I’m finally getting around to reviewing Still Missing (even though I missed the deadline for Julie’s blog), but first, a little recap from my day.
Today is a big voting day in Wisconsin (if you follow political news, you may know a bit about it), so James and I wanted to make sure we got a chance to vote. We knew it would be super busy this morning, so we decided to take a late lunch, leave work around 1 p.m., go vote, then grab some lunch.
We stopped at Panera before heading back to work and I got this amazing Thai Chicken Chopped salad and a frozen lemonade.
The salad was amazing — it was full of edamame, wonton strips, carrots, and so much goodness.
It was also great to see James for a brief period of time during work, it’s always a welcome change.
After work, we finally went grocery shopping after being out of town the past few weekends. We got so much produce! I’m super excited to eat fresh fruit and vegetables this week and next!
I also bought some kale for the first time to make Kristen’s kale chips! I am very excited for that!
We used some of our new food to make a super quick and tasty dinner.
I prepped everything by first sprinkling the pork chops with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. I then halved a romaine heart and coated each half with some olive oil, salt, and pepper. I also loved looking at my bridesmaid’s bouquet from my sister’s wedding while I was working in the kitchen.
Then James took everything outside to grill (not the flowers, those are still in the kitchen).
It was a fresh, summer meal! And, to continue with the summer theme, I ate a popsicle for dessert.
Unfortunately, over Memorial Day weekend when it was 97 degrees, I made the mistake of giving Milo some of my popsicle, so now he always wants some. Sorry buddy, none for you today!
Last thing I’ll mention before the book review is that we FINALLY booked our tickets to Dallas for the wedding of one of our favorite couples!
Jeff went to law school with us and we love Brittany, so we had already rsvp-ed to the wedding and booked our hotel, and now we have our flights! Can’t wait!
Time for the review.
Still Missing by Chevy Stevens
Here is the synopsis from goodreads.com:
“On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a 32-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 a 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.”
So as you can see, this is an intense book. It’s definitely not for everyone including, honestly, me. The scenes that took place in the cabin were mostly too much for me. At two separate times, something happened that made me put the book down and not return to it for days (once an entire week). I also have to admit that I glossed over some of the graphic parts. When I could tell it was going to be too much for me, I skipped ahead a few pages (I think I did this twice). However, if you have a stronger stomach than me, this isn’t a bad book for a few reasons.
First, Stevens is a really good writer. I enjoyed the concept of Annie telling the entire story through sessions with her therapist, and I liked Stevens’s writing style. Likewise, there is a mystery about why she was kidnapped. I kept thinking the “why” would just turn out to be that she was in the wrong place at the wrong time, but there is an actual reason for her kidnapping.
I think this is an interesting book, but I neither recommend it nor am saying that you should avoid it at all costs either. I think it is a difficult book to read, emotionally, but I also think it keeps you intrigued with twists and turns (although I HATED the reason she was kidnapped). As long as you know what you are getting into (and I did not), this book will probably keep your interest — if you skip a part or two.
But if my close friends ask (including my mom and sister), I’m saying skip it — there is already too much bad stuff in the world, I would rather read something more uplifting.