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

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.

12 Responses to “Still Missing by Chevy Stevens”

  1. Marce

    I have to say if this wasn't already on my Wishlist can't wait to read it would be now, fantastic review.

    This seems to be a popular choice this month.

  2. Juju at Tales of

    Sounds spooky!
    This would make me mega paranoid.
    It reminds me of all those recent cases of women being kidnapped and locked up. Yowzers!

  3. Mystica

    I have been desperately trying to get this book but have failed! Hopefully will get it at some stage. Thanks for this review – just makes me more determined to find a copy.

  4. Julie P

    I read another great review about this book earlier today. Can't wait to get my hands on it!

  5. Jenners

    Aha … I see why you were raving about this book. And it does sound scary … like something that could feasibly happen to almost anyone. When I read it, I'll only read it during the day (as I am a fraidy cat).

  6. Stacy at A Novel Source

    Marce – thank you for your kind words!
    Juju – yes, I have been quite paranoid since reading it! You just would not believe!
    Mystica – I sent you an email about that.
    Julie – it's worth it! Great read!
    Jenners – it's ok, I'm a fraidy cat too! we can wear our fraidy cat costumes together 🙂

  7. Katie

    It really is a fantastic read! Tell me how you like it if you get a chance to read it!

  8. Michelle (Red Headed Book Child)

    This book sounds absolutely thrilling and right up my alley. You wrote a good review that got me hooked. I think my bookstore has a old ARC of this one lying around. Hmmm, perhaps I should snag it?!!!

  9. Aths

    I'm sooo glad that you strongly recommend this book! I will be reading this next week and am definitely looking forward to it! 🙂

  10. Amy

    this looks great but will I still be able to sleep? "Remote cabin" in itself sounds frightening!

    Great review!

  11. Michelle (Red Headed Book Child)

    Stacy, I totally snagged it! I'm super excited to read it now!

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