Still Missing

Still Missing

by Chevy Stevens
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Still Missing 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1020 reviews.
FlyerIT More than 1 year ago
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.
marianne68 More than 1 year ago
Good suspense, great story- very well told. Worth the money
Brooke_Dawn More than 1 year ago
This book is tragic in the sense that it demonstrates what human nature is capable of and what it can work to overcome in the end. I could not put this book down and it left me scared but rooting for the main character. It has been awhile since that has happened to me. I would very much recommend this title to others, but beware, it did give me the creeps!
-JACKI- More than 1 year ago
REAL ESTATE AGENTS: YOU MAY WANT TO FIND ANOTHER CAREER! STILL MISSING is about a 32 year old Real Estate agent, Annie O'Sullivan, who was abducted from an "open house", raped and horribly abused for almost a year before she finally escaped. Revealed through her sessions with her psychiatrist we learn of her struggle as she tries to pick up the pieces of her life and regain her crushed spirit. She endures the continued misery of trying to help the police investigation to identify the sadistic psychopath she called, "The Freak". This is an unsettling, gripping, heartbreaking and powerful journey. Wonderfully done!
bobkat More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading "Still Missing" by Chevy Stevens and am sorry it has ended. It was a great book. The characters were believable and the plot interesting and unique. The plot dealt with abduction, abuse and betrayal. It was well written and held my attention, I couldn't put it down. I haven't read a book like that in a while. I know that a lot of people would have a problem with some of the unsavory parts but without them the story would not be same. Those parts of the book were not as disturbing as others I have read, including James Patterson. I highly recommend this book. Congratulations Ms. Stevens for a job well done.
sanken211 More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. Very suspenseful. Sometimes hard to read about what this woman survives. Surprise ending was also well done. Good from start to finish. But if you can't handle the darker side of humanity, you might want to skip this one. If you can, then it's an intense but worthwhile read.
Lindsay Spears More than 1 year ago
I literally couldnt put this book down. Very suspenseful and emotional.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
JEHabs More than 1 year ago
This book was really good! The twists and how tge story all tied together, it was riveting. I'm actually a little sad i am done. I could not put this book down, it took me 3 days to read. Would highly recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasnot sure I would enjoy this given the dark subject but I did. Author leaves much of the horrors endured to the readers imagination but keeps the story moving.
Izzybeans4 More than 1 year ago
This book was am exciting page turner, I just couldn't put it down. I would not reccommend this book for someone who is "faint-hearted" some of the description and plot is disturbing. This would be an interesting book club read, and could lead to many exciting discussions!
Maria-Teresa Zimmer More than 1 year ago
Have some kleenix ready this goes beyond a psychology thriller a must read
ChelseaW More than 1 year ago
Annie is wrapping up an open house when she is abducted. Thrown into a van and taken to a strange cabin in the woods somewhere, she doesn't know where she is or anything about the man who is holding her captive. What she does know is that she must stay alive as long as possible in order for police to find her. A year later she survives, but only through a strength she wasn't sure she possessed. Told through sessions with her psychiatrist, Annie will relive that terrible time in her life. And with the help of a handsome detective, will figure out why and how this happened to her. WOW is this book ever disturbing. I sometimes wonder about the mental health of the authors who write books like these- seriously, how could someone normal come up with such vile situations? Horrible images aside, however, and this book was incredible. The first half of the book is Annie talking about her time with The Freak, the man who abducted her. This was by far the hardest part of the book to read. I had to physically put the book down and walk away after each chapter. Go listen to a happy song or something just so I could go right back to the book and dive into the terror again. But the second part of the book was much better, as Annie is safe and learning to cope in the real world again. Chevy Stevens is an amazing writer, and her decision to tell the story through Annie's psychiatrist sessions couldn't have worked better. I found myself getting mad at Annie when she was weak, and cheering her on when she was strong. Unfortunately, when the big reveal at the end was finally unleashed, I felt it was slightly anti-climactic. Compared to all of the guesses I had in my head, the actually ending was not nearly as powerful. But the end certainly did not take away from the rest of the book. Stevens is currently working on her next book, but Still Missing is not I will soon forget.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Though this book deals with a very disturbing crime, it is well worth your time. The characters feel real, your empathy is genuine and the ending is not rushed or out of left field. I will definitely read more by this outstanding author!
