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"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
Don't miss best-selling author Kwame Alexander's "Rebound," a new companion novel to his Newbery Award-winner, "The Crossover,"" illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Pre-order today
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Her escape/release is assumed as her story is told on two threads: her imprisonment and her sessions with a psychiatrist a year later. The author captures well her ordeal in a lock-tight mountain cabin: her desperation, fears, abuse, bizarre control, and her ability to cope and adapt. Good also, is her depiction of how such an ordeal lingers, such as often yielding to sleeping in a closet.
Detracting from the story, especially, upon her escape/release, are the various other characters: ex-boyfriend, girlfriend, mother, step-father, sympathetic cop, and even the perpetrator. They all seem awkwardly drawn and are often more a puzzle than a help to the story. The ending to it all is just not credible. The author shows good promise but somehow got lost in her own story.
This book is about a woman named Annie who is abducted from her job as a real estate agent. Once abducted, Annie faces a horrible reality that her abductor is looking for a wife (or slave as I saw) to take care of him. Facing horrifying circumstances of her capture Annie has to make a decision- to leave or to stay. And what happens when she leaves? Who is behind this nightmare that she had to live for almost a year? All of this is told eloquently through the eyes of Annie in between sessions with her therapist and the nightmare she lived with.
Awesome book – highly recommended – you won’t be disappointed!
Overall rating: 5 stars
Thrilling: 5 stars
Would read again?: YES.YES.YES