsurvivable — and living to bear witness.
To be honest, I’m not really sure I liked the book overall, though it was a bit of a page turner and did keep me interested. It got tons of great reviews, which surprises me because I just didn’t think it was that good. It is definitely not for the faint of heart, as a lot of the book is quite disturbing. Much of the book focuses on the repeated raping and abuse that occurs. The story of her being held captive is interwoven with the therapy sessions she has after the abduction, which gives you a sense of how disturbed Annie is during and following the abduction. I thought the author did a good job of helping the reader understand what Annie was going through, which was necessary since most of us can’t relate to being abducted.
Many people said this book is a great “beach read”. The book definitely has a level of suspense, but it just wasn’t my cup of tea. Maybe I just prefer more lighthearted books :). I just started reading The Selection, a dystopian book that sort of does a play on The Bachelor. I’m already over halfway through!
Enjoy what’s left of the long weekend – I’ll be back with a new recipe tomorrow!