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Still Missing by Chevy Stevens

Still Missing

by Chevy Stevens

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This book had me gripped on the edge of my seat while reading it, it was brilliant!

I was really rooting for Annie and I felt her fear while she was kept captive by the evil freak. I cried when her beautiful baby, Hope died and i really felt like killing the freak!

When Annie buried that axe in his skull I was so overjoyed.

The book was worthy of five stars but the reason I gave it four was because when it transpired her mother was the one behind her getting abducted the reasons why that happened were weak and I felt like the author could have gone in a much more interesting direction such as implicating her best friend, boyfriend or both. Personally, I would have felt that would have been better in terms of the story.

All in all, I highly recommend it! I could not put this book down! ( )
  4everfanatical | Feb 5, 2016 |
Annie is just finishing up her open house, when a man with bright eyes and a charming smile pulls up. He seems interested and knows a lot about the listing. She takes him inside and shows him around. The next thing she knows, he has a gun in her back and he pushes her into the van. He abducts her and keeps her prisoner in his cabin in the mountains for a year. In sessions with her shrink, we hear Annie's firsthand account of her abduction and captivity and what happens afterwards.

I liked the way the story was told in sessions with the shrink. Annie was recalling what happened and telling it like a flashback. Because of this, we know that she somehow gets away from the cabin, but she never fully escapes her captivity.

The story is interesting, gory and difficult to read sometimes, but the details are not overdone. I can imagine what she went through without being too overwhelmed by the details. There is an unsettling twist near the end that points to an almost unbearably selfish motive. Annie is a strong person but she doesn't realize it. Watching her deal with what happened and gradually overcoming her fear and pain is heartbreaking and hopeful at the same time.

Recommended to:
Adults who enjoy Lisa Gardner, Jodi Picoult, difficult but realistic stories ( )
  Jadedog13 | Feb 3, 2016 |
I have mixed reviews on this one because just when I was starting to think this was a good novel, my hopes were dashed. What could have been a riveting novel turned into an almost impossible situation. Just when I thought the author had insight into her character, I found more cliches. Too bad. ( )
  Judy_Ryfinski | Jan 20, 2016 |
I have mixed reviews on this one because just when I was starting to think this was a good novel, my hopes were dashed. What could have been a riveting novel turned into an almost impossible situation. Just when I thought the author had insight into her character, I found more cliches. Too bad. ( )
  Judy_Ryfinski | Jan 20, 2016 |
Good first book. Liked the way the story was told with the flashbacks. Liked the beginning and middle more than the end. Was proud of myself for figuring it out before the end. A fun, quick read. ( )
  Charlie-Ravioli | Jan 18, 2016 |
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Stevens’ gripping debut novel starts at the end of Annie’s year-long ordeal, during which she was the physical and psychological captive of a blithe psychopath at his remote mountain cabin.. Stevens already has the goods for a strong career in psychological suspense.
The debut novel from local author Chevy Stevens, Still Missing is the story of a young female realtor who gets abducted by a psychopath with a wide range of creepy obsessions. Drugged and tossed in the back of a van, Annie O’Sullivan is held captive in a remote cabin on Vancouver Island... All in all, Stevens has given us a remarkably accomplished first novel.


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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.

Amazon Exclusive: Lisa Gardner Reviews Still Missing

New York Times bestselling crime novelist Lisa Gardner began her career in food service, but after her hair caught on fire numerous times she took the hint and focused on writing instead. A self-described research junkie, she has parlayed her interest in police procedure, cutting edge forensics, and twisted plots into a streak of 11 bestselling suspense novels, including her most recent release, The Neighbor. Read her guest review of Still Missing:

Heading to a beach? Boy do I have the book for you!

Every now and then a new author comes along that totally knocks one out of the park. As a reader, I’m always thrilled to discover a great new voice. As a writer, of course I’m insanely jealous and suffer a terrible case of why-didn’t-I-think-of-that? Given that debut author Chevy Stevens is young, beautiful and talented, I’ve been gnashing my teeth for months!

Still Missing represents psychological suspense at its very best. Realtor Annie O’Sullivan is abducted from an open house and held captive for a year in a remote cabin by a sadistic survivalist who considers her to be his wife as well as preferred breeding stock. His goal is to get her pregnant and live creepily-ever-after as the last man and woman on earth. Her goal is to get away from him.

Now, you know Annie wins this war as the book opens with her talking to a therapist. So you may ask, where is the suspense? I can’t give you a simple answer to that, other than to say every page crackles with it.

Still Missing creates one of the most haunting narratives I’ve read in years. On the one hand, survivor Annie is tough, angry, and brittle. The very worst has happened to her, and she escaped through her own ingenuity and frankly, savagery. On the other hand, survivor Annie is jumpy, terrified, and sleep-deprived. All these months later, she still can’t pee “off schedule.” In one of the more moving scenes of the novel, she downs a gallon of iced tea in order to force herself to urinate by her own free will. She can’t do it.

In addition to her compelling heroine, Stevens has created one of the best psychopaths since Hannibal Lecter—and that’s not something I say lightly. Annie refers to her captor simply as The Freak. Much like Hannibal, The Freak considers himself to be a civilized human being. Intelligent, good looking and resourceful, he’s an excellent “husband.” He has provided a charming cabin. He supplies fresh food—sometimes so fresh that city slicker Annie must bleed it out first, but details, details. Of course he has expectations of his wife. She must be well groomed, properly garbed, and 100% submissive. All failures to comply are met with The Freak’s idea of appropriate punishment. The Freak is also thoughtful and tender. Want to stop sleeping for a few nights? Read the scene where The Freak first shaves Annie. And he means it in the nicest sort of way.

Stevens skillfully juxtaposes the back story of Annie’s captivity with the front story of a woman desperately trying to reclaim her old life. As with all great suspense novels, the surprises abound. Annie thought she’d survived the worst with The Freak. But has she?

As the taut cat and mouse game unfolds, you will cheer for Annie. You will hate The Freak. And you will be absolutely mesmerized by the last line of this novel. Then, most likely, you will return to page one, and start it all over again.

So give yourself a summer vacation. Check out debut author Chevy Stevens, and soon you will be Still Missing.

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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 policesearch for her captor.… (more)

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