It doesn’t happen often, but now and again I will read a book that annoys me. Part of it was because it was a good premise, however it wasn’t very well executed. Far too much gratuitous drama and attention on minor characters.
The other part was just overall annoyance at the plot and characters in general.
That in itself isn’t necessarily a bad thing. You know what they say, if you’re talking about a book it must have had something in it that moved you, made you angry or just plain annoyed you.
The way Lily was allowed to make decisions above police procedures, just for an extra dramatic scene, was unrealistic. That her first instinct wasn’t to call the authorities at all, and yes I do understand her paranoia, was a little hard to swallow.
I also understand the author wanting to emphasis how families are completely torn apart by crimes such as this one. Saying that, there was way too much focus on Lily’s mother and her choice of boyfriend. It gave nothing to the story.
The story would have been tighter and more enjoyable if the focus had remained on Lily and her abductor. Focusing on the victim-blaming and victim-shaming mentality of the media and society. The way people would rather believe the word of a proven rapist and abuser, because he is an upstanding member of society, rather than believing the word of a young damaged woman.
This is exactly what Overton tries to do, but those elements are drowned out by the mother and the Abby’s personal drama.
The end was slightly muddled in a sense that Overton could have taken it in a variety of interesting directions. Abby implying Lily may feel something other than hate for her abductor for instance. It opened so many doors on a moral and psychological level.
The author has great ideas they just need to be reined in and given more structure and direction.