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Chevy Stevens has been widely praised for this, her first book. The praise is justified. The narrator also does a fine job. However, what they both do is to portray a singularly horrible event which is very hard to hear. The protagonist, Anne, is kidnapped, imprisoned and tortured by an over-the-top control freak, a truly loony and scary psychopath who controls Anne's every breath. The atmosphere is so claustrophobic and so frightening that the book is not for the squeamish, and I find myself to be one of those, a little surprisingly to me. I love a good murder mystery, but this is not that. The details are authoritative and the story so well told that it turns your stomach. If you can stand the heat, fine, but for the rest of us, better that we stay out of this particular kitchen.
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So apparently Chevy Stevens had gotten wide acclaim for this, her first book and I can definitely see why. The actual writing was 'ok' to be honest and there are moments in the book where I find myself getting annoyed with the main character 'Annie O’Sullivan' herself. Clearly I am not a young woman who has never been abducted but let’s just say I doubt I would have made with some of the decisions she made. I actually enjoyed how the story was done... from the vantage point of therapy sessions. You can see how she has somewhat of a mental breakdown through the therapy sessions as she works through certain aspects of what happened. The thing though that made this book stand out was the ending... All I can say is that I did NOT see that coming....
Angela Dawe did an exceptional job to be honest. She was able to portray that 'unfurling from at ends' feeling whilst listening to the book which was actually quite fitting for this book.
Initially while writing this review I was on the fence about this book to be honest but thinking back now.... the good outweighs the bad. I am not going to say this was some work of art however it was interesting and that twist! That ending twist was truly something.
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