Crytal More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked the storyline of this book and the way the character told the of the events. Cleverly written. It will make many of us that work alone think about better safety measures. The only thing that kept this read from 4 stars is the foul language used throughout the book. I don't believe it was necessary because the quality of the storyline was good enough to keep the reader's interest. I never have liked when a good writer resorts to using bad language when its not necessary. Proof of this is in Chevy Steven's book Never Knowing, because eventhough she uses a couple of four letter words the book is was excellent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great writing and a very original plotline. I enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chevy Stevens is a great story teller. She has a gift for suspense that keeps you from even considering putting the book down.
Lisa Roderigues More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Could not put down! ABSOLUTELY RECOMMEND!!!
Nicole Conner More than 1 year ago
Truly enjoyed this book - creative perspective of Annie , the victim, telling the whole story to her therapist. Good characters and very interesting story line. I highly recommend.
HeatherreadsAL More than 1 year ago
Good Mystery with a touch of romance. Unexpected twist at the end.
TheCrowdedLeaf More than 1 year ago
Still Missing is Chevy Stevens' debut novel, and if her first book has anything to say about her writing, I would bet she's going to be sticking with the thriller genre for sometime. Annie O'Sullivan was pretty content with her life at the age of thirty-two. A semi-successful realtor, she has a good boyfriend, a fabulous old Victorian house, and a loving golden retriever named Emma. On a day like any other she's at an open house for one of her listings. She's about to pack up and head home when a last potential client pulls up. Little does Annie know, but the potential client has been stalking her for years. Still Missing is Annie's story about the year she spent as a hostage to The Freak, and the deep hole of depression and fear she's working her way out of, all while trying to help the police identify her kidnapper and the people who may have helped him. As a debut novel, Still Missing was impressive. Once I became involved in Annie's plot, it was hard to put down, even during the most disturbing and difficult parts. Many times I wanted to cry with Annie, for Annie. But she persevered and so did I. Stevens' doesn't mince over the more difficult aspects of the kidnapping, it's not hard for the reader to figure out what's going to happen to Annie. It's a difficult read, sometimes explicit, and many times heartbreaking. My only complaint is the inconsistency between the two narrative parts. At the beginning and end of each chapter Annie is supposedly speaking to her therapist. My problem is that Doc never speaks back to Annie, and there are no quotation marks to signify speech. It's almost like reading a letter that Annie is writing to her therapist. Later in the novel when Annie has dealings in the present with family members and the police there is regular dialogue, so I wish Stevens' had blended these two parts instead of trying to separate Annie talking to Doc from Annie's story. It seemed like a tool an inexperienced writer would rely on, and I think Stevens' is better than that. Still Missing is not an easy read, Annie is kidnapped and raped and even worse things happen to her. But if you can get past the difficult parts you will find Stevens' debut a gripping thriller and Annie's story a powerful one.
TheReadingRaven More than 1 year ago
Still Missing is a story about Annie O'Sullivan - a woman who was abducted and held captive. The book also covers her subsequent life afterward. This was such a visceral account that I couldn't put the book down, even falling asleep with it still in my hands. Through Annie's eyes, even the mundane things were huge ordeals, such as getting an apple for good behavior. The author's description of how Annie felt was so real, so palpable that you had to take a breath before reading on. Annie is such a realistic character; I'd want to be her friend. Reading about her confinement and mental duress was challenging yet enthralling. I could feel her pain, frustration, anger, hatred, fear and will to survive. For me, the ending twisted in a different direction than I thought it would end up, however, I absolutely savored every page. I plan on reading the next novel from this new author!
CatherineNC More than 1 year ago
This book was such a disappointment due to its last chapters. The author didn't know how to end the book so she came up with a fairytale, silly ending! I would have given it a four (4) star rating because it really was a page turner in spite of the graphic nature. The preposterous last chapters did not wrap the story line together, it became so ludicrous, I lost all its value as a "must read". I so would have liked to give it a higher rating but denouement was awful!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I usually do not write reviews, but I had to for this book! I could not put this thing down! I was soo disappointed when it was over, and I have still not found a book that even comes close to the suspense and captivation that this book gave me. This is a must read and I highly recommend it!