Title: Still Missing
Author: Chevy Stevens
Release Date: July 6, 2010
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Mystery, Contemporary Fiction
Source: LibraryThing Early Reviewers
Rating: 4 out of 5
Realtor Annie O’Sullivan was about to close up the open house she was hosting when a nice man with a great smile stopped by. She decided to keep the house open just a little while longer for him. It turned out to be the biggest mistake of her life. Over a year later, Annie is seeing a therapist, and describing her experiences at the hands of this man, who kidnapped her and kept her captive for a year.
When Still Missing begins, we know a few things. Annie has returned home safely and is physically whole, if not emotionally. She also hasn’t been able to deal with her experiences, and as a result, is trying out therapy once again. As the story unfolds and Annie describes what she went through, the reader learns more about her captivity, as well as her life before and after the ordeal.
Annie isn’t the easiest character to like at the beginning of the novel. She’s combative, sarcastic, and it isn’t entirely clear that she wants help. As the novel progresses, though, the reader sees that she wasn’t always like that. And as the reader witnesses the horrible things inflicted upon Annie, it becomes easier to understand her and impossible not to feel for her. Therefore, though her attitude doesn’t change much until the last part of the book, the reader becomes much more sympathetic to her.
This book is an interesting psychological thriller as well. The things Annie is put through are horrific. It’s completely sickening and utterly terrifying, especially if you’re a woman. It can be very difficult to read at times as well, just because the reader is so angry and disgusted on Annie’s behalf. Stevens writes so vividly that the reader has to ask what they would do in that given situation. They become part of the story as they insert themselves into Annie’s predicament.
This is a terrifying, thrilling, and suspenseful novel. It definitely starts out slow, but it quickly becomes addictive. I could not put this book down and was racing forward in nail-biting anticipation, desperate to see what came next. The twists and turns are completely believable, as is Annie’s journey back to emotional stability. That part of it is slow going, but it’s rewarding to see her try to come to a place of some kind of peace, knowing what she’s been through.