I was about ten pages into this book and almost put it down because ha ha, I do not read books about torture, THANKS. But the Sarah is like, Blah blah blah that terrible thing I did to survive, and I am like, DAMMIT, fine, you got me with your foreshadowing.
And really, the only reason I made it through was because the torture isn’t specific and detailed or even that strongly implied. It isn’t the Theon scenes from Game of Thrones, is what I’m saying. You get the general idea, enough to be COMPLETELY APPALLED, but nothing lovingly painted for you by a bloodthirsty author. Torture is sort of my Thing That I Cannot Stand.
So Sarah is kept in the basement with two other girls and Jennifer is kept in a BOX in the basement for THREE YEARS and then Sarah does Something Horrible to escape and Jennifer dies (it’s not a spoiler if it’s something you find out in the first ten pages) and now it’s the present and Jack is up for parole because they could only get him on charges of kidnapping and Sarah is a recluse and the other two girls hate her only now they all have to band together to try to find Jennifer’s body so they can have Jack charged for murder.
Very tense situations ensue. Like, many. There are a lot of nighttime shenanigans and locked doors and vans with tinted windows and letters showing up under the door when no one is supposed to know where you are, it is stressful.
And good! And terrifying. But the good kind. But just barely.