I rated this book a definite 5. I work in the mental health field so I can definitely say the description of the trauma after effects is very realistic. I could not stop reading this book. I actually closed my office door and kept reading after lunch - hoping my boss wouldn't discover me!
Wow. What a debut novel. I can hardly wait until the next book. Annie is abducted and held by a sadist, rapist who changes the way Annie views life. This book is written mostly through visits to Annies shrink. The book is very well written and grabs your attention. Very realistic. I highly recommend this book. Read and enjoy.
Loved this book. I didn't want to put it down. I was constantly wanting to know what was coming on the next pages. After reading, I have passed it on to my neighbor, who had the same experience. We are now looking forward to reading other books by this author! I always wonder about new authors. Chevy Stevens is definitely an author I will look for again and again.
Wow! This book is intense! It is a gripping page-turner. I couldn't get anything else done until I finished it. It is laid out in "Sessions", instead of chapters and is told completely by the victim in conversations with her therapist. Parts were definitely disturbing and I usually avoid disturbing, but it is laid out where, though heart-wrenching, I was absorbed and able to continue. It was well worth it.
Still Missing is an above average thriller about the abduction of a young woman, Annie O'Sullivan, and her year-long captivity. It was difficult reading about her life with her disturbed captor. The only thing making it bearable at times was knowing from the get-go that Annie got out of the situation (because Annie is describing these events after the fact to her psychiatrist). The second part of the novel that deals with Annie's trauma and the police investigation is just as thrilling and twisted.
I read Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens. I found her writing to be quite different, so I was debating on reading another one of her books. I am so glad that I did because I loved Still Missing . I couldn't put the book down. It kept me intrigued the whole time. There was even a twist at the end.
This book was excellent. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. As others have mentioned some parts are a little hard to read but made the book that much more compelling. I am looking forward to reading Chevy Stevens' next book.
This story is written about a female realtor who is abducted at the end of an open house. Her captor takes her to a remote cabin in the mountains and she remains with him for almost a year before she is able to get away, by finally killing him. The book is written in the first-person style, but we are given two different views. The first is Annie's view and thoughts during the abduction and captivity. The second view/thoughts are Annie talking to her psychiatrist. While sounding confusing writing it here, it's actually easy to keep track of which time we're in. The ending is also very surprising, to say the least!
I found the story to be somewhat emotionally disconcerting, and even though the author doesn't give us grizzly, graphic details, she does give us enough to let our minds draw the picture. And it's written so well that at times the reader may forget that it is a book of fiction and not a true-crime novel. While out of my normal genre, I like to make a change now and then to keep my mind alert, and this book fit the bill. I actually looked for more Chevy Stevens' books, it was THAT good.
This book had a pretty interesting premise. A woman is abducted by a madman for a year, and the reader learns the details as she shares them with her therapist; although we never hear from the therapist directly. Everything comes through Annie O'Sullivan's eyes...and they're quite bleak.
Annie's tone is bitter, sarcastic, angry and negative. So at first she can be off-putting. But once you understand everything she'd been through, it's easier to take.
The way things unfolded was something to behold...but the getting there began wearing thin. Annie tended to ramble in her recounting of day to day life with the captor, her early childhood, family, and present day to day life. I found myself urging her to get on with it, to move the plot along. How did you escape??
When we finally find out what went down, many unnecessary events were thrown in, which just weighed the plot down in my opinion and became distracting. It seemed everyone and their mother had some horrible thing happen in their past in this book. It felt a bit much.
Overall, it held my interest, but I found the tone dreary and depressing and was disappointed there wasn't much light at the end of Annie's tunnel. I could've read something else.
When I started this book I thought it was NOT going to be as good as I had thought it would be, but someone very special to me bought the thing brabd new for me and there was no way I was not going to finish it... I am so glad I stuck with it!!!! it turned out to be so good, and I cannot stop thinking about it.... BUT, don't count on getting my copy, I don't re-gift!!!!!!!
It's been a while since a book has kept me up at night! I couldn't put this one down! This story of a young woman abducted and held hostage for over a year is riveting. The story is told by Annie as she tells it to her psychiatrist - from the day of the abduction until the shocking conclusion. I could see the transition from the "before the abduction Annie" to the "after abduction Annie" in her thoughts and actions. I thought the author did a fantastic job making the story realistic from start to almost the end - although the end is shocking, it's a little bit out there. I have already been recommending this book to others and will definitely add Ms. Stevens to my "must read" author list. 5 stars!