Book Review: Still Missing – Chevy Stevens

Title: Still Missing
Author: Chevy Stevens
ISBN: 9780312595678
Pages: 352
Release Date: July 6, 2010
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Mystery, Contemporary Fiction
Source: LibraryThing Early Reviewers
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:

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.

Review:

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.

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Comments

  1. I have this one on my shelves, and I’ve just been waiting for some of the dust to settle. I think just about every review agreed that this was one powerful book that is not easily forgotten. Can’t wait to read it!

  2. I have this one on my shelves, and I’ve just been waiting for some of the dust to settle. I think just about every review agreed that this was one powerful book that is not easily forgotten. Can’t wait to read it!

  3. I am very interested in this book despite what I keep hearing about its graphic content. I could use a good nailbiter. Thanks for the review!

  4. I am very interested in this book despite what I keep hearing about its graphic content. I could use a good nailbiter. Thanks for the review!

  5. This is the 1st time I have completely disagreed with you, which I love btw. I think it was totally unbelievable.

    I think the author was able to create emotion with her vivid writing but believable, Never.

    You may be interested in my Vent/Discussion post.

    http://teawithmarce.blogspot.com/2010/09/discussionventing-time-for-still.html

  6. This is the 1st time I have completely disagreed with you, which I love btw. I think it was totally unbelievable.

    I think the author was able to create emotion with her vivid writing but believable, Never.

    You may be interested in my Vent/Discussion post.

    http://teawithmarce.blogspot.com/2010/09/discussionventing-time-for-still.html

  7. I feel like I want to get to know Annie. This book sounds like it could be powerful. I’ll definitely look into reading it!

  8. I feel like I want to get to know Annie. This book sounds like it could be powerful. I’ll definitely look into reading it!

  9. I loved this book and thought that it was totally engrossing. I liked how there were really two suspense stories in it and that even though Annie got home safely, her ordeal wasn’t over. A great book that I also couldn’t put down. I have not read anything else like this, so for me, it was really a standout. Excellent review, Swapna!

  10. I loved this book and thought that it was totally engrossing. I liked how there were really two suspense stories in it and that even though Annie got home safely, her ordeal wasn’t over. A great book that I also couldn’t put down. I have not read anything else like this, so for me, it was really a standout. Excellent review, Swapna!

  11. I agree with you 100%, that was exactly the way I felt about this one. I was worried at the beginning I wouldn’t get into it, but I became so engrossed in Annie’s turmoil that I didn’t want to put the book down, like I wanted to be sure she would be okay in the end.

  12. I agree with you 100%, that was exactly the way I felt about this one. I was worried at the beginning I wouldn’t get into it, but I became so engrossed in Annie’s turmoil that I didn’t want to put the book down, like I wanted to be sure she would be okay in the end.

  13. This book was definitely one of the best I have read this year.

  14. This book was definitely one of the best I have read this year.

  15. I’ve been on the fence about this one, but after reading your review, I think I’ll have to pick it up!

  16. I’ve been on the fence about this one, but after reading your review, I think I’ll have to pick it up!

  17. The reviews of this one have been mixed so I’m glad to see the opinion of someone I trust! Hopefully I can get to this one soon.

  18. The reviews of this one have been mixed so I’m glad to see the opinion of someone I trust! Hopefully I can get to this one soon.

  19. I’m glad you enjoyed it. This is one of those books that everyone else has read, so I feel like I don’t have to, LOL 🙂

  20. I’m glad you enjoyed it. This is one of those books that everyone else has read, so I feel like I don’t have to, LOL 🙂

  21. I won this in a giveaway and I’m going to try and read this for the RIP challenge. It sounds so scary … and every review I’ve read raves about it. Your review made me even more excited to read it.

  22. I won this in a giveaway and I’m going to try and read this for the RIP challenge. It sounds so scary … and every review I’ve read raves about it. Your review made me even more excited to read it.

  23. At long last I am getting the book this afternoon. Got it reserved from a sister library and they will be getting it down today. I cannot believe it – I thought I’d be the last person on this planet reading this book.

  24. At long last I am getting the book this afternoon. Got it reserved from a sister library and they will be getting it down today. I cannot believe it – I thought I’d be the last person on this planet reading this book.

  25. I was very impressed at this as a debut. I’ll definitely be watching for more from Chevy Stevens.

  26. I was very impressed at this as a debut. I’ll definitely be watching for more from Chevy Stevens.

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