I couldn't turn this one off, not for one minute. I am still shaking my head. It's violent and sad and it exploded all over me. Wow, don't miss it. And, what a unique approach, having the author tell the story to her psychiatrist. Can't wait for this author's next book.
I am not quite finished the first part but I cannot stand to be away from it. This is one of the best audio books I have ever listened to. I feel the emotions of the girl in the story. The reader does a great job too. I feel like taking a long trip just to be in my car and listen. GET IT!
Wow, all I can say is this is excellent. Angela took this book to a level I don't think I would have see if I were just reading it. The story is in itself interesting, but the Ms. Dawes makes the book. Her cadance and tone are perfect. Riveting, throughly enjoyed the book.
I really enjoyed this. First, narrator is great. Story is unexpectedly good. It starts out as an abduction story but then it changes into something more than that. has good twists and very real characters, little bit of love story but mostly good storytelling and characters. worth listening to.
Wow, I don't know if she has written anything else; but, this one is astonishing. Well worth a listen. Beware though, it will grab you by the nervous system.
This story got my attention right away and kept me interested in the outcome. There was enough mystery that made me want to find out more - location, intentions, and determinations of the characters. There was also some melancholy mixed in regarding the infant in the story. Overall, the ending was rather satisfying, and I would recommend this to a friend.
I probably should give this book three stars but I read it too soon after reading 'Room' which I liked a lot. My fault for not thinking - this girl's basically stuck in a room too. As stated in the book description, a realtor gets kidnapped at the end of an open house and spends a year locked away on a mountain with the kidnapper. The book is written as her telling her story to a psychiatrist whom she's visiting to 'talk it out' (at first she wants to help from the psychiatrist, but later it appears that she starts to take some advice). This was an interesting concept/way of choosing to write the book. As Annie is visiting the psyc, her case continues to be investigated - they're trying to figure out who kidnapped her and why. So sometimes the book goes back and forth between the time on the mountain and the present.I don't know what it is that just didn't do it for me. Maybe it was the ending, which was a bit of a stretch. Or how, after being so meticulous about everything else, the Freak managed to get himself killed (sorry, bit of a spoiler there). I think the author did a good job making you feel for Annie while she was up on the mountain - but once she got down, I just felt kind of 'blah' about it and wanted it to just end. I read some reviews on here where people couldn't put this book down. That wasn't my case and not just because I listened to it as an audiobook. :-)
I found myself completely engrossed for about 3/4 of the book. The accounts as told to the therapist were believable and extremely chilling. It really fell apart and crossed the line past the believable point toward the end, however. Over all, a good read.
I tried not to let the reviews on this affect the way I approached it. Unfortunately, the ones which referred to the faults of the book are correct.
Brilliant, very convincing start, then the ennui sets in. It _felt_ as if the author didn't really know where it was going.
Then what felt like ought to be the denoument coming at other than the end of the book. Agreed, that's going to be arguable.
Then the plod through a set of cliches to get to an unsatisfying ending.
I realise this is a difficult area of fiction, and at least it isn't Vampires, so there are positives. I think this writer will improve and has a story to tell.
Just not too sure this one is the best.