The subject matter of this book is not for everyone. I myself am never one to shy away from depressing or disturbing books so I dove right in. I quickly began to realize it was basically the sum of my worst fears put on paper, with several new, unimaginable fears thrown in. To be honest, I almost wanted to stop reading, but I kept going.
This is one of those books that you hesitate to say you loved. I mean, how can you love a book about a woman who was abducted, raped, and forced to live in terror? What I can say is that it is truly amazing. I loved the narration, the writing style and the way the plot unfolded. I felt so many emotions as I read. If this were a movie, it would be one where I watched while grimacing, with my hands over my eyes for much of it. In fact, I had to take breaks from reading, but would find myself still thinking about it and have to pick it back up and continue.
I like to think that you learn something new with each book you read. I think I learned something about myself as I read this book. As I ponder what Annie went through, I do not know if I would be strong enough to survive it. That being said, I think I did relate to Annie and if God forbid I ever were to go through anything like that, I would imagine my behavior in the aftermath would be very similar to hers.
All the descriptions you read on the back of the book—gripping, compelling, terrifying—are absolutely correct. This book grabbed me from start to finish, and ended with a twist that left me saddened but ultimately at peace.
While I probably wouldn’t recommend this book for everybody, I think for people who might be interested in reading it, you will not regret it. Unbelievable debut; I am glad I got the chance to read it and am a new fan of Chevy Stevens.
*I received a copy of this book for review.