Monday, July 5, 2010

Stunning Debut Novel Coming Out Tomorrow

On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a thirty-two year old realtor, had three goals—sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever- patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she's about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all. Interwoven with the story of the year Annie spent as the captive of psychopath in a remote mountain cabin, which unfolds through sessions with her psychiatrist, is a second narrative recounting events following her escape—her struggle to piece her shattered life back together and the ongoing police investigation into the identity of her captor.

The truth doesn’t always set you free.

Still Missing is that rare debut find--a shocking, visceral, brutal and beautifully crafted debut novel.

Jackie says:
"This is a powerhouse of a debut novel, and is certainly one of the "buzz" books this summer. And justifiably so. This is a masterful book of psychological suspense and a brilliant character study that is haunting in its extremes--a real summer page turner with some serious literary chops.

It's the story of Anne O'Sullivan, a 32 year old realtor who was abducted from an open
house and held captive for over a year in a mountain cabin by a psychopath whom she only
refers to as 'The Freak', who wants his own family. There are moments of graphic
violence, but the true horror comes from the constant and unpredictable possibility of it. The most interesting thing is that the story is told in a single voice--Anne's--as she tells her therapist about her confinement, her escape, and how she's adjusting, or not adjusting, now that she's 'back'. It's about the aftereffects of trauma as much as it is about the trauma itself. It's about what surviving does to a person, how it changes them, how to go back to an old life as a new person. It's utterly fascinating, and some of the points brought up by Anne in her sessions will linger with you for a long, long, long time. The last line of the book will break your heart--but do not cheat and read ahead--it's far better you end the book on that note. Trust me on this."

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