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  • Kimberly Eberwine - Hutzler 571, You Complete MeA while back - and you would think that I would remember the exact date because it really was such a pivotal moment in my life - the existence of the Hutzler 571 was brought to my attention. Since then, it has been an admittedly-lofty dream of mine to own this fantastic device, but alas, for a variety of reasons both economic and personal, a dream which has been out of my reach. I had come to think that I would never experience the bliss of owning my very own Hutzler 571... until today.
    For, on this very day, my parents bestowed upon me a gift which is greater than life itself. Unbeknownst to me, but totally knownst to my parents, they had secured for me the prized Hutzler 571. It was presented to me unassumingly, wrapped in somewhat nondescript plaid Christmas paper. I opened it, and nearly fell backwards from the sheer rapture of seeing the Hutzler 571 in my very own hands. Tears sprang to my eyes, right there in public. It was a bit embarrassing, actually, now that I think about it.
    But then... THEN! I took it home and USED it. Admittedly, I was fortunate to have bananas that curved the right way and, thanks to so many of the other reviews here on Amazon, I knew that I needed to peel the banana before attempting to use my Hutzler 571. And use it, I did. My first banana sliced up so perfectly that, after I finished eating it, I sliced another. And another. And another! Peel, slice, eat... peel, slice, eat... until all of my bananas were gone. Each and every time I was impressed with the ease with which the Hutzler 571 slid so gracefully through the fruit. It did not fail or falter even ONCE. Gone are the days when I will slice my bananas with a basic table knife like some sort of plebe... Like a modern-day Michelangelo, I will henceforth sculpt all of my bananas into perfectly-formed slices fit for a god.
    To say that the Hutzler 571 has completed me is probably giving short shrift to the impact it will have on my life from this point forward. Thank you, Hutzler 571, for everything you have done and will do for me and my bananas. Just... THANK YOU for making this the BEST DAY EVER.
  • Macca - AwesomeOMG! I've just been on one of the scariest, most disturbing rides ever! What a nightmare - WOW!

    Annie O' Sullivan, a Realtor, heads out to show a house one summer afternoon. Near the close of the open house, Annie is abducted by a potential client, a stranger who drugs and transports her to a remote mountain cabin on Vancouver Island where he repeatedly beats, rapes, and terrorizes her. As the days and nights of her captivity begin to blur together, Annie is forced to conform to the whims of a psychopath, "The Freak", and to sacrifice parts of herself in an effort to survive. When she resurfaces a year later, it is as a shell of the person she used to be.

    Annie's story unravels in a series of sessions with her psychiatrist, each of which finds her recounting her struggles, both to endure her abductor's brutality and to regain a semblance of normalcy. These alternating series of events unfold in chronological order, which is an effective mechanism to show both the depth of Annie's despair and the significance of her progress.

    Still Missing succeeds because it is believable; the pace is superb. It also forces the reader to identify with Annie, however uncomfortably; we find ourselves wondering how we would fare in her horrendous situation, faced with a merciless captor.

    This book moves with the thrill of the very best page-turners, with an ending you just do not see coming.