Still Missing

Still Missing

Book - 2010
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Captured by a psychopath posing as an interested house buyer, realtor Annie spends a brutally traumatic year in captivity in a remote mountain cabin and recounts her experiences and dramatic escape to her therapist while agonizing over the ongoing police search for her captor.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312595678
0312595670
Characteristics: 342 p. ; 25 cm

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goddessbeth
Mar 25, 2017

I can't believe this was Chevy Stevens' first novel. It's incredibly suspenseful, which is amazing given it's told in flashback/memory (so you know the MC survives her ordeal) as Annie recounts her experience to her therapist. This author has such a talent for creating and holding tension throughout the narrative, without having to resort to cheap tricks or rely on cliches.

I read this book in three days- that's the kind of pace it has. I generally read before bed, and choosing a thriller like this and then trying to sleep...not my best idea ever. Needless to say, I really felt for Annie. Growing up, I remember the flurries of fear as one and another girl was abducted from her home in SoCal and other nearby areas. Many were never found, that I can recall. Most that had any sort of ending resulted in corpses. I believe Elizabeth Smart was the only one during that era who survived. So the fear of being abducted, held captive, mentally tortured (and physically tortured) by a psychopath....yep, definitely alive and well in my mind.

But this story is also more than just the abduction and how traumatized Annie is. It's about the connections we make with others, it's about family dynamics, it's about blame and forgiveness. And none of these are handled in a way that felt disrespectful to survivors of trauma, or less than genuine. Stevens clearly did her research with survivors, law, kidnapping, and more.

I highly recommend Still Missing if you like thrillers, suspense, crime, and a realistic handling of post-trauma mental illness. Thanks go to Jennie at http://www.jennieshaw.ca/ for recommending Chevy Stevens in general, and this book in particular.

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texasbooks
Sep 13, 2016

It was a great book. It was a hard topic to read about but makes you wonder how would I cope and survive the same Abuse?? Hard to put down for sure. The ending was a surprise. To find out someone close to her was involved was a twist in the story. The woman had a very strong faith to cope with her abuser for a year. Glad she was able to cope through it all. It could happen to anyone and that is what makes this book so special.

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cmfrakes
Sep 09, 2016

The book kept me intrigued and guessing the outcome until the end. Personally, a little too graphic on the sexual content. Overall good story.

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aprilhansen1234
Jul 31, 2016

boring to me

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wilqser
Dec 26, 2014

Psychological thriller about a women abducted and torturted after a day at work showing houses. A couch trip with a narrative of showing of how she is coping with the residual damage she suffered. Not very well written, the only redeeming quality of the narrative is that towards the end, turns out the kidnapping was much more complicated. I'd give it even this high a rating only in so much as it is her first novel.

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Mothercat
Nov 23, 2014

New author for me, really keen to read more of her work - gripping story of a woman abducted and how she got away and started about retrieving her life and sanity.

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CryMSanchez
Jun 27, 2014

This was an amazing book! It had everything a good story needs to have. I was immersed in it from the 1st paragraph I read. Chevy has a way of making you feel like you aren't reading the book, but in it. Which is, in this book's case, intense. Just as with her other one I wasn't prepared for what I was going to be reading about. I didn't want to read any reviews and it give something away. Just know that for a woman and a mother some of the things in this book will make you hold your breath.

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kristie1125
Jun 21, 2014

Absolutely brilliant!
I couldn't put it down. I was sucked in from the start and had to finish it.
It is a compelling story, that makes you think those thoughts, what could happen? What would I do? Could I survive?
I cried. I felt angry. I felt anixous.
I pictured this book completely in my mind, as if I were watching it unfold. Simply amazing!
This is one of the best book I've ever read!

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MillieBT
Jun 15, 2014

totally enjoyed this book couldn't put it down

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lilyofthevalley3
Apr 21, 2014

Great first novel for this author. I have to say I was disturbed by the topic because I had never read a book that described this kind of abuse. I was kept guessing until almost the end. Well done Chevy Stevens.

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