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Most Helpful Favorable Review

110 out of 117 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

11 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

Definitely NOT a Jodi Picoult

I downloaded this book because an editorial review said, 'Some may like this if they enjoy Jodi Picoult's writing'. WRONG. Jodi Picoult is my favorite author and I'm ashamed there was even a comparison between these two authors. I enjoyed the actual captive part of this...
I downloaded this book because an editorial review said, 'Some may like this if they enjoy Jodi Picoult's writing'. WRONG. Jodi Picoult is my favorite author and I'm ashamed there was even a comparison between these two authors. I enjoyed the actual captive part of this story, but when the victim was retelling it in the shrink's office, I skimmed through it. The ending was great and I definitely did not expect it, but overall I felt it dragged through the middle.

posted by 3628030 on July 26, 2010

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  • Posted September 12, 2010

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    Waste of Time!

    Usually, even if a book is not that well written, I will still give 3 to 4 stars based on plot. In my opinion, this book failed at even that. I think the author had a really interesting idea going, but failed to really make the ending believable. The two plots didn't really tie together for me enough at the end and I feel as if she just came up with something quickly so that she had a finish. The last sentence was literally laughable and did not make any kind of impact on me whatsoever. I decided to read this book because it was recommended to me after I read ROOM, which was fantastic--I wish I could say the same about this book.
    Don't waste your time.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2013

    Book

    I enjoyed this book.

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  • Posted November 8, 2013

    This book was not at all what I was looking for when I picked it

    This book was not at all what I was looking for when I picked it up. And because it was so different, I put it down for a while and almost didn't pick it back up. But I'm one of those who pretty much always has to finish a book. And I guess I'm glad I did. I didn't gain anything by reading it, but once I got past the rough patch at the beginning, I found it to be holding my interest. An ok read but probably not one that I'd recommended.

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

    SO FAR SO GOOD

    I have to.admit i.lile it so.far

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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