Annie O’Sullivan is like any other young, vibrant, 32 year-old woman in the world today balancing career, love, and family. She has good and bad days but on the whole life is on an upswing. She’s on the cusp of winning a major real estate deal that will push her into the big leagues and her boyfriend is crazy about her: what more could a girl ask for? Does this sound like the plot of a lighthearted, chick-lit novel? It’s not.
At the end of a slow open-house Annie is packing up when a promising prospective buyer arrives at the last minute. But David is more interested in Annie than the house. In an instant Annie’s whole world turns upside down and the reader sits back and watches the aftermath unfold.
Following her kidnapping and year of imprisonment, Annie must try to pick up the pieces after her escape from a madman. Like a voyeur, the reader observes as Annie slowly opens up to her psychiatrist about her ordeal, escape, and recovery. It’s a wonder that Annie functions at all. After a year of isolation where everything in her life is controlled–including when she is allowed to use the bathroom–and then winning her freedom, all Annie wants to do is lock herself away. But at her core she is a strong woman, and we see her fight to reclaim her life and work with the police to find the person responsible for her ordeal.
With a gripping plot, intense pacing, and emotional turmoil it only takes a few pages (or a couple of audio tracks in my case) to be completely enthralled by Annie’s story. I started listening to the audiobook one day and sat in my car for just one more track (actually, six more) because I couldn’t break away. The next day I took a long road trip, and reached the last few chapters, but I had to buy it for my Kindle because my friends would not let me sit in my car to hear the end. If you’re looking for a thrilling novel that has nothing to do with espionage, terrorism, lawyers or big business, this is the story for you. Try it on audio or in print form: you won’t be disappointed.
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