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Thursday, July 14, 2011

"Still Missing" & "A Stolen Life"

(Original post on Thursday) I finished Still Missing last night around 11:30 pm. Woah, was that a ride. A coworker of mine had told me she had read it just after I decided to buy it at Target on my lunch break. Great decision!

Just a little bit of the plot: Annie O'Sullivan is a realtor on Vancouver Island who is dating a lovely man and only slightly likes her mother and stepfather. One day, she is hosting a slow open house when a gentlemen decides he wants to see the house. Before she knows it, the gentlemen with the charming smile has a gun to her back and is telling her to get into his van. She is held captive for a year up in the woods and has to bear horrific routines, chores, rules and abuse. She escapes, however, and the book is broken up in sessions with her therapist. She speaks the whole time, retelling the stories of what happened on the mountain and what is going on now that she is home. With so many twists and turns, this novel is way more than what I have already described.

(New post, Sunday afternoon 7/17)
In conclusion, this book might not be literary genius but it is an eye grabber and you become hooked. And it is not hard to get wrapped up in the story and find yourself grinding your teeth, making fists or find yourself with your jaw touching the floor!

AND - Special extra! I just finished A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard, an instant favorite of mine. Here is a good review of the book, you can find it here.

I think this critic does an amazing job describing the best qualities of the book, so if you want to go ahead and read that to get insight into the instant bestseller! I read this in 3 or 4 days. I feel very proud of my reading lately!

So I have read two books back to back about women who are held captive. One (Still Missing) a fictional story of a 30-something who is kept for a year. The other, (A Stolen Life) a real life horror about a pre-teen girl taken and held captive for 18 years before she is reunited with her family and friends. Both are very powerful and captivating. They are eerily similar but different at the same time. Both are wonderful! Happy reading everyone!


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