Whenever a book gets close to reality that just ups the creepy factor for me. Lily gets kidnapped when she's sixteen years old. Eight years later she escapes and makes her way home. This is a story about the struggles she goes through as she tries to get back to living the life that was ripped away from her. This was a pretty quick read for me so it was very readable and easy for me to get into.
Ironically I have tried to read Gone Girl twice now and haven't been able to get into it but didn't have that problem with this book. Rick is the ultimate bad guy and he's even scarier because he's a well respected member of the community which just shows you that you never know who the real monsters are since you might be sitting next to one at church or your kid might have him as a teacher. Rick is very twisted and disturbed which just ups the creepy. I am glad that the focus wasn't on Lily's time as his captive since I'm not so sure I'd be able to handle it.
I like that the story is focused on Lily and her family. Her family had troubles of their own over the years and I felt this book was done in a pretty realistic way although it seemed like Lily got back to normal a little fast but this is a book so I am okay with how it ended up. I do like that Lily has a twin since that was one heck of a thing that happened during Rick's sentencing. After flying through this I might want to give Gone Girl another try. Maybe that book isn't for me but I did enjoy this one.