Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Still Missing by Chevy Stevens

Still MissingStill Missing by Chevy Stevens

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an adult thriller (rated NC-17 for subject matter)

Book Summary

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.

My Review

This story isn’t for the faint of heart. It deals with tough issues and is brilliantly written. You will feel what Annie felt through her gripping journey into the past and back to the present. Neither is any good. This is the kind of story that will stick with you long after you close the book.

I feel numb for a story that wasn’t about me but so real it could be me. And that is just scary in itself. I cringed and covered my eyes as I listened to the story unfold as if I could stop hearing the bad things that happened.

The author is brilliant in her execution of this story by telling it through Annie’s therapy sessions. It gives nothing away to say she survived the horrific ordeal because surviving didn’t me the bad things that happened to her or because of what she went through was over.

The characters are well crafted and I must say when you can feel all that Annie felt even the parts you shouldn’t feel, you understood why she could feel them. Some of the parts that brought me closest to tears is what Annie lost because of what was taken from her. None of it her fault, yet she was a loser in my mind all around. But the book isn’t all depressing. This story is a story about survival that doesn’t end when she was free from the freak (her words).

If you’ve ever been violated or held against your will this may not be the story for you. At the same time, some in that category may find it still to be a good read. So I will leave that decision to each individual with that warning. With that said, I do recommend.

Audio Review
Angela Dawe did a fantastic job with this story. It felt like she was Annie telling her own story. I’ve listened to a lot of great narrations and this is one of them.

It almost seems bad to have a book boyfriend. But if I didn’t the freak would win. So my book boyfriend is Gary. And there is so many reason why I chose him. You’ll have to read to find out.


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