aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

Partial photos of faces - what should I read next

I've got two books on my bedside table. Which should I read next?

The One That I Want: A Novel by Allison Scotch. PW said, "Tilly Farmer is a high school guidance counselor who married her high school sweetheart, has never left her hometown of Westlake, Wash., and is sure that the key to her happiness is getting pregnant. When an unexpected encounter with an old grade school friend (now a psychic) leaves Tilly with the ability to see the future, what she foresees is not a baby but losing her husband to a job in Seattle. Though the far-fetched plot device feels tired, Scotch combines the fallout of Tilly's visions with the burdens of an alcoholic father, angry younger sister, and deceased mother to bring her character into focus. Scotch answers hard questions about the nature of personal identity and overwhelming loss with a wise, absorbing narrative."

Publishers Weekly gave Still Missing a starred review, and said, "Stevens's impressive debut, a thriller set on Vancouver Island, pulsates with suspense that gets a power boost from the jaw-dropping but credible closing twist. In psychiatric sessions, Annie O'Sullivan, a 32-year-old realtor with a nice boyfriend and a demanding mother, describes her year-long ordeal as the captive of a rapist. Annie was about to close up an open house for a property when an affable guy who introduced himself as David showed up. In short order, David kidnapped her and held her hostage in a remote mountain cabin. There, he raped her daily, regulated every moment, and forced her to play house. The intense plot alternates between Annie's creepy confinement, her escape, and her attempts to readjust to real life, from going to the bathroom when she wants to managing her own meals. Still, Annie knows that a large part of her soul is still missing. Her transformation from victim adds to the believability of the enthralling plot."

I just finished reading Stolen, a YA about a 16 year old who is also kidnapped and held captive for a long period of time, so it might be an interesting contrast. I've also heard a lot of buzz about Still Missing.

On the other hand, I really liked the last book by Scotch I read, Time of My Life, and it might be nice good to switch things up a bit.

What should I read next?

Still Missing
The One that I Want

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