Genre: Thriller

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Still Missing by Chevy Stevens

June 29, 2010 Book Review, reviews 12

Still Missing by Chevy StevensStill Missing by Chevy Stevens
Published by St. Martin's Press on July 6th, 2010
Genres: Fiction, Thriller
Pages: 352
Source: complimentary review copy
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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.
Appropriate for Adults due to violence and strong sexual content

Have you ever had that nightmare where you’re in a seemingly public place and then wham!

someone has a gun held to you and your forced into a van and taken away just like that?

 Annie is a realtor struggling to reach the top and finally gain a moment of respect and acceptance from her mother.  On a seemingly normal, slow day at an open house a man pulls up just as she is about to lock up to go meet her boyfriend for dinner.  This man looks respectable and like a good potential buyer. Unfortunately, he’s not.

The next year of Annie’s life is spent in hell in a remote mountain cabin.  We understand her life through Annie’s telling of it to her psychiatrist, only the thousandth one she’s visited since her harrowing escape. I could not put this book down.  While Annie is telling us about her life in the cabin there is also the police investigation to find out who was behind the kidnapping.  This book had me on pins and needles the whole time I was reading it! I was terrified for Annie; I was terrified for me! I was in the house alone at the time, with the windows wide open! And I was too scared to move to close them! Now isn’t that something? Has a book ever done that to you or am I the only fradey-cat?
The emotional roller-coaster that Annie goes through upon her return is so real, so volatile and just gut-wrenching! I wanted to reach inside the book and hold her tight. I wanted to hold all of those around her who had to watch Annie’s suffering but could not help her. She felt abandoned. She felt violated, betrayed. There’s so much that happens in this book that I want to throw open the pages for you, but then you’d miss guessing for yourself the plot that thickens and the “what happens next” feeling! Oh, you must read this book! It is simply a tour de force in mysteries! A fantastic debut! And come back here and tell me what you think! Please! I’d love to know.
Plot ~ 5+
Setting ~ 5
Characters ~ 5
Dialogue ~ 5
5 Quills! 

So many thanks to St Martin’s Press for the Advanced Reader’s Copy to review. It in no way influenced my opinion of this book.  This is my honest review.

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Reincarnation & Books Made Into Television Series

February 18, 2010 Book Review, reviews 0

reincarnationist

Some days it can be quite interesting to just “surf the net”…..like having one of those moments when you discover the new television series “Past Life” on FOXTV http://www.fox.com/pastlife/ which is based on M.J. Rose’s book The Reincarnationist.  I read The Reincarnationist back in 2007 when it was first released and had no idea it had been slated for t.v.  Discovering the new television series, I had to watch the episodes to see how closely to the book the show would follow.

In the show, Dr. Kate McGinn pairs with a former police officer, Price Whatley who was fired after poor job performance, ie – drinking too much & not showing up for work.  In the book photojournalist, Josh Ryder, enlists the help of The Phoenix Society to discover why he keeps having visions from 391 A.D. after surviving a terrorist attack.  The book moves quickly, thrusting you into the life of Julius and Josh Ryder in the first few pages….going from modern-day terrorism to early AD religious cleansing.  In “Past Life” different stories of regressions come to light in each episode; however, the Talmadge Center for Behavioral Health is center to each episode.

I cannot say I am in love with the show “Past Life” as there have only been 2 episodes shown so far, the next one to air 2/18.  I can say it definitely raises questions around the water cooler I’m sure, for anyone who has seen it.  So, have you seen “Past Life” & if so what did you think? Read The Reincarnationist? Believe in reincarnation?

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