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Still Missing

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

148 out of 157 people found this review helpful.

Couldn't put it down, great story, brilliant book!

THERE ARE NO SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW!

I've been waiting for months for Still Missing to be released. With all of the advance press and buzz it has been generating, people have been writing tons of reviews containing intimate story details that I didn't want to hear a...
THERE ARE NO SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW!

I've been waiting for months for Still Missing to be released. With all of the advance press and buzz it has been generating, people have been writing tons of reviews containing intimate story details that I didn't want to hear about before reading the book, and I've found it very difficult to keep forcing myself not to read them. So I won't do that to you in this review.

What is commonly known about Still Missing is that it is focused around Annie, a Realtor, who is abducted while running an open house. When I started the book, I expected the entire story to be about the abduction, her survival, and eventual escape. I was wrong. The abduction, and her survival through it (and being that the book is written in the first person as Annie talks to her therapist, the fact that she survives is no secret) is only half of the book. It's the vivid and introspective view into what happens to Annie AFTER the abduction, including some completely unexpected plot twists, where the story gets interesting.

Annie is a raw person. The author has spent a great deal of time developing Annie's psychology and internal thought processes, and this is shared with the reader, making Annie a three-dimensional person with real feelings and a real life. She says what is on her mind, and she doesn't hold back. She has the ability to utilize language you would expect of a truck driver, and uses it as she sees fit. But she is not crude - she is a sharp-witted, intelligent, smart-mouthed survivor whose brilliant comebacks often had me laughing out loud. I fell in love with Annie, her damaged psyche notwithstanding. Still Missing is told in the first person, and the reader really gets to feel as though they are a part of Annie's mind. By the end of the book, I felt like I knew her as a real person. For these horrible things to be happening to someone who I felt I knew, was almost unbearable.

And that's the beauty of Still Missing. Yes, there are some grisly details - there has to be, in order for the reader to be able to understand Annie's justifications, and realize the true horror of the situation. However, these are masterfully intermixed with different, saner events within the story's timeline, filling out the background story and the characters involved. This gives the reader a rest from the horror - but that doesn't mean that you won't be blindsided around the next corner!

Eventually the flashback timeline joins the present day timeline, and just when you think you've got the story figured out, and are expecting things to wind down - some totally unexpected plot twists are thrown your way. Annie's adaptation to these plot twists make for my favorite part of the story - they really show what she is truly made of.

Still Missing is publicized as being "unputdownable" and this statement is truth in advertising. I could not put down this book, I HAD to know what was going to happen next. Practically everywhere you look, popular summer reading lists are proclaiming Still Missing as the "book of the summer." There is a very good reason for this: Still Missing is a GREAT BOOK!

Will Still Missing appeal to you? I am a middle-aged family man. I loved the book. My wife loved the book. In fact, I haven't met anyone who didn't love this book. It left me thinking about it for days afterward - and to me, that is the indication that I have just read something great. I would recommend it to anyone.

posted by FlyerIT on July 9, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

16 out of 49 people found this review helpful.

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And if course we have harriet klausner along with her hoard of plot spoilers ruining this book as well. Come on bn. When are yiu ever going to do something to harriet klausner and her excessive plot spoilers. She reveals every detail of the book, including the ending, a...
And if course we have harriet klausner along with her hoard of plot spoilers ruining this book as well. Come on bn. When are yiu ever going to do something to harriet klausner and her excessive plot spoilers. She reveals every detail of the book, including the ending, and yet nothing is done. Her posts should be deleted, she should be fined and banned.

posted by 8888649 on June 28, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2013

    !a

    And if course we have harriet klausner along with her hoard of plot spoilers ruining this book as well. Come on bn. When are yiu ever going to do something to harriet klausner and her excessive plot spoilers. She reveals every detail of the book, including the ending, and yet nothing is done. Her posts should be deleted, she should be fined and banned.

    16 out of 49 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2010

    embarrassingly bad

    I wish I had stopped reading it when I first found it sensationalistic... but the ending was so preposterous and had so little to do with how this victim was processing her trauma. Not at all what you think it is by the cover and other reviews- hey, but isn't that what they say....

    10 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2013

    Distasteful

    I did not want to finish this book because it had no redeeming qualities. There was not a bit of happiness or relief from its dark, negative narrative. Finished it anyway; sorry I did. Not worth spending that much time feeling bad.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2012

    Page after page of violence and rape.

    I stopped reading about halfway through this book I was so disturbed by it. I found the story to be lacking and the violence against the main character to be extremely excessive and unnecessary. How anyone would read this as entertaining or relaxing is beyond me.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 12, 2011

    Ludicrous!

    This book started off OK, but as it continued it became more and more ludicrous!!! It was as though the author was making up the story as he went along.....don't waste your money!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2012

    Do not recommend at all. Actually it should get no stars but B&N won't allow that.

    Way to much swearing that was not necessary for the character development. Felt it was lazy writing.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2013

    Don' t read

    This book was stupid. I thought it was never going to end........... I only gave it one star because i had to to make the review.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2012

    Loved it!

    Really enjoy her writing, can' t wait until her next book!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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