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Still Missing

A book by Chevy Stevens

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Fast Paced - A Great Beach Read

  • Jun 8, 2010
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I really enjoyed reading this book. Once I started, I was hooked and couldn't stop until it was done less than a day later.

It is a quick read and kept me enthralled till the end.

The style of writing is great, a combination of narration by the main character, Annie, as told to her therapist in the present tense, coupled with storytelling as the events from the past unfolded. The switching of style never got in the way of the story and the writing was well done. It is an easy style of writing, very conversational which is why it was an easy and comfortable read.

The plot is unique and terrifying. The personality changes of Annie as she is held captive are believable and much of the story is a great study in what happens to someone in such a highly controlled and institutional environment. This could easily have gone the wrong way if we couldn't connect with Annie's struggles.

The insight into the victim's life after release was amazing. I found myself thinking about so many of the highly publicized stories of others that had been held for days, months or years. It is easy to forget that the healing process is a long and hard one and just because someone is back in safety, doesn't mean that they have any sense of security.

My only criticism is that just past the midway point, the story got a little far fetched and started sounding like a Lifetime Channel movie. The plot stretched just a little too much. But, it was still a good story and extended the initial concept further.

An easy read, great for the summer or a long airplane ride.

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review by . April 01, 2011
In a story about a Realtor who's abducted, trapped, beaten, raped, and forced into a living hell, you have to expect some rough territory. And indeed, there are several points in Still Missing where it's hard to turn the page. Difficult, due to the subject matter, not to simply put the book down and walk away for a while.      And yet, Chevy Stevens has the knack of compelling you to turn the page anyway, convincing you to keep going, which makes Still Missing a book …
review by . July 12, 2010
I really enjoyed the structure of this book- a kidnap victim talking to her therapist to work through her complicated fears and feelings in the aftermath of the abduction. The narrative voice was strong, and Annie was definitely a character that pulls the reader into the story. The majority of the book deals with Annie's quest to recapture some of the life she used to lead, and this portion of the narrative is definitely 5 stars. For me, the ongoing question of the identity of her captor was less …
review by . July 07, 2010
Still Missing is about a young woman named Annie O'Sullivan. She's 32, a real estate agent, has a patient and loving boyfriend, lives in her dream house with her dog Emma. Things are looking up for her at work since she is in the running for head realtor of a big condo complex. Her biggest worries are when her mother plans on returning her cappuccino maker, arriving on time for dinner with the boyfriend and selling the property that she is hosting an open house for. At the end of her day when her …
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On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a 32-year-old realtor, had three goals—sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she's about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all.

Interwoven with the story of the year Annie spent as the captive of a psychopath in a remote mountain cabin, which unfolds through sessions with her psychiatrist, is a second narrative recounting events following her escape—her struggle to piece her shattered life back together and the ongoing police investigation into the identity of her captor.

Still Missing is that rare debut find--a shocking, visceral, brutal and beautifully crafted debut novel.

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New York Timesbestselling crime novelist Lisa Gardner began her career in food service, but after her hair caught on fire numerous times she took the hint and focused on writing instead. A self-described research junkie, she has parlayed her interest in police procedure, cutting edge forensics, and twisted plots into a streak of 11 bestselling suspense novels, including her most recent release, The Neighbor. Read her guest review ofStill Missing:

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ISBN-10: 0312595670
ISBN-13: 978-0312595678
Author: Chevy Stevens
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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